Updated: Aug 24
I believe it was Plato who said, "necessity is the mother of invention".
Coronavirus necessitated some invention this year by many people. Photographers were no exception.
Pre-COVID, the majority of my photo shoots were outdoors, with the exception of newborn sessions.
Enter COVID, enter the Outdoor Newborn Photoshoot.
Admittedly, I was nervous at first. I didn't know what to expect. But I took a breath and realized that all I had to do was impose my style of newborn photography with my style of outdoor sessions. And I'm happy to say that so far it has gone swimmingly!
Because of my style of newborn photography, it isn't necessary that I touch the baby, parents, or any siblings, which is perfect for the time we're in. I slap on my mask, keep a safe distance between myself and the family, and go about my business of capturing the magic.
Since I've enjoyed them so much, I thought I'd share my experience with the two outdoor newborn sessions that I've done so far this summer.
First up: Baby Hannah.
This little bundle of sweetness is the third baby in her family. She has a proud big brother and sister to help welcome her to the world and show her the ropes.
We did her session in a little garden nook next to the family's house, which made it easy for them. They brought a cream fuzzy throw blanket along for sitting/laying down photos, which was a nice touch of bringing the indoors out.
Hannah was wrapped in a swaddle blanket for the perfect "baby burrito" look, and topped with the most fashionable navy blue bow.
It was so fun spending the morning with this crew - watching Hannah's brother and sister explore their tiny new sibling, watching the proud parents breathe their beautiful new baby in.
Next Up: Baby Sloane
OMGoodness, Baby Sloane. She is the first baby for this family.
She was awake and alert for part of the session, which, as a lifestyle photographer, is fine by me. I actually love it when these little ones want to get in on the action and open their beautiful eyes.
The session was in the family's front yard, which I loved, and again made it easy on them. We started on the porch, and then strolled to the middle of the yard where they laid a soft grey blanket down for some snuggle shots.
Just like Baby Hannah, Sloane and her parents, soaking up the beauty of new parenthood, were such a joy to photograph.
I'm so thankful that the magic of the outdoors is always an option. True, we are dealing with high heat and humidity at the moment, but there are ways to work around that. Morning and evening times are cooler, less humid, and also better for lighting.
If you're expecting a baby in the coming months, fall is a beautiful time for outdoor photos.
Lifestyle photography is wonderful for many reasons. But especially during COVID, I'm grateful that it allows me to work my craft without many modifications.
Contact me HERE if you'd like to discuss options for your newborn session in 2020!