Hi, I’m Denise, and I used to spend hours trying to get babies to sleep for their newborn photo session. :) While I still absolutely love a sleepy newborn portrait, I love an awake newborn just as much.
This minor shift in philosophy has been a game changer for me. Time can be spent capturing authentic connections and real moments. And wide-open newborn eyes are just the best, wouldn’t you agree??
Of course, after a snack and some snuggles, newborns will often experience the “milk coma.” This is when I try to capture the more traditional type of sleeping newborn portraits that are always so adorable.
I believe in the idea of “baby-led” posing, which means I don’t try to mold the baby into intricate or unnatural poses. I like to photograph newborns in a way you would find them naturally, usually on a blanket or a bed, or in your arms if that’s where they want to be.
I feel that babies are perfect just the way they are, and there is no need for complex posing or elaborate props. However, if there is a special item like a cute hat or family heirloom, I’m always open to working that into the photos.
Once I took the pressure of myself to keep baby asleep for 100% of their photo session, it really opened up the possibilities for me to capture real, authentic moments and connection.
Baby can be sleeping, awake, crying….whatever they need to do. It’s all beautiful. It’s all part of their story.
Newborn photography is important work. My goal with every newborn session is to deliver meaningful images to my clients. Images that capture love, connection, and authentic moments. I want to capture what those first days with your newborn looked like, but also what it FELT like.
If you are looking for these things in a newborn photographer, I’d love to talk! You can reach me via my contact page.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Denise Button is a Rochester, Michigan based photographer specializing in Lifestyle Newborn Photography, Child Photography, Family Photo Sessions, Extended Family Photos (“Generations”), and High School Seniors. Photographing families and children of all ages: from baby to toddler to teens. Serving Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Clarkston, Waterford, Lake Orion, Troy, Birmingham, Royal Oak, Shelby Township, and all of Metro Detroit - Michigan.