Why I Fell in Love with Lifestyle Newborn Photography - Rochester Hills, Michigan, Family Photographer

Newborn sessions are one of my favorite types of sessions.  There is so much joy buzzing through a family’s home when there is a new baby.  Being a mom myself, I know just how amazing the newborn stage can be, but I also know how overwhelming it can feel, and how quickly it flies by.  So, I always consider it a huge honor to be invited into your home to document this special (and a little bit crazy!) stage of your lives.

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But there was a time when I used to get a bit anxious about newborn shoots.  When I was first starting out as a photographer, I really wanted to create those perfectly posed newborn portraits.  You know the ones…where a naked baby is fast asleep on a perfectly smooth backdrop, flawless skin, chin resting in hands.  Because all the research I had done told me…that’s what client’s want, and that’s how you photograph a newborn!

In my head, the session was all about nailing those poses…poses which, quite frankly, do not occur naturally in the real world!  I never got great at the posing, and I started to realize that I just wasn’t cut out for this type of photography.  

But there was something else that I realized.  At every session, there were unscripted moments unfolding that I loved to capture.  Mom holding and just LOVING ON baby.  Dad’s face LIGHTING UP when baby cracks a smile, yawns, or does something else utterly adorable.  The somewhat clumsy yet careful kiss from a proud big brother or sister.  Real, truthful, unposed moments.  Honestly, these are the types of images that I wish I had more of when I was a new mom.     

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Eventually, I learned that this type of photography has a name:  Lifestyle Newborn Photography.  It doesn’t look at all like traditional newborn photography.  There are no complicated poses.  No props.  No extensive photoshopping.  Lifestyle newborn photography is real, uncomplicated, and true.  It’s about capturing the raw beauty of your new, precious baby.  It’s about capturing the joy and connection shared between you and this tiny person you have waited 9 months to meet. 

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And here is what I love most about lifestyle newborn photography.  Every photo session is different and unique to YOU.  It’s not the same pose recreated over and over again.  It’s about who you are as a family, how you interact, how you love.   

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{I feel the need to point out that I have absolutely nothing against traditional / posed newborn photography.  I have huge respect for photographers who pull it off beautifully.  I am honestly in awe of anyone who can impeccably swaddle a newborn, mold them into interesting positions, keep the baby sound asleep, safely spot and support the baby, sometimes get pooped on, and by the way, also concentrate on lighting, aperture, shutter speed, etc. in order to create amazing, artistic images. It is no small feat.}   

Today, I approach newborn sessions very similar to how I approach all my family sessions…which is to focus on connection, joy, and authentic moments in a relaxed and laid-back setting.  This is what inspires me. And these days, when I get an email inquiry for a newborn session, instead of getting a little bit anxious, I get giddy excited for the meaningful images we get to create together.

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If you are expecting or know someone who is, and if Lifestyle Newborn Photography sounds like your cup of tea, then I would LOVE to hear from you.  Shoot me a message right here.  But first, check out a few more photos of this adorable baby…just look at that face! :)

Winter and In-Home Photo Sessions : Metro Detroit Family Photographer

It’s single digits outside (make that negative digits....BRRRR).  So, once again, I thought it would be the perfect time to profess my love for in-home family shoots. 

I seriously love shooting in clients’ homes.  There is such a cozy, relaxed and intimate feel to the photos.  It’s you.  And your babies.  In your home…where you live life, day in and day out.  You can’t get much more personal than that. 

Tiny, Everyday Moments....Captured

A toddler jumping on the bed.  A baby who can’t quite sit up on his own…yet.  Dad carrying his giggling daughter away for a snack.  Mom snuggling her baby boy in gorgeous light that streams in from the window. 

Speaking of light…the home featured in this blog post did not particularly have an abundance of light.  And that’s OK.  I mention this because it’s the one concern that gets raised almost every time I receive an inquiry for in-home photography.   “Will my home be bright enough?”

If you have a couple of windows and a door, we are good to go.  In this particular shoot, we focused in the bedrooms because they had great window light.  And since this family photo session took place on an unseasonably warm December day here in Michigan, we were also able to sneak outside for a few shots…bonus!  (I’m always up for squeezing in some outdoor shots, even in the winter!)

