As a documentary-style newborn photographer in Dublin, I have had the privilege of capturing some of the most intimate and heartwarming moments in the lives of new parents and their babies. In this blog post, I want to explain why I believe a documentary-style newborn session is the best way to capture the beauty and magic of this incredibly special time.
First, let’s define what I mean by “documentary-style”. Rather than posing your baby in a studio with props and artificial lighting, I aim to capture natural, candid moments between you and your baby in your own home environment. My goal is to tell a story through my images, showing the real and authentic moments of your daily life with your new little one.
So why choose a documentary-style newborn session over a more traditional posed session? Here are just a few reasons:
It’s more relaxed and natural
The first few weeks of your baby’s life can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. The last thing you want is to have to pack up your newborn and head to a studio, trying to keep them calm and content in an unfamiliar environment. With a documentary-style session, you don’t need to worry about any of that. I come to you, and we work around your schedule and your baby’s needs. You can stay in your own home, in your own comfortable surroundings, and just focus on being with your baby. I will capture the natural moments that happen organically, without any forced poses or props.
Posed newborn photography with all the props and costumes can be cute, but it can also quickly become dated. A few years down the line, you might look back at those photos and wonder why you ever dressed your baby up as a little bear or put them in a giant flower pot. Documentary-style photography, on the other hand, is timeless. It captures real moments of your life with your newborn that you can cherish forever. You’ll be able to look back at these photos and remember exactly what life was like in those first few weeks, from the way your baby wrinkled their little nose when they slept, to the way you held them close when they cried.
It tells a story
A posed newborn session might have some cute individual shots of your baby, but it doesn’t tell a story. It doesn’t capture the essence of your family and the bond that you’re building with your little one. A documentary-style session, on the other hand, tells a beautiful story of those early days with your baby. From the way you decorated their nursery, to the little moments of cuddles and kisses, I aim to capture the full story of your family as it grows and evolves.
Finally, a documentary-style session is entirely personalised to you and your family. Rather than following a standard formula or template, I work with you to capture the moments that are most meaningful to you. We can include siblings and other family members, your pets, and anything else that’s important to you. I want to create a set of images that truly reflect your family and your unique journey.
In conclusion, I believe that a documentary-style newborn session is the best way to capture the beauty and magic of those first few weeks with your baby. It’s relaxed, natural, timeless, tells a story, and is entirely personalised to you. If you’re interested in booking a session in the Dublin area or would like to learn more about my approach, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I would be honoured to capture these precious moments for you and your family!