Preparing for your lifestyle newborn session

I want to introduce you to my cousin (the comedian) Gerardo and his beautiful wife Jessica! You’ll see why I call him a “comedian” later on. This is my sweet nephew Everette! He was born, 3 wks ago! Isn’t he a cutie!?  I absolutely love his name! Everette, sounds so earthy and unique. I like earthy + unique. Good job you guys and congrats!

Indoor newborn session in Lake Villa by Maira Ochoa Photography

This session truly turned out beautiful and is a good example of my style.  I would like to walk you through a “Special Lifestyle Home Session Experience”.  

Indoor newborn session in Lake Villa by Maira Ochoa Photography

Before the session even starts I give my clients some helpful tips on how to choose the perfect room.  

Here’s a step by step guide to help you prepare for your session with me:

One: Choose a room with windows. Beautiful natural light is our best friend. The majority of the session was in the nursery.  We changed things up a bit and then moved to the master bedroom.

Two: Declutter.  Very important. I help with staging and don’t mind cleaning but I ask that you please try and clean up the majority of the clutter before I arrive.

Three: Accessories!!! Baby hats, receiving blankets, stuffed animals, signs/announcements.  Have those ready. I provide the baskets, floor backdrop, and fur.

Four: Patience.  Baby’s need to nurse, burp and sleep on their terms.  Allow plenty of time. I typically spend 2 hrs for session like this one.

Indoor newborn session in Lake Villa by Maira Ochoa Photography

Five: I love to include the entire family and do groupings such as Fam, Mom + Baby, Dad + Baby, siblings + Baby,  and just Baby.

Six: When choosing what to wear, try choosing casual outfits with natural tones. Accessorize to give it a POP of fun, if that’s your thang!

Indoor newborn session in Lake Villa by Maira Ochoa Photography

Seven: Have fun and be yourself! I want to capture the moment and tell your special story.  No one’s judging you, play it cool and it will all work out!

Remember “the comedian” part?  Here he is doing what he does best! Making everyone LAUGH!