Newborn Session Guide

Newborn lifestyle sessions are some of my favorite sessions to capture. A new addition to your family is always exciting and documenting the first moments as a family is what I always focus on during my newborn lifestyle sessions. Though your newborn is the star of the show (and I plan on longer sessions in order to give him or her plenty of time to eat, be rocked, etc), I love capturing the whole family together, as well as big brother or sister with their new sibling. Newborn sessions are done in the comfort of your home, with minimal props and outfits, with the goal if capturing your family in a low-key, genuine way.



Review this guide for help prepping for your session. If you have additional questions, please reach out to me!


Fill out the newborn session planner so I can prepare for your session and bring the appropriate props with me.


Reach out when baby’s born so we can schedule your session within the first four weeks of life.



  • It usually works best if baby has some awake time right before our session. Before I arrive, feed baby so they have a full belly. Most likely they’ll fall asleep and not have to be fed until after the session concludes. We will have plenty of time to capture everything, even if baby needs to be fed or is crying during the session. No reason to stress!
  • If you have an older sibling(s), maybe have a special treat in mind in case they are uncooperative. It’s a last resort, but we all want the session to run smoothly!
  • Turn up the heat if necessary…babies love warmth (even if the rest of us don’t)!
  • If there is clutter in the rooms we are going to use, it’s best to remove it before I arrive. Think about nightstands, counters, dressers, etc. You don’t have to have perfectly clear spaces, but if there are things that normally don’t reside in these spaces, remove them if you can!
  • Have a pacifier ready to go – I promise it won’t ruin your breastfeeding relationship to use a paci for an hour! We don’t want tears, we want a sleepy, happy baby to make sure your session runs smoothly.

Michigan State University

Did you meet at Michigan State University? It’s a beautiful setting for an engagement session. Take me to your favorite spots or we can visit some of the more popular locations including Beaumont Tower, the horiculture gardens Spartan Stadium, or the riverfront.

Jamie & Trevor at MSU in the fall
Melissa & Josh at MSU in the summer

Frequently asked questions


Newborn sessions should take place within the first four weeks following birth. I like to schedule a date on the calendar when you book just to hold a time. You’ll contact me after your baby is born to confirm the original session or find another time that works for both of us! I only take on a limited number of newborn sessions to accommodate rescheduling.

We all want the BEST light possible for your session, so it’s best for your session to start at 10a (or soon thereafter!).


Lifestyle newborn sessions take place in your home. Usually we use the nursery, master bedroom, and the living room. Don’t worry if your house isn’t “Pinterest-worthy.” I don’t think that matters so much. I like documenting your family in the home where the kids are growing up, where you actually live and make memories. Those photos will matter so much more in the future, whereas having the perfect home won’t matter. 

When I arrive, I always ask for a quick tour of your home. Rooms that have a lot of natural light usually work best, but you’d be surprised with what we can do! I will select the best spots for the session. Usually I use the nursery, main bedroom, and the living room.  


Neutrals usually rule when it comes to newborn sessions. Cremes, whites, greys, light blues, navy, olive green, pinks all work well. My biggest tip is to where something comfortable. It’s okay to wear jeans or leggings. You’re in your home after all! The biggest question I get is whether you should wear socks or not! Most women and kids tend to go barefoot, and most men prefer to wear socks, but comfort is the way to go. These sessions are more documentary in nature so it’s okay not to look perfectly put together!

For baby, I prefer neutral, simple outfits. They just lend better to keeping the emphasis on the family and connection. Newborns also get cold easily so the outfits where they’re half naked usually backfire unless you have a warm home! Headbands or hats work well if you’d like to get creative, as well as pretty swaddles. You don’t need anything special for the session, I promise!

I do bring along some wraps we can use for your baby, as well as a few posing props to get solo shots of the baby. 

How about props?

Because my newborn lifestyle sessions center on the connection and interaction of your family members. For that reason, I like to keep props to a minimum. I bring what I feel I need – so you don’t have to buy anything! All we really need is your family and the baby. If you have special heirlooms or other things you want to include in the session, we will work them in.  If you have any questions, please let me know, but there’s truly no need to buy anything special!

Will you pose us?

I always try to get a few photos of you both looking at the camera and smiling, but my hope is to capture genuine interactions between you both. I’ll direct you through what to do, not to worry, but the important thing to remember is that you can be yourselves, talk, play, giggle, make jokes, whatever you’d like!



Royal Oak In Home Newborn Session – Mia

Royal Oak In Home Newborn Session – Mia

We love a Royal Oak in home newborn session, especially when the baby is as sweet as Mia and the home is as beautiful as this one! I was so lucky to also photograph Lindsey and Chris's maternity session back in the summer right as my maternity leave was wrapping up....

Ypsilanti Newborn Photographer – Mollie

Ypsilanti Newborn Photographer – Mollie

The arrival of a newborn is a momentous occasion in any family's life. It's a time filled with joy, wonder, and a lot of sleepless nights. Capturing the essence of these early days is something every parent cherishes. In-home newborn photography from Ypsilanti newborn...