For lifestyle photoshoots, there is much more flexibility in photoshoot timings, and we can quite comfortably still do newborn lifestyle photography up until your baby is around 6 weeks new.
My most popular sessions are posed newborn photoshoots with a few lifestyle images added to the end of the shoot - giving you the best of both worlds.
Editing Style: Regardless of the style of photography you go for, you may also want to find out what level of editing your photographer will go to in Lightroom and Photoshop (or other image editing software). You can often see a photographer’s editing style and skills when you look closely at their images - for example has the skin been over “softened” (looks plastic) or is there an obvious blur applied to the background? Are the colours consistent within a gallery? Do skin tones look healthy? (If in doubt, look for editing which is not obvious).
Personally, I hand edit all of the images I create. My style is timeless and classic, with a slightly artistic, fine art feel to some images (where it suits them), whist still keeping the memories authentic and true. I edit in both Lightroom and Photoshop, using each for different purposes.
I usually remove any temporary skin blemishes, unless you prefer me not to. This can manifest as flaky skin or baby acne in newborns, which I tend to remove, but without making your baby’s skin look plastic or giving that ‘soft focus’ look so often associated with the 1970s. If you have any specific concerns regarding skin blemishes or anything like that, please let me know and I will be mindful of it during the editing stage. Of course, kids habitually have runny noses and the like, and I can easily remove these thing for you.
When you have a newborn photography session with me, your final gallery will consist of colour images, but I also love the timelessness of black and white imagery. For this reason, when an image lends itself to a black and white conversion, I will also include this second copy of your image in your gallery too.
What next? I would highly recommend looking at the portfolio of a few different local newborn & baby portrait photographers when you are picking your newborn portrait session. Find a photographer whose art you adore (not just looking at lifestyle vs posed images, but also the colours, textures and props they use (there’s a whole other blog post just in that)), and whose editing style you like. Once you’ve found a shortlist, check out their reviews on Google & Facebook and after that, there’s nothing like speaking to a photographer on the phone. For me certainly, this is when I can answer all your questions as they come, and we begin to form the connection that we cement during your photoshoot.
If it feels right in your heart, then I’d say ‘go for it!’
For more details on newborn photography sessions (whether you choose to book with me or not) feel free to give me a call or leave a comment below.
P.S. I do hope you’ve found this blog post helpful, please feel free to share your feedback with me and to suggest other topics you’d like me to write about.