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Why I Chose Lifestyle Newborn Photography - Plymouth, MI

Wide-awake newborns used to scare the CRAP out of me. I thought I HAD to photograph them sleeping. When I was first learning about newborn photography, every image I found was of a perfectly posed baby sleeping in basket, wrapped up like a cute peanut. I thought my clients wanted that. I would spend the majority of our sessions trying to get newborns to sleep. There was so much “shhhhing”. So much rocking. Playing hot potato with the paci. Too much heat (rumor has it newborns like to be warm. They can be so demanding seesh, lol JKKKK)

Now? It doesn’t matter if the baby is sleeping or wide-awake. I’ll photograph them in your arms, in their crib, and every spot in between. Lifestyle newborn photography changed the way I think about newborns. What if the baby is crying? I’ll probably continue to click my shutter so you can remember that moment when mama soothes her newborn during the early days.

For this session, baby Ian was wide-awake the whole time. And I LOVED it. He has such an old soul already. He held his stare for so long. He was super content being loved on by his family all morning.

These photos are just an example of why I chose lifestyle photography. No expectations of that perfectly posed photo. Just your family, doing you. This amazing mama text me later that night and said “this was the most chill photo session ever. We so appreciate that and it shows in the sweet pictures.”

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What to Expect During a Family Photography Session - Plymouth, MI

Hey all! If you know me even a tiny bit, you probably know I am a type-A, cruise director.  Because of this, the way my photography sessions flow is super important to me.  I like to have a plan, a roadmap.  I've worked through this roadmap for the last year and I've finally figured out what works best for me.  I wanted to share how my family (and most newborn) sessions flow, what to expect, and some go-to poses that can be seen within my family galleries.  My hope in sharing these poses and photos is that you have a better understanding of what your final gallery will look like (and if you're type-A like me, this will put your mind at ease).  Enjoy! xo

The "Grandma" Pose
Yes, Grandma. Because Grandma is the only one who loves this photo.  Everyone looking at the camera and me saying "1, 2, 3, PICKLES!"  I rarely share these photos on Facebook.  Why?  Because it is not the reason I want to book sessions.  The magic happens after the Grandma Pose.

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Everyone Look at Each Other! 
This immediately follows the Grandma Pose.  I might ask your family questions to get genuine interactions.  Or maybe I'll take a step back and observe.  I'll ask siblings to tickle each other or encourage hugging.  Either way, these are some of my favorites. 

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Siblings
I always try to get siblings together every session.  It can be tough if the kids are smaller, but I do my best. It typically involves a lot of hugging, booger investigation, and maybe an ice-cream bribe or two. 

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Mom + Kids / Dad + Kids
I love to give Mom and Dad some solo time with the kiddos.  I'm typically asking the kids to hug mom or tell her why you love her.  For dads, I tell the kids to "get dad!!" 

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Child Portraits
Every parent deserves a portrait of their kids. Classic, simple, authentic. I usually take the kids aside, get on their level, and ask them questions.  If the kids are older I ask them about their friends, school, or favorite activities.  If they are younger, I'll make silly faces or play peek-a-boo.  I'll ask to see their happy face, sad face, surprised face, and scared face. Portraits will always have a special place in my heart.

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Mom + Dad
Last, but not least - Mom and Dad. More likely than not, Mom and Dad haven't have a professional photo taken since their wedding. Family sessions are usually all about the kids, but I like to take a few minutes and focus on the parents. 

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Play time! 
At this point in the session, everyone is a little more relaxed.  We got the important photos out of the way so the pressure is off.  Sometimes I'll pose the parents on a blanket, pile the kids on top, and start shooting.  Cuddling and hugging come easier.  If there are older kids in the session, I let them run around and burn energy.  If it's a newborn session, I simply observe.  It all depends on the family vibe.

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I hope this gave you a little more insight into how my family photo sessions work.  If you're interested in a family session, contact me today! xo

Newborn Snuggles - Lifestyle Newborn Photographer - Plymouth, MI

If there was one subject I could photograph over and over again, it would be newborns.  The snuggles, the new baby smell, the (very sleepy) parents, THE SNUGGLES.  I've had the pleasure of photographing a handful of newborns this year and I never get tired of them.   I love the challenge of going into a home not knowing the light situation and being able to produce beautiful images.  I love the simplicity of a baby in a white onesie.  I love the snuggles :)

If you or anyone you know is looking for a newborn photographer, please send them my way! xo

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