couple sits snuggled together on the edge of their bed while admiring their new baby in their St. Cloud MN session

Relaxed Saint Cloud Lifestyle Newborn Photography

in-home lifestyle newborn photographer

A newborn session with me is very relaxed. I follow your baby's lead, I won't force them into anything - I can do the whole session with them in your arms if we have to! I give gentle posing and guidance while making sure to position you in natural light and capture flattering angles.

Newborn sessions tell the story of your baby's first home, siblings interacting naturally, the beautiful nursery you put together, and those sweet quiet moments nursing your little one, or snuggling on the bed.

Mom and dad hold newborn and kiss her head during in home pictures with newborn photographer in saint cloud minnesota
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mom and dad hold baby girl and pet dog during newborn pictures with pets in nursery

Where do newborn photo sessions take place?

Newborn lifestyle photography sessions take place in client's homes around the Saint Cloud, MN area or at an outdoor location at sunset.

Outdoor newborn sessions are only offered June through September here in Minnesota, however, and the session will be carefully scheduled dependent upon the weather so that it is not too hot or cold for your tiny baby.

When should we schedule our lifestyle newborn session ?

Typically, newborn pictures are taken when baby is between 1-4 weeks old. They can be later if you want too though, since newborn sessions with me are relaxed and not filled with heavy posing for baby, it is not a problem if your baby is a little older. That just means that they will be more likely to engage a bit with their family! A benefit to this can be that mom has had more time to heal and everyone has more time to adjust to the new sleep schedule.

Mom embraces baby and kisses her forehead, dad is snuggled close behind and kisses newborn's head

What if my baby is upset during the session?

Your sweet baby has experienced such a huge change entering into the world from their cozy place inside your womb, it is okay if they are struggling and need extra nursing and snuggles.

Because I take a baby led approach to posing, this is a built in mechanism to help your photo session to be peaceful and natural for your little one. I am not in a rush, we have plenty of time in your session to take care of your baby's needs and capture precious memories.

As a mom and newborn photographer, I bring a peaceful and relaxed attitude to your session. I am well experienced with babies and I am equipped to help come alongside you and work with you and your family to make beautiful images in a way that doesn't stress baby out.

Check out this blog post for some of my favorite ways that I prepare moms and dads for their baby's newborn lifestyle session.

newborn baby girl sleeps surrounded by antique lace during session with st cloud mn lifestyle newborn photographer

How do I prepare my home for our in-home session?

You do NOT need to clean for me - You just had a baby!

If your hubby has time, a quick tidying of clutter (including phone chargers and tissue boxes, etc.,) and trash from surfaces and making sure that there is a clean, neutral bedspread on the master bed is great to have done.

When I arrive, I take a peek around and I don't mind moving things around so that they aren't in your photos.

Having your baby's photos taken in an in-home newborn session is about capturing the intimacy and love of newborn days and the environment in which your sweet baby experiences the world on a day to day basis - Don't stress about trying to make things immaculate!

family cuddling on couch with dog during infant family photography session with mn lifestyle newborn photographer

What should we wear for a lifestyle newborn session?

The biggest thing is to choose something that you are comfortable in (though, a little more formal than sweats and a hoodie!) Some moms love adding the feminine touch of a beautiful dress, but others want to stick with the simplicity of jeans and a cozy sweater, or a plain t-shirt with a pretty lacy duster. These are all great options!

Coordinate outfits with your family instead of matching.

Choosing light neutral colors is the best way to go when choosing outfits for an indoor setting - Make sure to avoid very dark colors ( a newborn's photo shoot should not feel oppressive and dark.)

Avoid bright white (off white or cream are great options though!) and bright or neon colors (these can cast strange reflections on baby's skin.)

Avoid busy patterns and choose simple outfits so as not to distract from your little baby.

If you're struggling with ideas, don't worry! I help with styling and am available for questions at every point along the way.

close up of baby's belly button during baby pictures session with st cloud mn newborn photographer

What should newborn wear for newborn pictures?

Baby might be the easiest to dress - think SIMPLE - Choose a plain onesie or simple sleeper, maybe with texture (but keep it one solid color!) and a few simple muslin swaddles for some loose wrapping and diaper photos.

If you want to add a bit more texture and styling, you could choose something like a neutral knit romper for your cute little one.

Your baby is perfect just the way that they are. There is no need for bunny suits or froggy hats that distract from your tiny little one. I love capturing them just as they are.

Are siblings included in newborn pictures?

Absolutely! Having your newborn's session at home allows for siblings to easily participate in baby's first photo shoot in a non-intimidating and natural way. They will be more comfortable and have more fun, and so will you!

I am a mom and have worked with children for many years, I totally get that kids have rough days and adjusting to a new baby can be a challenging time. If your little ones are struggling or having a hard time, it doesn't bother me - I am happy to go with the flow and engage them as they are willing, I won't force them to do anything they aren't feeling up to.

In Home Newborn Photography Pricing

$100 non-refundable retainer due at booking


- Sessions are generally mid-morning for optimal lighting
- All of the best images (minimum of 60)
- Personalized styling assistance

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How do I book my baby's newborn session?

I can't wait to meet your family! You can fill out this form on my contact page or inquire using the link below.

*If you’d like to book your maternity session and newborn session together, you save $120 so long as they are booked at the same time.

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Mom sits on bed in her St. Cloud, MN home and plays with her newborn's feet during newborn pictures
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