What ARE Family & Newborn Lifestyle Sessions exactly?
Family & Newborn Lifestyle Sessions are so very important. I believe these unique and personal sessions are the best gift you can give to yourself and to your family. What better way to honor your memories and build a beautiful set of heirloom images that will last your children’s lifetime. A lifestyle session is so much more than great family photos set in beautiful location, lifestyle sessions are all about capturing the small moments beautifully… the details in your daily life. These sessions are the real moments in our lives that are so important but also fade so quickly as time goes on. Lifestyle sessions document big big moments like a milestone birthday or bringing a new baby home, but they are also the small moments that go unnoticed… the Saturdays spent at soccer games, the treasured t-shirt your three year old refuses to take off.
I love my personal lifestyle sessions for families and individuals & for newborns too.
Newborn Lifestyle Sessions
Newborn Lifestyle sessions are insanely important. As a mother of 4 young children, I can tell you, straight from my heart, I’ve already forgot so much of the early days of motherhood and not just with my oldest who is 8 but also with my youngest who is only 2. In the first couple of weeks whenbringing home a newborn, your world is completely flipped upside down. It is so fresh and new, night becomes day and and day becomes night. I often describe those first days as the newborn fog… A wonderfully, magical newborn fog.
This is where I come in, as not only newborn photographer but also a parent who gets just how important and sacred this time in your family is.
My Newborn lifestyle sessions are slow and relaxed. They are so much more than a beautifully posed baby with cute accessories. In fact I don’t spend much time posing your baby at all… a few photos on an heirloom quilt is great but, I will take portraits of your new baby in your arms.
I photograph you feeding the baby, changing the baby, snuggling in bed with your baby, the window light in your nursing chair, the small details that run together and are so fleeting! The smallness of a new baby in your arms is insanely hard to remember, and those days when siblings were adjusting to a brand new little brother or sister… even those scowls are precious and so treasured as you little ones grow faster an faster.
I will be the very first person to admit that life with newborns is hard. Being a new mom is tricky. Those early days can be pretty darn amazing but also exhausting, especially if you have other kids underfoot! We, moms put so much pressure on ourselves to look perfect and have it all pulled together all the time. I’m and here to tell you that perfect is never going to happen. Trust me, I’ve tried.. and I’ve failed… and I’ve beat myself up far too many times to count. I’ve also hid from he camera when I didn’t feel like I was beautiful or I was too big. I wish I hadn’t… I try to encourage you new Mom’s to get in front of the camera in those days even if your house is messy, your other kids are running wildly in circles around you! Those first days are days you will never want to forget and images of you holding a new baby are photos you will NEVER regret taking in 10 years time. Prioritize your memories, they are so very important.
Family Lifestyle Sessions
My Family Lifestyle Sessions are a great investment for your family memories. During a lifestyle session we have more time together than mini-sessions or traditional family photos. That means more time for your kids to feel comfortable with me and act naturally. We have more time to hang out around your kitchen island, play in the back yard. Maybe even a clothing change and head to a local restaurant or park that you visit often. The locations are completely personal to you, the memories or traditions you wish to remember are up to you because your family is so very unique. I understand how intimidating it can be to figure out WHAT you want to document. That is what I’m here for!! I am so happy to help you come up with a great session idea, I will ask you questions about what is happening in your life and together we come up with the perfect lifestyle session together.
What if you don’t know how to “act naturally” in front of the camera?
I’m still me. I’m still going to encourage connection & family fun. I’m going to ask questions of you and your kids. You better believe I will be on the look out for the best natural window light spots in your home for a few great portraits. Don’t be surprised if pull open all the shades and maybe even move a couch for a big family photo!
Stop and think about the small things you love so much that maybe go un-noticed in the hustle of our daily lives.
This Momma told me she loved how her son Jack, ran down the hallway to the kitchen at full speed every single time he left his room.
Or maybe it is the way your daughter climbs the counter top to reach the cereal bowls…
A trip to your neighborhood park is a GREAT memory to document. How many times have you visited that park last summer? How dreamy is that afternoon light in your neighborhood when you take a family walk after dinner?
How many shots did your son take on that school yard hoop the year he turned 10 and dreamed of NBA stardom?
What about playing in your own backyard, the hours spent playin in your own space can quickly be taken for granted when thinking about family photos, but really… what better place to make some memories together!?!
Does your little one love collecting the eggs from your chickens or have a favorite chore?
This play house in our back yard won’t last too many more years and I’m so glad I have this image to remember all of the potions & restaurants my kids have made in this little space.
Think of small details you will treasure too. My youngest son will not carry that small match box car in his hand forever… Will this small detail in this photo remind me of the harried moments when we lost that beloved blue truck and were ‘all hands on deck’ searching high and low for it?
Maybe you want to remember that special book you read no less than 2,457 times one year. The book you can recite in your sleep. You won’t read that book forever. Trust me.
What about a special day with Grandma? The amazing grandma, who is teaching her grandchildren how to sew their very own quilts? Or maybe she has a special cookie tradition you know you need documented!
I also love family time spent around the table! Maybe your favorite local restaurant or a simple bowl of cheerios at your own table. Food is family! Let me come and document a meal with you and your favorite people… even if it is on paper plates and a you ordered in pizza. No judgement here, we like to cook the Kwik Trip thin crust pizzas at our house.
I always sprinkle in a few photos of y’all together looking in my general direction too. During our session, I offer you gentle guidance to help you get comfortable in front of the camera and be your natural selves!
My lifestyle sessions are all about capturing your authentic family life. My sessions are created for those who want to remember this special season of their lives… whichever season that may be.
I encourage you to think back to your own childhood, what memories are important to you? What family traditions do you remember?
To the Photographer Moms & Dads…
Are you a parent who loves taking photos of your children and family? Maybe you are also a professional photographer, like me. I am talking to you… you need to take this moment to invest in yourself, bring in a photographer to photograph YOU participating in your family life! Don’t feel guilty for not documenting your family moments simply because you know how. Your family wants to remember you playing with them and cooking for them too. Trust me, I know it is hard to stand in front of the lens when you are normally the captain of the camera.
I invest in myself and my family by booking a photographer each year too. My kids deserve to see me living my life with them. I want them to have photos of me participating just as much as they will remember me documenting!
Email me for more information on planning your own custom lifestyle session. I’d love to tell your family’s story and help you keep your precious memories safe from forget. Let’s get started!