Considering hiring an in-home lifestyle newborn photographer in Hawaii or San Francisco, or a Fresh 48 photographer in Hawaii for baby’s birth?
Lifestyle Newborn photography – different from traditional newborn photography- is becoming more popular in Hawaii, so I wanted to answer some questions to help you decide whether or not lifestyle photography is something you’d like to do for your baby’s newborn photos.
When did you start photographing newborns ?
I started photographing newborns when I lived in San Francisco about 5 years ago. During that time, in-home lifestyle newborn photography became very popular…even more popular than it is in Hawaii. I think that instagram is helping lifestyle photography to catch on on Oahu, but it is still not as common as it is in the San Francisco Bay Area. I do still travel to the Bay Area for lifestyle newborn photo sessions, so if you’re in the bay area you are welcome to contact me! One thing that I love about going to families homes is that it is so much easier for the whole family, especially mom, since she might still be recovering from birth. Kids also feel excited to show me their new baby and home, so they are usually excited for the photos.
What sets lifestyle and traditional newborn photography apart?
Lifestyle newborn photography is typically done in the comfort of your home and it does not typically involve props and backgrounds, nor does it involve manipulating baby’s body into specific positions. I personally use whatever is available in the family’s home, but I do try to select backgrounds and items in their home that are simple in order for it to align with the style of photos that you see in my portfolio. If you’d like to use something specific like a quilt that someone knit, etc. I am always happy to use whatever you’d like me to use, but it will be done so in a “lifestyle” way.
How long will the older siblings participate in photos?
Most kids will last around 15-30 minutes. The younger and more active the child the less amount of time they’ll be able to stay still, so I am prepared with fun things for them to do to engage with their family. The sibling shot is probably the hardest photo, but a lot of kids think it is fun to hold baby (depending on their age), so that can sometimes work well. It would be good to practice holding baby beforehand if you think you’d like your child to hold baby for photos.
If mom doesn’t have an outfit to wear, do you provide access to dresses or outfits with the packages that you offer?
Yes, I do have a client closet as of 2022 and I have a good handful of dresses and I am always continuing to add more to the closet. Once you book, feel free to ask about what dresses I have available and please include what size you wear.
What is a good age to do newborn photos?
Whenever you feel ready to do your family/newborn photos is the best time to do your photos. Some moms might not feel up for photos in the first week as they might still be recovering. Every person is different though, so its best to keep in touch with your photographer once baby has arrives. However, the earlier the better since baby will continue to grow and change. If baby is around 3 weeks and you’ve noticed baby has developed some acne, you should still do your photos asap because this will not go away overnight. Sometimes it can take up to 2 months for it to go away.
When should I book my newborn photo session?
Book your photo session when you are still pregnant, so you know that your photographer will be available. For me personally, if you wait too long I might not be available, so the sooner you book the better. However, my schedule does vary from week to week so don’t hesitate to reach out.
Do you recommend or offer fresh 48 photos in the hospital?
Yes, Fresh 48 photos which are done in the hospital are a great way to capture baby when he or she has just been born. Some hospitals that I am able to photograph your baby at include Castle Medical, Queens Medical Labor and Delivery, Kaiser Moanalua, Kapiolani Hospital, & Tripler Hospital. If you are not sure if your hospital will allow an outside photographer to photograph your family, it is always best to ask the hospital beforehand. There are some companies like Bella Baby that will take photos of your family in the hospital, but you will not be able to select who your photographer will be. This works for some families, but it doesn’t work for everyone especially if you have a particular style you’re going for.
Some other things to keep in mind: Your in-home newborn photos will be done anywhere from 7days to 1month (up to 2 months old if the family needs), and baby will change quite a bit in just 7 days. Crazy I know! They grow so quickly! Our oldest daughter had jet black hair when she was born and by 7 days you could see blonde streaks coming in. And finally, photos in the hospital will be less put together than in-home photos when you’re able to do your hair and makeup and throw on a cute dress. I usually recommend a cute light colored robe for fresh 48 photos.
Do you have anymore questions about a lifestyle newborn photo session in Hawaii or the San Francisco Bay Area? Leave me a comment below and I will answer it!