6 Reasons why my newborn photography sessions are now held outdoor instead of in studio. | Mildura Newborn and Family Photographer
As I was sipping my coffee from Nash Lane for my Tuesday morning ritual, I had a lightbulb moment.
I was thinking about photography & my business, as I often do, of course. I thought about future sessions & what direction I wanted to head in, in regards to newborn sessions.
I knew that I loved capturing newborns. Their little wrinkles, long lashes & chubby cheeks make me goo and gaa for days. I felt so honoured to be able to see and snuggle brand new babies, sometimes before the most important people in the family's life had even met them.
Here are the main reasons I now only accept outdoor newborn sessions:
An element was missing.
Nature. Purity. I guess it made sense -after all, my business name is Purely Taken. My Art and imagery needs to reflect my passions, my soul
It looks amazing on your wall.
I want to create those perfect family portraits of you with your new squish in the most beautiful backdrop there is. - Pure nature! Why would I want to shoot onto a plain backdrop when I have miles of gorgeous sunlit backdrops available.
I know I would much rather have my portrait taken with space and fresh air instead of feeling cramped & awkward in a studio. I have found dad's especially LOVE the idea of going outdoors for their portraits.
I can still offer Newborn Props.
When I first thought about it, I had very black and white thinking. "I would need to choose between continuing to offer styled newborn sessions, or sell all my amazing props and shoot outdoor lifestyle imagery instead." Thankfully though, I realised I can have the best of both worlds! When shooting outdoors, I can make it more relaxed, more fun and a lot more creative AND you can have a touch of lifestyle portraiture whilst bub is wrapped in a gorgeous rayon wrap & matching headband!
I want to give my clients the BEST!
Newborn Sessions In-Studio would usually take 4hrs. This was purely shooting/feeding time so didn't include setting up and packing away. By the time the last of the blankets were hung out to dry, the day was over. By moving outside and focusing less on blankets and props, I have more time to give you- not only during our portraits, but prior to and after.
Cleaning my entire house
Ok, maybe this was one of the perks- it actually forced me to make my house presentable. haha. But in all seriousness, I would spend hours prepping the house in case someone went outside/in the kitchen/bathroom/toilet. I don't know about you but with 3 kids, a spotless house doesn't really exist.
Getting the whole family together in the same place is a rare occurrence and can take some time to plan, but when it happens, it's the perfect opportunity to book an Extended Family Portrait Experience.
The family session that I am sharing today was exactly the kind of session that I love doing. Kym’s adult children knew that she yearned to have professional images of her beautiful family on the walls, so for Christmas they gifted her with a full session!
Mildura was a central meeting point for this family so we set up a Skype call for their introductory consultation & prepared for their portraits via email.
There was a very small window of opportunity as they were only in the area for a few days, so when the day of the portraits arrived and it was blowing a gale, I was worried we wouldn't be able to get the much desired portraits they were after but luckily for us, the weather was amazing the next morning and we had these gorgeous images in no time!
I photographed Luca's big sister when she was a newborn and feel so honoured to be able to capture this next chapter of E & C's lives.
We spent a lovely afternoon together taking turns to snuggle Luca (although if I'm honest I would have loved to hog all the cuddles the entire time)
Together we designed the most beautiful album that I am sure will be treasured for many years to come.
Below is a selection from Little Luca's Newborn Portrait Session.
It's always a privilege to be asked to photograph a family session. These are the photographs you will look back on in 20, 30 year's time. They are the photographs your children will be sure to take with them as they leave the nest, the photos they will show their own children. I can never really express how much I love what I do and how important my job really is.
I actually contacted Sarah a few months back, interested in having my own maternity photography session in her studio. After a few emails back and forth, we decided we'd seize the opportunity to get some up to date family photographs for Sarah & I get some personal maternity photographs for myself.
Now, those who know me know I am not the most patient person in the world, but I surprised myself with how well I waited for my session! I was 35 weeks when we did my session & a week later we ventured outside for Sarah's family session.
Sarah has 3 beautiful girls- two of which haven't been too keen recently to be in front of the camera so I knew I had my work cut out for me. On the day, the youngest, Miss S, was not keen at all & it wasn't until after the session, that night we figured out the cause which was a tummy bug. Despite Miss S not feeling 100%, we still got some lovely family moments!
Click here to be taken to Sarah's blog on MY MATERNITY SESSION!
I actually met Willows mum for her Maternity session, which you can find HERE!! So when it came time for Willow's session, I felt like I had known her mum for years!
Miss Willow and her beautiful family were such a pleasure to photograph! Mum and dad opted for neutral tones with a dash of soft pinks & that's exactly what they got! :)
Big sister Indi seems like such a gentle little soul, looking after her baby sister. Was so beautiful to see!!
Little Willow slept so well during her newborn session, so much so that we had finished up earlier than expected so we tried out a few extra props. One of my favourite newborn / family sessions for sure!
Time to play a bit of catch up on my blog!
This little girl was the BEST sleeper so we got to play with a lot of setups!
I was super excited to try out my new fabric dream catcher I made only the week before.
This little cherub's great grandmother knitted her a gorgeous blanket which we added into a few shots!
What's your favourite image? I can't decide!!
Lauren Southwell | Mildura Newborn Photographer
I am a little slow with my blog, so this will have to be a very short one!
I had so much fun during this shoot & loved how the whole family were so natural in front of the camera!
Tumay just adores his little brother, Leigh - as I am sure you can tell by these images.
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