What is a “Lifestyle Newborn Session?”

April 5, 2018

New dad holds his newborn baby girl at a newborn photography session in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


talk about a truly once-in-a-lifetime moment type of shoot – newborn photos are every bit as important as a wedding day, I think. after all, your little one will only be that sleepy & tiny once! since that’s the case, I’m going to break down for you guys exactly what a “lifestyle” newborn photography session is, and why I this is my preferred method of capturing newborns.

so what exactly defines a “lifestyle” session? simply put, it’s photography capturing your life, as it is (or, more honestly, in its very clean and polished and showered but still authentic state). the beautiful photos you see of babies lounging in hanging blankets or curled up in flowery baskets are amazing, but those aren’t exactly the day-to-day (unless they are, and then you’re winning mom-ing). Lifestyle is you, your family, and your little one… it’s literally your style of life, captured. It’s nursery cuddles, blanket snuggles, and the occasional older sibling or pet coming in to look curiously at the new baby. the purpose of a lifestyle session is to document these special and fleeting moments in the first few weeks of your baby’s life, and of course to capture the amazing, breathtaking beauty of your baby. since I started with newborn photography, this has been by far my preferred style of shooting, because there’s so much more emotion in the reality of your life with your new baby than there ever will be in a super styled shoot.

how do you know if a lifestyle session is right for your future baby? I definitely recommend doing your research – if you find that you’re drawn to really stylized photos, I would communicate that to your photographer, and also find a photographer that specializes in those. if you find you’re more drawn to moment captures and lifestyle shots, that’s important to vocalize as well! in my experience, many photographers can be skilled at both, but will definitely prefer one over the other. I would also recommend my future new mommas to do all of this research well before you’re about to give birth (like, more on the end of when you discover you’re expecting!) – that way you have time to find someone who jives perfectly with your style, and also make sure that you can get a firm spot in that photographer’s schedule.

are you considering me as your newborn photographer? or maybe considering whether you’d like a lifestyle session or not? check out a few of my favorite lifestyle newborn images below, and as always, please reach out if you have more questions!


Black and white photo of a newborn baby sleeping on a blanket during a newborn photo session in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.



Lifestyle photography of a newborn baby girl and a little puppy during an at-home newborn photo session in Greensboro, North Carolina.


New parents hold their newborn baby at a lifestyle newborn photography session in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


New mom snuggles her newborn baby at a newborn photography session in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Newborn baby snuggles up in a blanket and sleeps during her lifestyle newborn photography session in Greensboro, North Carolina.


New dad snuggles his newborn baby at a newborn photo session.




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