The beauty of the in-home lifestyle session

From Leanne Vice:

When Lauren contacted me about doing an in-home newborn session, I was really excited. I absolutely LOVE shooting lifestyle sessions. They can be a challenge because you never know what kind of house you are walking into, but the end result is so personal because the images really capture the role that the home plays in the family.

When I pulled up to a gorgeous all-white house with HUGE windows it was like the photo gods had smiled upon me! This family couldn’t have made this house more perfectly suited to a lifestyle session than if they’d built it themselves.

As it turns out, dad, James, actually had built it! He is a local home builder and as you can see, he does really beautiful work (also, he is from New Zealand and he has an awesome accent). Lauren had everyone ready to be in the photos when I arrived. I loved that including the whole family in baby Jack’s newborn session was a priority for her.

Big sister Vivian is four and she was so good! I tried to rotate family shots with times where I would just get photos of Jack so that she could have frequent breaks. She loved handing him toys to play with which was SO incredibly sweet.

I love photographing newborn sessions in client’s homes because it is so much less stress than getting everyone out of the house. If someone needs a snack, the kitchen is right there! I have three children myself and I can tell you from experience that there is an adjustment period after each new baby, and you have to reset your expectations about how long it takes to get everyone ready and out of the house. It makes for a much more enjoyable session when you can just skip all that.

Lauren and James’ design aesthetic is so simple, clean, and beautiful and it really was a joy to photograph their family in the house that they have built and built their family in. I’ve since been back to photography baby Jack’s 6 month session which the whole family took part in again. It has been wonderful meeting this family and watching their kiddos grow!

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natural light newborn portrait by Leanne Vice

newborn baby with its eyes open by Leanne Vice

newborn baby head by Leanne Vice

photo of baby laying on a bed by Leanne Vice

natural light family portrait on a bed by Leanne Vice

natural light family lifestyle picture by Leanne Vice

lifestyle family photo in a home by Leanne Vice

little girl smiling for the camera by Leanne Vice

mom holding newborn by a window by Leanne Vice

lifestyle newborn photo on film by Leanne Vice

photo of mom and kids in the nursery by Leanne Vice

dad holding kids in the nursery photo by Leanne Vice

big sister near a baby crib by Leanne Vice

lifestyle pic of big sister reaching into crib by Leanne Vice

picture of big sister trying to get to newborn in crib by Leanne Vice

newborn looking at the camera photo by Leanne Vice

picture of newborn in an animal hat by Leanne Vice

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