which newborn photography session is right for you

follow @michellelindsayphoto

Planning your portrait session and don't know what to wear? We've got your entire family covered (pun intended) in our exclusive, curated guide. Download for free.

get your free style guide

You’re a newly pregnant momma and you can’t wait to schedule your newborn photography session. With so many options out there, how do you decide between newborn photography at your home versus Studio newborn photography? 

I’m going to give you a hint right off the bat. Neither option is the right choice. Rather, the correct answer is whichever one best for your family. I’ll outline some of the differences between the two types of newborn photography sessions, helping you weigh the pros and cons to find the right solution for you.


At home newborn sessions tends to lean more lifestyle. What does this mean? Well, lifestyle newborn photography tends to

  • Incorporate more of your home’s elements, such as the nursery
  • Have a more candid and natural vibe to the portraits
  • Focus more on family interaction versus individually posed images of your new baby
mom and dad sitting in nursery room rocking chair with baby boy
mom, dad, dog and newborn baby boy all snuggle on bed together

Does this mean if you prefer the more traditional newborn photography look you can’t do an at home session? Absolutely not. Talk to your photographer. At our Studio, we bring a small set-up with us on location that allows us to create our signature, simple and classic newborn images right in your own home. 

newborn baby girl lying on bed on a peach blanket and wearing white headband

Not having to travel to your newborn photographer can fall in either the pro and con category. On one hand, there’s no worrying about packing bags, bringing the diapers, wipes, pacifiers, etc. On the other, your home does have to be semi-presentable for taking photographs with at least one clear, clean space. Consider doing yourself a huge favor and hiring a cleaner for the day before your at home newborn session.

Caucasian mom and dad kissing while holding their newborn baby girl in her nursery. The family dog is lying at their feet.

If this isn’t your first baby, siblings will most likely be in the pictures. With some older children, being in a familiar environment helps them feel comfortable during the session. Be aware though – it can also become a major distraction with their toys, unlimited snacks and devices all right there as well.

Caucasian family of mom, dad and big brother dressed all in white dote over their newborn baby girl while lying on a modern white bed.
Caucasian toddler girl makes a silly face in the background while her new baby brother sleeps in the foreground .


While professional photographers can work in any given situation, there is something to be said about working in ideal conditions. For our Studio newborn photography sessions, we create the perfect environment for our newborns by bringing in a heater, cozy posing props, white noise machine and soft wraps to help baby sleep soundly through the majority of their session.

black and white image of a caucasian baby boy sleeps in dad's hands
Black dad holds his newborn baby boy against his chest

Our wide open, gorgeous natural light studio allows for consistent and reliable lighting for every single baby photo session. 

Bright, open and airy modern natural light newborn photography studio in leesburg virginia

Being in Studio allows me to have every possible wrap, hat, accessory, backdrop at my fingertips. No need to edit down to what I think I want to bring with me on location.

An open drawer in a vintage white dresser displays neutral toned newborn wraps at a photography studio in leesburg virginia
Caucasian baby girl on soft lilac blanket wearing a matching knit hat and wrap

While most newborn photography studios provide wraps and accessories, I always encourage bringing your own special blankets, hats or lovies with you. It adds that personal touch to your newborn photos. Etsy is a wonderful place to find personalized, handmade items for your baby.

black and white image of Caucasian newborn baby boys with eyes wide open lying under a personalized name blanket

For some new parents, having the opportunity to get out of the home, even for a few hours, is a welcomed relief. We love pampering our new moms by giving them a break during their Studio session by having professional hair and make-up on site, ensuring our moms look and feel their absolute best in front of the camera for their newborn photos.

Black mom nuzzles her newborn baby boy's nose

What about siblings though during a studio newborn photography session? How will that work? I get asked this ALL the time. My answer is that most kids love and crave change. Being in a new environment is exciting! Plus, they tend to be on their best behavior and want to be the “big helper” with new baby. Just make sure you bring a few extra activities for those moments when big sibling isn’t in front of the camera.

Caucasian brothers hold their newborn baby brother and smile looking at the camera
Caucasian big sister dressed in blue romper smiles at the camera while her mom, dad and baby brother laugh at her in the background

I hope this has helped you understand the differences, as well as the pros and cons of the different types of newborn photography sessions available to you. There’s no right or wrong answer for which one is better. It’s whatever suits your family best!

My last piece of advice is to use the expertise of your newborn photographer. Let them help guide you towards what will produce the best results for both their style of photographing, as well your wishes and wants for your newborn photography session!

Interested in booking a Studio or Home newborn session? Contact us and we can help you get ready for baby!

Michelle Lindsay Photography is a boutique Leesburg Virginia Photography Studio, specializing in maternity, newborn, first year milestones and family sessions. She services the metro DC area, including Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Loudoun County and as far out as Purcellville and Middleburg.

Comments +

category here

my nightly
skincare regime

You can either type this featured post content manually or use a post look-up function in SHOWIT directly. It can also rotate between several posts.