• Charlotte Nelson

The Top Reasons To Have Your Newborn Photographed At Home

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

Harrogate Newborn Photographer

As a newborn photographer, I can personally say there is nothing more comfortable and special than photographing a family with their brand new little human in the comforts of their own home. It offers a genuine way of telling the story of your newborn within their home with the love and emotional connection between your newborn baby and your family. As a new parent, you may be wondering what is the best choice for you? Studio sessions, while formal and nice, don’t provide many of the benefits that at-home lifestyle newborn sessions do. Here are the top reasons:

No Need to Travel

The most obvious reason why having you’re newborn photographed at home with a lifestyle photographer is the most appealing; when you’re a new mum, the last thing you want to do is get out and travel all the way to a studio with a newborn. And what about all the questions and slight worries of “what if’s...” and “what I need to bring...” and “should we pack... for the session?” There is no need to worry about any of those questions and concerns when you have a photographer coming directly to you. I can honestly say I am an example of this with my firstborn I did a studio shoot. I arrived at the studio without my changing bag it was the last thing on my mind! I was thinking about getting there on time, making sure my baby had had a feed etc. Needless to say… well, you can only imagine with no nappies it was a bit stressful!

Calm and Peaceful for You All

Right after labour, comfort and ease not only just for your new baby, but for yourself, is key. And when you are relaxed, so your baby. Having a frazzled morning and rushing out the door is the last thing you want for your session. I work with you and the baby so no worries if they are sleeping/awake/needs to feed I totally understand being a mum too. These are portraits you’ll print and frame and create an album with for your child. You want to feel good on this day. Makeup and hair can be done also for an extra treat too @luisalovesmakeup. Everything you need is right there at your fingertips; whether the baby needs to be nursed or changed, this newborn session is relaxing, fun and stress-free.

Siblings are Comfortable

Sibling shots can be the trickiest to capture during a newborn session. Oftentimes the focus has been on your newborn, and I want to make sure I include your other children as much as I can in this shared experience together! Siblings shots are a must, and I always aim to get these classic images right at the beginning of the session. Children are much more comfortable, relaxed and less overwhelmed at home. With this being such an intense time in your young child’s life (hey – this is a lot of change for them!) Having a session in the comforts of your child’s home will provide a much easier and successful portrait experience. Once we get those family and sibling shots, they can go on their merry way and continue on having fun!

Your Home Surroundings

There is nothing more special than having a session at your home. Incorporating the aspects of you and your loved ones. With an at-home newborn session, we have plenty of flexibility and variety of backgrounds, such as shooting in different rooms of the house, as well as photographing in your outside space. No need to clean the house or anything it really is a small space I need. Lifestyle newborn photographs are authentic and focus on the love and connection between your family. When you look back on your photographs in years to come they will be real life memories of you holding your tiny baby in your own home rather than just a portrait in a studio.

Your First Home Memory

The home you brought your new family member to in the first days of life. You’ll always remember this space forever. When you book a lifestyle newborn photographer to come to your home directly, we’re able to get those precious nursery moments – the space where you held those late-night feedings and the bedroom where your family finally joined together for the first snuggle. These are priceless moments that you’ll treasure forever and wish time would have stood still.

I hope this has helped you to see the benefits to at-home lifestyle sessions with a newborn photographer. If you’re considering in-home newborn photography I would love to hear from you. If you are looking for a lifestyle newborn photographer in Leeds, Harrogate, Ilkley or across Yorkshire then I would love to hear from you! BOOK YOUR NEWBORN SESSION


"We can’t recommend Charlotte enough, she’s very talented!

Charlotte was extremely patient and made us feel at ease, despite what felt like a very hectic morning (as they always are with a very tiny newborn!). Charlotte soon made us feel relaxed and comfortable and produced the most beautiful photographs capturing some very precious moments with our perfect newborn baby.

A quick turnaround meant we got to see the final results very quickly, and we were thrilled.

Thank you, Charlotte! Xx " - Olivia Elizabeth Appleyard Gribben

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