Lifestyle vs Studio Newborn

newborns

January 4, 2021

I am so pleased to offer you two types of newborn portrait options. You can choose from a lifestyle or studio newborn session! But I often receive inquiries from clients asking which style I would recommend to them. My response always begins the same way- it is completely subjective to each family! So here’s the rundown of pros and cons and details of each so you can make the decision on the best fit for your family. Trust me when I say that no matter which option you choose, your family will be captured in a way that truly honors this special time in your lives.

Lifestyle family of four with big brother kissing newborn baby sister
Lifestyle sessions use all available window light in your home.

Session Time

Lifestyle– Generally shorter in duration at around one hour to 90 minutes. Your family is usually dressed and ready to go when I arrive. Baby is fed, sleepy, and in your arms.

Studio– Typically around two hours (sometimes longer if baby requires more time to settle). You feed baby before you leave your home, but you’ll likely need to feed baby again at some time during the session. We also factor in time for moms to try on studio wardrobe dresses or an outfit change for baby (which sometimes leads to sleep disruption and extra time to settle).

Studio sessions use two rooms for different lighting and backdrop

Cost

Lifestyle– Lower price with more images included in package. Sessions are shorter and that time is passed to you as a savings.

Studio– Fewer images and higher price due to overhead and more involved editing.

Lifestyle family in newborn nursery snuggling and doting on baby
Lifestyle sessions capture the rooms that are sentimental to you.

Backdrop

Lifestyle– Sessions take place in your house, baby’s first home. Siblings feel comfortable in their own environment and can come and go as needed. My style is to utilize only natural window light, and my top priority is to capture your family in the best lighting available. I cannot guarantee replicating any specific image I’ve done in another home because each home and lighting situation is different. Depending on lighting and room setup, I can usually capture your family in baby’s nursery or your bedroom. As needed or available, I’ll often select other rooms of the house where the light is pretty. This involves tidying and some prep work before I arrive.

Studio– No prep on your end! My rooms are styled with dreamy fabrics and great natural and artificial light. There is a spacious lounge for families to relax while they’re not being photographed. The studio is in photographer’s home, so while it is separate from other living areas, it’s sometimes confusing for young siblings (Are there kids here to play with? Where do they keep the other toys?) but that’s never been a problem.

Mother and father looking at baby in photographer studio
Studio sessions include a “lifestyle” room for casual connection.

They’re both great options!

I do truly believe in my heart that no matter whether you choose a lifestyle or studio newborn session, the end product will be true to my style of photography you fell in love with. To help with that consistency, I have opened my client closet to not only studio sessions but lifestyle sessions as well! When you book with me, you’ll receive a code for Style & Select to begin coordinating your family’s outfits. Through that site, you’ll also see my wardrobe items listed for you, all available for you to borrow at no additional cost. Just another little perk of working with your favorite Castle Rock photographer 🙂

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALYSSUM, LLC, IS A NEWBORN, BABY, MATERNITY, AND FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER LOCATED IN CASTLE ROCK, CO, AND IS CURRENTLY SERVING DOUGLAS COUNTY, JEFFERSON COUNTY, ARAPAHOE COUNTY, CASTLE ROCK, LARKSPUR, HIGHLANDS RANCH, LITTLETON, CENTENNIAL, DENVER, AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. CONTACT TO SCHEDULE YOUR SESSION.

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FOODS FOR NURSING MOMS TO AVOID
48 HOURS BEFORE NEWBORN SESSION:

Acidic food/drinks such as:

Cranberries     Pineapple     Grapefruit
Oranges     Lemons     Berries
Tomatos     Chocolate     Nuts
Pizza     Chili     Mexican food     Ketchup

Gassy vegetables such as:

Asparagus     Onions     Pickles
Cucumbers     Broccoli     Cauliflower
Brussels Sprouts     Cabbage

Restrict soda, coffee, tea, wine, and beer.

Sometimes dairy, depending on the baby.

I know this seems like a long list, but you only have your newborn's portraits taken once! It's not worth it to risk having a gassy or fussy baby who just can't settle. And in the event that your baby is still gassy, I always recommend keeping Gripe Water on hand. I know it was a lifesaver for me when my two were babies.