4 REASONS WHY I LOVE IN HOME NEWBORN SESSIONS
Thank you to Ash, Bass and Baby Poppy Bloom for letting me share your in-home newborn session.
Baby, baby, baby - you have finally arrived! Having your baby in your arms is big news - this is big effort - this is downright amazing! Having a baby is such a huge turning point in your life - for some, it really does feel like everything stops - life only exists within the four walls of your hospital room.. and then, you get home, and your world only exists within your home. Michael Jackson and Elvis could suddenly do a Back-From-The-Dead Revival Concert.. and you wouldn’t know it.
This portrait of Poppy was shot in her loungeroom.
1. YOU CAN FOCUS ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT
Having your baby - being at home. Nothing really trumps that, and everything else kind of pales in significance. Yes - it's big news. It's baby bubble goodness - bathing at home for the first time Learning to eat with one hand whilst snuggling your little one in the other.. hilarious.. messy... It is hard work - it is experiencing sleep deprivation in marathon form whilst your body recovers from the birth experience. Wowser.
2. I DONT WANT TO MAKE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE IF YOU DONT WANT TO
Realising that to leave the house now, you need to anticipate the needs of your little one before you leave is a new mindset. To head to the shops, you used to pick up your car keys, wallet, phone.. and off you went.
Now, you pack:
- The baby bag
- 3 changes of clothes (when a poonami strikes you want to have options)
- Nipple shields/ breastfeeding cover/ bottles
- Spare socks
- Oh, and WHERE is that blanket that is the perfect combination of softness and warmth (but not too much warmth)..
See? I get it! Been there, done that and most definitely over packed the car one too many times with both of my babies. Leaving the house for the first time is a big deal and I even remember pre-packing the car mentally the night before.
3. I WANT TO HELP YOU!
Here's the thing, packing up my car and coming to you.. it's not a big deal. In fact - keeping your experience of our session as simple, convenient and stress-free as possible is kind of a big deal to me.. You can answer the door in your PJ’s, sporting a few extra vommie spots on your shoulder and a cup of well-deserved coffee in hand (I love it when you do that)! Another perk, you won't forget to pack the extra nappy, favourite blanket or wipes because they are all at home.. with you.. as it should be. Ta-da! Stress is gone - baby bubble still intact. This is why I travel for my newborns (from Shellharbour, Wollongong to Sydney and beyond) - the option to come to my studio is always there for those who would prefer not to shoot in home - but I have yet to have a single newborn session in the studio. No surprises there.
4. I CAN MAKE YOUR HOUSE LOOK PRETTY
What I also love about having your sessions at home is that we can really capture your new domestic life as a family - your lifestyle session is easy - you know how to sit on the comfy part of your couch or kick back on your bed. It is all so familiar to you and this translates into your images - it is fresh, relaxed, contemporary and genuinely natural. And if you are ever worried that perhaps your house won't photograph well, you would be surprised what I can do with a little bit of rearranging of furniture to have just the right amount of light backlighting you or I can even extend backgrounds in editing so that your kitchen doesn’t exist anymore and instead it's a white wall..! I'm geeky like that.. so we can always work with whatever you give me.
TO LEAVE OR NOT TO LEAVE?
So, if the idea of staying at home in your baby bubble is appealing then drop me a line when you know when your little one is due to arrive. Don't forget to book in advance - I have started receiving bookings for July and August now.
Hopefully, you will be answering your door to me, rocking your PJ's like nobodies business, with your fresh little one in your arms soon!