Photographed this sweet family this fall when baby J was three months old. We went for a short walk via Boston Common to Boston Public Garden, and when baby J was slightly chilly and uncomfortable, we turned around and walked back to her cozy apartment. She was as happy as a clam to be back home, and we had fun hanging out and taking pictures.

My approach to newborn photography is very different. It’s more like newborn family photography, and it’s fun, candid, and relaxed (as good as it gets :)). These casual family pictures have a soul, and speak to me so much more than posed newborn pictures with tons of props and distracting details.

– Your first few weeks with a newborn are so special (stressful, I am sure) but full of all kinds of emotions and memories. And I feel documenting that time in your life is definitely an asset.

– I have spoken to many moms, and some moms don’t feel like they are ready for a photoshoot just weeks after childbirth. I look at it as a reason to dress a little, get your hair done, and bring that feeling of normalcy back in your life. And by dress a little, I mean, wear what you feel the most comfortable in but just a little make up or pretty earrings can make you feel special.

– Newborn photography sessions in the comfort of your home are relatively hassle free. My sessions are very laid-back and easy going. We take all the needed feeding, burping, diaper changing breaks, and make it a relaxed experience. Sometimes even a cat nap break. For example, when baby J was not very comfortable in the park, we came back home right away, took a feeding/napping break, and were back in business all smiles.

– Props. And Props. I get asked a lot if I bring props with me. The answer is no, I usually don’t. I have a couple of cute furry blankets, and I can bring those, if asked, but I’d rather incorporate special items that you already own — heirloom/grandma-knit blankets/hats/booties, sibling hand-me-downs, or anything else that’s important and meaningful to you.

– Newborn lifestyle photography sessions at home also give you a great opportunity to document your baby’s nursery if you have spent months decorating and painting, and you plan on spending hours in. All the little cute knick knacks, toys (dare I say Sophie the Giraffe!), first gifts are all so worth photographing. For example, baby J’s beautiful clouds crib mobile was hand made by her mom, and the picture of mom, dad and baby intercating in their everyday setting, just priceless.

– And those moms and parents who need a change of scenery from everyday routine, a combination of indoor and outdoor session (nearby park/backyard) works really well.

– Finally, this cute little human is your creation so hold, cuddle, and enjoy your baby with your partner so the photos look authentic.

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