What Is Lifestyle Newborn Photography?


What Is Lifestyle Newborn Photography?

Candid photography is raw. It is uncut moments in time. It is a person getting on the bus. It's a split second. It's a someone in their natural environment, not posing for a camera. It is not perfect photographs featuring perfect posing and lighting.

Lifestyle newborn photography combines that candid photojournalism with baby-led posing and natural lighting. It creates a more modern style. Photographers who specialize in lifestyle photography create images of people doing things they would normally do, in a natural setting.

This is my preferred style of photography and let me tell you why.

Newborn lifestyle photography is about documenting the life of a brand new little person. It is about capturing the personality of each baby and celebrating their uniqueness. It's about the feelings between two parents as they realize the future years of their life have been forever changed for the better.

And through newborn lifestyle photography, I get to immerse myself in their life even for a couple hours and enjoy and capture the love that is surrounding them.

In order to document these feelings, an environment needs to be created that helps them connect. Lifestyle photographers often need to be able to photograph their subjects as if there is no camera in the room. It takes time for parents to feel completely comfortable, so these sessions can never be rushed. With newborns, I follow their cues, the positions they prefer, and if they should move their arm, stretch out those tiny feet, give me a great big yawn, I photograph it. Those moments are as, if not more important. Being able to capture the personality of a newborn baby in images is something new parents are sure to treasure completely.

Every life is so valuable, so beautiful, so precious. There are ways that a baby will yawn or in how a mom will rock her little girl against her chest, that is beautiful. There are stories and narratives we can tell through capturing these moments that people can keep forever. In a glimpse of these first few months of their life, we get to capture their innocence, their story, their personality, how very loved they are. We get to capture it not in a rigid way, but them as they are in their element.

Lifestyle newborn photography takes the planning and preparation of newborn studio portrait sessions and combines it with the raw, uncut moments of newborn photo-journalistic photography. The result is a brand new form of art. One that leaves parents breathless. One that leaves a lasting memory, of that perfect little babe and the feelings of love that surround them.


"We had a wonderful time with the photographer. Karen made us feel comfortable and answered any questions we had. The shots taken were great and we have some lovely newborn photos that we can cherish forever. We would strongly recommend her and her services to any new parents." - Steve Moffatt