Styled or lifestyle shoots
Popularised by Anne Geddes, styled or posed newborn shoots remain high in demand. Babies are perfectly posed, usually in blankets, wraps, baskets, hats and headbands.
Whether one needs a studio with studio lighting or not, is usually the first question asked in my workshops. In my mind the answer is no. The nature and characteristics of window light makes it particularly suitable for newborn photography. Some baby photographers have dedicated baby studio’s with lots of beautiful window light, but any well lit area could work.
A styled shoot, must be done as soon as possible after birth, but preferably in the first 2 weeks, when the little one is still mostly sleepy and happy to be moulded into the poses.
Lifestyle type shoots, are usually shot in the babies home environment and often include other family members. More photojournalistic in style, the aim is to capture baby’s day to day routine, with those spontaneous and special interactions with Mommy and baby or baby and siblings etc. These images are natural and un-posed.