How the "So what do you do?" conversation typically goes for me:
"I capture motherhood. I'm a maternity and newborn photographer."
"Oh that is so sweet! I just love those babies in those cute crochet outfits & beautiful baskets!"
"Actually, I'm a lifestyle photographer so my babies aren't posed. Just a sweet baby with her family."
"Do you have a studio?"
"No, I always photograph my families in their own home."
"Interestesting." **insert slightly confused yet intrigued look**
Lifestyle newborn photography isn't much of a known name outside of the photography world. When one hears newborn photography, she typically thinks posed baby, cute hat, adorable background, Anne Geddes. It is beautiful. It takes a real skill. But it's not me at all.
So that leaves me to explain the type of newborn photography I love to do: lifestyle newborn photography. It is unposed, relaxed, no props, no background. It's just your family, your home, your new life.
I picked up a camera to tell the story of my children's daily lives, and that desire translates into my professional work. I want to tell the story of you bringing home your first baby and how the dog whimpered every time she cried. I want to document the craziness of bringing home your second with your oldest still in diapers and how he suddenly looked like a big kid overnight. I want you in the photos, with all of your new parent tiredness shining through - but also with that look of awe you inevitably get when rocking your baby in the nursery you spent hours putting together.
With a lifestyle newborn photography session, I come into your home to capture the special moments of your family: siblings holding the little one, dad mastering the swaddle and all the funny in-between moments of the dog jumping on the couch and trying to steal the show. I photograph the little touches in the nursery that means so much to you. I freeze this fleeting moment in time when all is new and fresh and full of promise.
With a lifestyle session, you'll not just say "Remember when..." You will be able to pull out the album and say "Look, this is when..." And all the memories of those first few weeks as a growing family come flooding back. It is a gift to have and I see it as a gift to capture.
If this style speaks to you, I would love to have a conversation about documenting your family. Let's start chatting here!
And SUPER FUN sidenote: a few of my photographer friends are doing a blog circle! I'm honored to send you off to my friend Tanya Moon. She's a lifestyle photographer in Columbia, TN, just south of us here in Bowling Green, Kentucky! She's a black & white photo lover like myself, and I am in love with her compositions. You will be too!
Whitney Williams of Sweet Wally Photography creates custom photography experiences for women becoming mothers. She is a lifestyle newborn photographer in Bowling Green, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee, and she is available for travel.