FAQ: Newborn Edition / Newborn Photographer Denver Colorado

What does a typical NEWBORN session look like?

First and foremost I want your newborn photography session to be relaxing. Because of that, my documentary and lifestyle newborn photography sessions are a little open-ended in terms of their length. Your session will be at least one hour, but no longer than three, allowing for ease and simplicity when that new babe might need to eat or be changed.
My newborn photography session (and wherever else they may be!) are held in the comfort of your own home. Don’t panic, I’m not asking you to have a Pinterest perfect space or to clean incessantly right after having a baby. I don’t expect that and neither should you. I am very good at working around whatever you might consider to be a mess. SO if you want to clean, clean, if not, let it be!
All I ask you to do during your session is interact with your baby and your spouse. Don’t try to do or make anything special, just be a family. If you’ve spent your first few days cuddling on the couch, do that. If you enjoy sitting on the porch swing, do that. I promise I will create beautiful images from these simple, precious moments for you to cherish.
Hear from a real mom about why she chose a documentary family session. She talks about the mess and what she thought about the whole process.

What should we wear?

I have to admit, every time I get this question, my first reaction is always, “Clothes. You should wear clothes!”

Now that that’s out of the way…

Mix, don’t match. You shouldn’t be wearing the same thing as anyone else in your family – when do you do that on a regular basis? Never? Then don’t wear the same thing for pictures.

Wear something you would wear in normal life in which you are comfortable and confident. That confidence will show through your pictures, and you’ll like them more than if you bought something new just to “look nice” in pictures.

For more tips and how-tos you can get my Clothing Guide here.
For color palettes and clothing suggestions, check you this Pinterest board!

What is documentary and lifestyle photography, exactly?

To put it simply, documentary and lifestyle photography isn’t about cute poses and great backdrops, although it still uses some amazing locations. It’s about capturing every day life, real emotion, real moments.

I’ve explained it more fully through these blog posts.
Documentary Photography? Lifestyle Photography? What’s the Difference?
Documentary Photography – What it IS and What it ISN’T

How do we decide on a location?

For newborn photography sessions, I strongly recommend doing your session at your home – especially if you’ve never had pictures there before.

I know that might seem uncomfortable to some, but your home is a powerful, important, and special place in the life of your family. It’s worth documenting.

Read more about why to have your newborn photography session in your home here.

Will you ‘Photoshop’ the pictures to make us look better?

Oooof. Nope. That’s a hard no. Photoshop is something that I just don’t do. I will do minor edits (i.e. acne removal), but it is the policy of Laura Glen Photography not to alter the appearances of my clients.

Read more about why I say “No” to Photoshop here.

And how I edit here.

When will we get our pictures back?

I want to ensure I provide you with my best work, so your full gallery will be delivered to you in 5-7 weeks. At that time you may purchase prints and products through my professional lab and download your images.

Can we just have the RAW files and edit them ourselves?

This is another thing that is a hard no. Here’s why.

These are just a few of the questions I am asked on a regular basis about Newborn Photographer Denver Colorado needs. If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to get in touch!