At-home newborn lifestyle session tips | Durham, NC | The Turner Family

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At-home newborn lifestyle session tips | Durham, NC | The Turner Family

Everest’s new best friend, Eloise, was born in early October and we got to capture this at-home newborn lifestyle session with her family!

Alex and Graham are close friends — we met Alex while working together at Student U in 2010! We’ve seen them start dating, get married, adopt a puppy, and buy a home, but this journey has maybe been our favorite yet! Since having Everest, we love watching our friends go through pregnancy and parenthood together — we know what a thrill it is. Seeing Alex and Graham with Eloise was no exception!

We couldn’t wait to photograph Eloise after her birth, so we planned a time to bring over some dinner and our cameras. We love how these images of her with her family turned out! Here are some tips for making sure your own newborn session is successful!

When should we schedule?

We recommend scheduling your session for when your newborn is around two weeks old. This is when they still look super teeny tiny and like their newborn selves! They may have a little baby acne, but they don’t have receding hairlines yet. We promise — as soon as you get your photos back, you’re going to feel like your baby has ALREADY changed so much, so schedule these soon after birth so that you can still have that newborn goodness documented!

My baby’s schedule is all over the place! Help!

Eloise stayed awake the. whole. time. We have never seen a newborn who stays awake for her whole session, but she did a great job! By the end, she was ready for some milk and some rest!

So what time of day should you plan for your session? We recommend in the morning or early afternoon. We want to arrive right at the tail end of a nursing or feeding session so that baby will be content during the session. Whether your baby stays wide awake like Eloise or nods off, they will hopefully be full and happy! Want photos of you and baby nursing? Great — just let us know and we can arrive for that!

Do we include the fur baby?

One of our favorite things about newborns who have fur siblings at home is getting to see how they react. Watching Iris meet Everest was one of our favorite things — she was so much more gentle and tender than she’s ever been in her life. So we were excited to know how Moose was going to react to Eloise. He is a bundle of energy but did so well with her!

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Alex and Graham, thanks for allowing us to capture these images of your new family! We hope you two will treasure these for years to come! Eloise, we already love you. You’re a lucky duck to have two amazing parents and we can’t wait to watch you grow up!

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Want to see more family sessions? Head here! Or, if you’re ready for us to capture your own family at an at-home newborn lifestyle session, start by sending us a quick message here!




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