Look for the light
Look for spots in your home that are well lit. Window light and natural light are best. But also look for areas where you can capture some moodier details and shadows, or the sun streaming through the windows will add some haze.
Capture the Small Details
The little toes (painted or not), their sometimes flaky hands, their little noses.
Embrace the Crazy and Mess
Even the empty bottles, diapers, changing stations, little clothes everywhere tell a story. Let your photos tell a story of the time in your life when you first brought home your baby or expanded your family by one or two!
Mama, Get in the Frame
Whether you use a timer, wireless remote, or bribe someone else to take the photo, make sure to capture the sweet moments between you and your baby – feeding, burping, changing a diaper, it’s all little details you won’t want to forget and it all goes by sooo fast!
Each day your baby is a little older or does something new, don’t forget to get out that camera often to capture the crazy, the small details and yourself in the frame.
Our session with Vanessa was such a pleasant surprise. Having never experienced a “lifestyle” photo shoot before, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. We were running late that morning and I hadn’t even finished drying my hair (or run a brush through my one year old’s) when Vanessa showed up on our doorstep. It didn’t seem to phase her in the least. She just smiled, took out her camera, and asked if I cared if she just started to take pictures as we continued to get ready. I looked at the chaos around me and hesitated for a moment, then thought, “Why not?” It didn’t take long for us to basically forget Vanessa was there. Honestly, it felt no different than our usual Saturday morning routine. Hanging out, playing games, reading books, getting snacks for the kids… and all the while Vanessa just hung out and snapped pictures. It was natural and comfortable. And the results speak for themselves.When I opened the gallery a week later, I knew in an instant that Lifestyle photography had become my new favorite. It was impossible not to smile and laugh and cry as I poured over what was really a very realistic snapshot into the rhythm of our life. There was nothing perfect or posed or polished about it at all, but for THAT reason it was even MORE beautiful than I thought possible. Vanessa had caught the essence of our lives… the crazy, the commotion, and the chaos we brought these two beautiful baby girls into, and the way she captured it within the walls of our 1300 square foot home made me sit back and realize just how stunningly beautiful that chaos really is. People continually remind me that due to sleep deprivation, this season of life will likely be a blur of a memory. All the more reason I know we will treasure Vanessa’s snapshot of this beautiful season for a lifetime to come. Thank you, Vanessa!