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Can Newborn Photography Sessions Be Done At Home

Newborn photography is a popular trend among new parents as it captures the precious moments of their newborn’s first few weeks of life. These photographs serve as beautiful memories that can be cherished for a lifetime. However, many parents are hesitant to leave the comfort of their own home for a photoshoot with their fragile newborns.

In this article, we will discuss whether newborn photography sessions can be done at home and the benefits of having a studio photoshoot for your little one. We will also provide some tips on how to prepare for a successful at-home newborn photography session if that is your wish.

Can All Types of Newborn Photography Be Done at Home?

Many types of newborn photography can be done at home with the right equipment and setup. Lifestyle photography, which captures the natural interactions between family members and the baby, is particularly well-suited for a home photoshoot.

However, some more elaborate setups such as themed shoots or posed newborn photography may require certain props and backdrops that may not be feasible to set up at home. In such cases, it is best to consult with a professional photographer who can advise on the best location for the type of photoshoot you have in mind.

Why do I choose to specialize in in-studio photography sessions for newborn photography?

I typically only offer in-studio sessions to provide a stress-free and controlled environment for the photoshoot. In my studio, clients don’t need to worry about decluttering or preparing their homes, or procuring props and backdrops. I have a wide variety of props, backdrops, and outfits for babies and moms available in the studio.

Furthermore, I use studio lighting, which is more reliable than natural light, ensuring optimal lighting conditions for every shoot. My studio offers a friendly environment, ideal for babies and toddlers (you can have a look at my studio video here). Ultimately, my aim is to provide a hassle-free experience where parents can just relax and watch while I do the work.

Pros and Cons of In-Home Newborn Photography

As with any type of photography, there are both advantages and disadvantages to taking newborn photos at home. Here are some pros and cons to consider:

Pros of In-Home Newborn Photography:

  • Convenience: As mentioned earlier, an at-home photoshoot allows for more flexibility and convenience.
  • Comfort: Both you and your baby can relax in the comfort of your own home, making for a more natural and intimate photoshoot.
  • Personalization: Your home provides a unique backdrop that reflects your family’s personality and style. The family shots can represent how your house and where you live.
  • Cost-effective: At-home newborn photography sessions can often be more affordable than studio sessions since you do not have to pay for the use of a studio space.

Cons of In-Home Newborn Photography

While in-home newborn photography can be convenient and cost-effective, there are also some disadvantages to consider:

Limited space and props

In-home newborn photography sessions may have limited space and props available, compared to a professional studio one. This can result in fewer options for poses and shots, limiting the variety of images you receive from the photoshoot.

Also, your home may not have the same variety of backdrops and props that a studio would have. This could limit creativity and result in less unique photos.

Unpredictable lighting conditions

Natural light can create beautiful photographs, but it is not always predictable. This could result in some images being darker or brighter than desired. In a professional studio setting, photographers have more control over lighting conditions with the use of studio lighting equipment.

Potential distractions

Like any at-home activity, there is always a risk of distractions during a newborn session. This could include noise, interruptions from family members or pets, and other distractions from older siblings that can disrupt the photoshoot for your sweet baby.

Less variety in poses and shots

Due to limited space and props, there may be fewer options for poses and shots during an in-home newborn photography session. This could result in less variety of images compared to a professional studio session, where there are more props and backdrops available for use.

As such, it is essential to discuss any specific shots or poses you would like with your photographer beforehand to ensure they can be accommodated during the photoshoot.

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What if I really want to have an in-home session? How do I Prepare?

Not a problem! To ensure a successful at-home newborn photography session, it is essential to do some preparation beforehand. Here are some tips to help you get ready:

Choose a well-trained photographer

When selecting a photographer for your at-home newborn photoshoot, it is important to find someone who has experience working with newborns and can capture the essence of this special time in your life. Look for photographers who have a portfolio that aligns with the style you prefer and make sure to read reviews from previous clients.

