Documentary newborn photography
Newborn photography in a studio usually happens within baby’s first two weeks of life. A young newborn is usually very sleepy, so it is much easier to achieve specific poses at that time. With documentary newborn photography, there is more freedom and flexibility. Since there is no intervention from the photographer, the session can take place anytime between the first few hours to the first months of life. It all depends on the story you want documented and how you feel.
Do you want photos where you and your newborn get acquainted and discover each other? A photo session during the first few hours after birth (Fresh 48) would be wonderful for you! Or would you prefer images of a newborn that is more awake and aware of the surroundings? If that is the case, a documentary session at home is a great option!
Daphné’s documentary newborn photography session at home
Daphné was one month old when I photographed her at home with her family. Her mom had fully recovered from her birth and the routine was already established. Grandma had even flown over from the province of Québec to be with the family. She was there to meet her latest granddaughter and give a hand with the children, meal preparation and other household chores.
A documentary newborn session at home will help Daphné’s family remember the little things that were a part of raising her. That routine will soon become history, so why not keep track of what is unique to that phase of life? Think about feedings every 2, 3 or 4 hours, a written log of what was found in the diaper at what time (empty, wet or poopy), the preparation of multiple bottles of baby formula, bath time on the kitchen table…
Most importantly, when Daphné is older, she will see how loved she was right from the beginning and how everybody wanted to take care of her.
Are you thinking about hiring a photographer to document life with your newborn?
I'm Marie-Pierre, an easygoing mother of two and a documentary family photographer. I believe we can all learn and grow from other people's experiences. Real life stories help us relate to each other, open our minds and feel better about ourselves.
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