Why Lifestyle Newborn Photography?

Why Lifestyle Newborn Photography? - Melissa Arlena Photography

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

Last week I introduced you to what Lifestyle Newborn Photography is and now I’m going to talk about my Why! I remember it like it was yesterday, I was a new newborn photographer in Fredericksburg Va. I pulled up to my clients home, opened the tailgate of my SUV and it was filled to the brim. I had plastic bins filled with blankets and wraps, I had a giant posing bean bag, baskets, towels, wipes and of course all my camera gear. It took me 3 trips to bring everything inside and the Dad joked if I was moving in. That was the final straw I decided that from then on I needed to simplify!

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I wanted to show up with just my camera and I wanted to use things around the house that meant something to my families. Things like the baby blanket made by a great-grandmother or a stuffed animal picked out especially by a new big sister. I wanted to capture the nursery they will spend hours rocking the baby to sleep in and all the details lovingly picked out for it. I wanted the backdrop to be the couch everyone will pile on Friday nights for family movie night. Mom and Dad’s bed that will be the scene for Saturday morning cartoons for years to come. The places in our home that serve as the setting for future family moments. Those are the things I wanted to capture!

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Relaxed Style

Don’t get me wrong, posed newborn sessions are adorable! As a newborn photographer in Fredericksburg Va, I have many colleagues that are amazing at safely posing babies in baskets. I just decided it wasn’t the style I loved most though. I love simple and relaxed images of parents cuddling their new bundle of joy. I still love an adorable baby by themselves in a simple wrap but I want the backdrop to be their crib or mom and dad’s bed.

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Here are some of my favorite lifestyle newborn photographs from past sessions!

Why Lifestyle Newborn Photography?

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

Paige & Matt’s beautiful home was the perfect backdrop for their session. I love that when they look back on these images later in life they will remember this was the home they brought their baby home to! See more of their session: And Then There Were Three

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

Baby toes and an adorable crib get me every time. I remember I used to love seeing my babies sleep in their cribs!

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

To me, lifestyle is about capturing what you do in everyday life with your baby. Snuggling on the couch together will never go away!

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

Who needs cute props when Mom has decorated an amazing nursery! That solar system mobile is awesome!

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

Just because it’s lifestyle doesn’t mean we can get a beautiful photo of everyone looking at the camera for Grandma! I love to give my clients a mix of modern and traditional. See more here: Logan Cole

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

Posed yes but I love how everyone is piled on each other in a relaxed way! See more here: Malcolm Wilder

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

I love using doorways to give my viewers a sense of peeking in! See more here: Breen Family

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

I loved it when my babies slept on my chest like this, I always told myself they are only that small for so long…..

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

It’s the simple things like being held in Dad’s strong hands and looking so tiny that usually get my Moms crying!

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

During our session, I love to take a peek in other rooms to find good light but also to find cute decorating as a backdrop for baby.

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

It’s all about the relationship for me. I love seeing the connection between my couples right after they have a baby!

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

Siblings are always hilarious to work with! Luckily the baby is usually still so new they are excited about it!

Newborn Photographer Fredericksburg Va

Props, schmops! Give me a crib any day!

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    Melissa Arlena is an award winning Richmond and Charlottesville photographer. She recently earned her Master Photographer Certification in the Maternity, Newborn & Family categories from the National Association of Professional Child Photographers. Melissa offers maternity, lifestyle newborn, and family photography in her relaxed, natural, and joyful style.


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