If you’ve thought about booking an in-home family session, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!  As an added bonus, I’m offering $50 off winter in-home sessions…all you have to do is sign up for my e-mail newsletter by January 7 to get the deal.  Just click the "newsletter sign-up" button at the bottom of this post…but first look at a few more images from this adorable, in-home family photo session! 

Denise Button is a child and family photographer located in Rochester, Michigan and serving the Metro Detroit area, including Birmingham, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Oakland Township, Bloomfield, Rochester Hills, Troy and beyond.  Through her photography, she focuses on fun, lighthearted, candid moments and real connections.

The Beauty of Morning Photography Sessions - Rochester, Michigan, Family Photographer

If you’ve ever inquired about an outdoor family session with me, you know that I recommend shooting during Golden Hour, one or two hours before the sun goes down.  But did you know, there is another Golden Hour?  Yes, there is, and it happens the first hour or so after sunrise.

Now, I’ll be completely honest and tell you I have typically preferred to shoot in the evening, because, I’m just not a morning person.  And sunrise happens really early.  And on weekends, I enjoy sleeping in, lounging in my PJs and drinking like 17 cups of coffee.  But I recently had to reschedule a family session due to a bit of uncooperative weather, and the only time that worked was…you guessed it…morning.

So I woke up before dawn that day and took my coffee to go.  As I pulled up to the park where we were meeting, I was in awe of the dreamy light.  The sun was just starting to peek through the trees that were showing off Michigan’s lovely fall colors.  And at that moment, I asked myself, “Self, why don’t you shoot morning photo sessions more often??”

Besides the amazing light, there are several other reasons that I am now in love with morning family sessions. 

Happy Kids.  

Do you have kids that NEVER let you sleep in?  Then a morning family photo session might be right for you!  A lot of kids are early birds (I’m looking at you babies & toddlers!).  They are up at the crack of dawn and ready for action.  Morning is their happy time, and this translates to wonderful, happy pictures!  This is not to say you can’t get wonderful, happy photos in the evening.  I still love shooting in the evening, and if your kid is a night owl, like mine (I think it’s genetic), then you're golden.  But often, little kiddos are early to rise and early to bed.  In that case, a morning session might be right for your family.  This little guy was definitely happy to be at the park on this beautiful fall morning!       

Smaller Crowds. 

Public parks in the Rochester and Metro Detroit can get really busy.  But when you arrive at sunrise, you will barely bump into anyone.  I’m not anti-social or anything, but I do love having free reign of the space in which I’m shooting.  Less people means less of a chance of photo-bombers.  This beautiful path probably would have been full of joggers, walkers and bikers later in the day.  But in the early morning, we had the place to ourselves!   

Abundance of Light.

Every minute is precious during golden hour.  When you shoot in the evening, eventually you run out of light.  In the morning, you are gaining light every minute, which means we can shoot as long as needed to capture all the photos we want.  Of course, as time goes on, the sun will move overhead and give us more harsh lighting, but that’s when I seek shade and we're able to capture a few more shots.  This adorable picture was taken towards the end of our session, after the sun had gotten pretty high.  We laid this cutie down on a blanket under a tree and, with the help of her daddy, captured some adorable baby smiles.  

Get on with your day!

Morning photo sessions are awesome because you are finished early and still have the entire day ahead of you, so you can get on with your weekend!  And if you have a baby/toddler, they will probably take the best nap ever!  You can head home and make another pot of coffee.  That’s what I did after this shoot! 

And of course, THAT LIGHT. 

As I said earlier, I’m not a morning person…it’s just not in my blood.  But when I have a morning family session, for some reason I can pop out of bed no problem!  And when I do get out to take photos in the morning, I realize what I am missing by sleeping in. 

I know outdoor photography season is just about over for this year, but it’s never too early to get your family photo session on the calendar!  Next year I’m making a pact to do more morning sessions.  Who is with me??  

Denise Button is a child and family photographer located in Rochester, Michigan and serving the Metro Detroit area, including Birmingham, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Oakland Township, Bloomfield, Rochester Hills, Troy and beyond.  She focuses on fun, lighthearted, candid moments and real connections.