It is also crucial to communicate with your photographer before the session. Discuss any concerns or specific shots you want to be captured during the photoshoot. This will help ensure that both you and the photographer are on the same page and can work together smoothly.

Although I don’t typically offer in-home newborn sessions, send me an email or give me a call so that we can talk about it!

Choose a well-lit area

The next step is to choose a well-lit area in your home for the photoshoot. Natural light is ideal, so consider setting up in a room with large windows or doors that let in plenty of sunlight. This will not only provide good lighting for the photographs but also create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

It is best to schedule the session during the day when natural light is at its brightest. However, if your chosen area does not have enough natural light, consider using artificial lighting such as softbox lights or lamps to create a similar effect.

Declutter and tidy up the space

A clutter-free and tidy space will not only make for better photographs but also provide a safer environment for your newborn. Clear away any unnecessary items from the area and make sure there is enough space for the photographer to move around freely.

It is also a good idea to designate a specific spot for the photoshoot, such as a bed or couch, where you can place your baby comfortably. This will help keep the focus on your newborn in the photographs and minimize distractions.

Keep the room warm and cozy

Newborns are used to being in a warm and cozy environment, so it is crucial to keep the photoshoot area at a comfortable temperature. This will help your baby stay relaxed and sleepy, making for more natural and peaceful photographs.

Consider using a space heater or turning up the heat before the session. You can also use blankets or wraps to keep your baby boy warm during breaks or outfit changes.

Have props and outfits ready

Props such as blankets, pillows, and baskets can add a cute and creative touch to newborn photographs. Prepare some props beforehand that you would like to incorporate into the photoshoot. You can also coordinate with your photographer to see if they have any props available.

It is also essential to have outfits ready for your baby to wear during the session. Simple, solid-colored onesies or swaddles work well and are comfortable for newborns. Avoid using clothing with busy patterns or logos that can be distracting in photographs.

Discuss any specific shots you want with your photographer beforehand

Lastly, make sure to discuss any specific shots or poses you would like to have with your photographer before the session. This will help them plan and prepare accordingly, ensuring that these special moments are captured beautifully.


Can I do my newborn photos at home?

Yes, newborn photography sessions can certainly be done at home. An in-home newborn session provides a comfortable and familiar environment for both the parents and the newborn baby. It allows for personal and unique photos that capture the first few days and weeks with your precious brand new baby in your own space.

How does an in-home newborn session differ from a studio newborn session?

While both types of sessions aim to capture beautiful moments of your newborn, they offer different experiences. A studio newborn session is typically more controlled and can last up to 3 or even 4 hours, often involving various props and staged outfits. On the other hand, an in-home newborn session tends to be more relaxed and natural, capturing candid moments in your own environment that can be done in an hour or two but have more distractions.

How can I prepare my home for a newborn photo session?

Preparing your home for a newborn photo session doesn’t have to be stressful. Start by ensuring the rooms you want to use are clean and tidy for newborn photos. Natural light is key, so consider rooms with large windows. It’s also a good idea to have a few backup outfits for your precious new baby, as well as any personal items or props you’d like to include in the photos of your new baby.


We hope this guide has provided you with valuable information and tips for successful at-home newborn photo session. We have informed you the both pros and cons of an in-home versus studio newborn photo session. Photographing newborns in studio has more pros than cons from our perspective. It is always important to remember to plan ahead, communicate clearly with your photographer, prioritize safety, and be open to spontaneity during the session.

Additionally, if you are in Virginia, Light & Grace Photography is here to help capture the beauty and love of your family through skillful newborn photography. We specialize in studio session but we are open to discuss your needs if you are more interested in the whole family session done in your own home. At the end of the day, talented photographers should be flexible and skilled enough to meet the needs of all clients! Contact us today to book your session! So, let’s create beautiful memories together and capture family photos that will last a lifetime.

Get ready for an unforgettable experience with Light and Grace Photography! See you soon!

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