Welcoming your newest addition home is such a beautiful, exciting, nerve-wrecking, and wild experience. It feels like time is going by so fast but also moving so slow. It’s long nights, long days, little sleep, a lot of snuggles, and asking google how to do every dang thing.
And while all of that is happening, I’m here to tell you to schedule your newborn photos. I know, I know… you’re probably imagining something like Fall family photos out in the wilderness holding a newborn. But that’s not really my jam… I’m talking about a timeless newborn session in the comfort of your home. Get as dressed up as you want or don’t! Don’t want to wear any make-up and would rather stay in a cozy robe? That’s great! There is something so magical about this time getting to know yourself as a mom (and dad) and learning all about your baby.
I’m a big fan of in-home newborn photos. They tell the story of “HOME” – the first place your baby gets comfortable outside of your womb! Imagine nursing your baby on the rocking chair in their nursery, or folding baby clothes while they take a nap. As a mom of 2, I can guarantee that you will look back at these photos SO happy to see these early memories from someone else’s perspective – the perspective of a mom who has been there done that and MISSES IT! So when you’re nap trapped, potentially sitting in a fresh blowout, remember there’s someone out there (ME!!!), that will make those memories feel special and beautiful. Because they are.
I was recently asked to photograph this in-home newborn session for a girlfriend from college. Claire, and her husband Anthony, met at Sonoma State University and currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their home is a special place to Claire – it’s actually Claire’s childhood home. What a full circle story!
Claire and Anthony welcomed their sweet girl, Gianna, at the end of October of 2022. I always recommend newborn photos to be done within the first 3 weeks. Baby’s are still sleepy and curled up. It makes for easy photos when they’ve been fed and just want to cuddle. And Gianna did just that… lots of cute nap faces while cuddling against mom and dad.
You don’t need to do a lot of prep for your newborn session. It’s all about the relationship you have with your little one!