There are two types of newborn photography – posed/studio & lifestyle. I love both for different reasons.
Posed/Studio Session– Typically must be done within the first 2 weeks of birth when the baby is very sleepy and “mold-able”. The focus in this type of session is on shots of the baby looking perfect, usually in blankets, wraps, hats, & headbands. The session can last up to 4 hours with feeding, nappy changes, and posing. Editing this type of session also takes quite a bit of time as each image needs to go through Photoshop individually to get a polished end result.
Lifestyle newborn sessions – Are a bit more casual approach to newborn photography. There may be some posing but the intention is to capture more natural images of the baby and their home. These sessions can be done up to 6 weeks old and usually last 1-2 hours max. My favorite thing about lifestyle newborn photography is capturing the wonder and amazement between the family members. Newborns are incredible but so is the love in the air. Memories of this time-frame often become fuzzy for new parents and that is precisely why I feel these types of shoots are so important.
Personally, I LOVE both styles so I approach your newborn session as a nice mix of both! I begin with posed beanbag set ups but use the breaks in between poses to get my lifestyle shots aswell as during feeding etc.. I always try to use the best light possible. I consider my clients to be those who like some posed photographs but really want to remember their family and their newborn baby exactly as they are on the day that I arrive! Most of all… I love for everyone to feel relaxed. I don’t ever guarantee or wait for the ‘perfect image’ because I find that those images are rarely the ones that my clients will choose to hang on the wall – it’s always the ‘captured moment’ and those can never be posed!