When it comes to newborn photography, there are 2 options
Studio-Style newborn sessions are taken in my clients homes, I just bring the studio to their living room.
Studio-Style sessions focus more on purposeful posing using a posing shell and props like, boxes & baskets. I bring a backdrop, stands, light, wraps, and clothes. Each pose is carefully conducted with posing pillows, wraps, pretty headbands and cute rompers... every little finger is intricately placed and arms and legs are curled and folded to perfection.
This style of session allows you to customize your colors and gives you access to my collection of newborn items; hats, clothes, wraps, quilts, boxes, baskets, bowls.
here is video of what the set up will look like in your home:
Studio style needs to be scheduled within the first 2 weeks of birth, sessions take 3-4 hours and the parents are less involved. I start the session with parents and siblings, then while they nap on the couch, I continue and finish the session with posing shell and props. Here are some images of a studio style session:
A lifestyle newborn session uses natural led posing, natural light and in your natural environment...are you seeing a theme...natural!
A lifestyle newborn shoot focuses primarily on the interaction between the new baby and family and surroundings and is much less centered around obtaining the perfect pose and what baby wears. It's much more laid back, it takes about 1-2 hours, parents and siblings are more involved, details of nursery and decor are documented and only natural light is used. Think of the photographer as a "fly on the wall" capturing little moments and documenting your new life.
Life-style sessions allow for a more relaxed environment, babies can get away with being a little older, which makes life-style a great choice for moms who need a little more recovery time or babies that spent time in the nicu. Lifestyle is also a great choice if you have a very detailed nursery that you spent all pregnancy carefully decorating!
Another detail is, in my opinion, life-style images are versatile and look amazing in black and white, so if your a fan of black and white imagery, then this may be the session for you!
It all boils down to personal preference, what fits your style and life best. If you want a session that focuses only on baby or mom and dad prefer to only be in a couple, then studio style is for you.
If you like the feel of very natural-led posing, the look of the "fly on the wall" images, capturing real life, then life-style is for you!
Really think about how the images will fit your style, how they will look in your home. What session you and your family are more comfortable with and what fits your birth situation best!