Gumpoldskirchen, Sep 2020
What Are the different types of Newborn Photography offered by Carlota Stewart Photography?
Before choosing a professional photographer for your newborn’s photos, you should consider the different types of newborn photography available.
Some photographers specialize in just one style, while others may shoot a variety. In this article, I’ll go over the three most popular genres: Fresh 48, In-Studio Posed, and Lifestyle.
1. Fresh 48 Newborn Photography
Fresh 48 is exactly what its name says it is. It is portraiture of your new baby during the first 48 hours after birth, taken in the hospital. Photographers who specialize in this type of newborn photography are usually contracted thru your hospital to provide this service.
2. In-Studio Posed Newborn Photography
In-studio posed newborn photography, on the other hand, gives a lot more creative freedom for the photographer, including control of lights and environment. With this type of newborn photography, you get adorably posed sleeping babies wrapped up and using a variety of props. Expect to be in the photographer’s studio for 2 to 3 hours, as you’ll end up feeding your baby a few times, waiting for him/her to fall into a deep sleep, and taking plenty of breaks as needed and dictated by your baby. Most photographers in this genre prefer to work with babies that are 3 to 14 days old. That’s because this is the optimal timeframe when babies can fall into a deep sleep and won’t startle much when touched and repositioned.
In my studio, only sibling photos may be included in these type of sessions. Just keep in mind, though, this type of photography is heavily focused on getting solo variation portraits of the newborn.
Please note, that due to Covid19, these type of sessions are not recommended at the moment. Since your and your baby is a priority, I personally do not think it is wise to handle and/or pose babies for this niche of photography. Hopefully, my studio will be fully operative as soon as the second wave of the virus goes away.
To check out some of my previous newborn posed in studio visit my Instagram!
3. Lifestyle Newborn Photography
Lifestyle newborn photography is usually done in the comfort of the client’s home and is the one I've been recommending lately as I will not pose your baby. Your baby will remain in your arms the entire time and distancing is kept at all times, thus ensuring your family safety. Unlike the in-studio posed newborn style, these sessions are for those who wish to have a more natural portraiture experience focused on the new family. This type of session is best for those who wish to document the connections between each member of the family and the new baby.
There are fewer props (or none at all) used for this type of newborn photography. During my sessions you are welcome to borrow a variety of wraps for the baby which will look very nice during the photoshoot.
The advantage to these sessions is that the whole family can be included, even your pet! Usually these sessions also last around 2-3 hours and also we don not need to worry if the baby does not fall asleep. A baby that is awake and alert can be incredibly curious and I love portraying their own little personalities! These sessions are very relaxed and laid back.
When to Reserve a photoshoot?
Reserve your newborn photo session by the end of your second trimester. However, give yourself plenty of time before that to research the different types of newborn photography available and the photographers who offer them. This way, you’ll have already established a relationship with a few photographers of your choice and will be ready to reserve your session by the end of your second trimester.
Are you ready to book a photoshoot with me or have more questions? Just drop me a line here, I will love to hear from you to answer all your doubts!