Posed, Natural or Lifestyle Newborn Photography: Which One is Right For You?


When you’re researching newborn photographers, you’ll no doubt find that there is a huge spectrum of different styles of photography to choose from. Most Newborn Photographers usually specialise in one style of photography, I however can offer either of the styles outlined below.

The three main types of Newborn Photography are: Posed Newborn Photography (studio), Natural Newborn Photography (Studio) and Lifestyle Newborn Photography (your home). Little Studio Photography offers Natural and Posed Newborn Photography. At special request, I do offer Lifestyle Newborn Photography too.

So what are the differences between these different types of newborn photography, and which is right for you? In this post I’ll explain the differences, and why one style may be better for your family than the other.


Posed studio newborn photography sessions take place in my studio in Kilmacolm, Inverclyde. I make use of natural and studio light, depending on the setup. Babies are usually asleep so this style photography can take a little longer if baby is fighting sleep. Baby can be naked, wearing a little outfit or wrapped up in blankets. They may be photographed on blankets, or in props such as bowls, baskets & boxes. This style of photography also includes family portraits, and sibling photographs within the session. Here are some examples from my posed, studio sessions:


The main aim of a Natural Newborn Photography session is to capture your baby just as they are, with minimal fuss so that means no props, outfits or hats etc. The use of natural light is complimentary to this style, although with dark winter days, this is not always possible so some studio light might be needed. The natural newborn session also includes family and sibling shots but they are not posed and the aim is to capture the connection between you and your newborn. I will guide you to the best possible angle for the light source and snap away whilst Mum, Dad & Sibling kiss, cuddle and love the new little baba. This style of photography is usually all white, your clothing will be light and soft colours so as to not detract from baby in the resulting images. So baba will wear a white baby grow or go naked. There is no reason to wait until baby is asleep as it is completely baby led. So this session is usually shorter in length than the posed session.


Lifestyle newborn photography takes place at your home, and will usually spend the majority of the shoot focussing on the connection between you and your baby, and photographing your baby within their new surroundings. The photographs are generally more natural, less posed and your baby may be awake or asleep when they are photographed. Something to bear in mind is what you want to do with the images afterwards. Are you thinking of putting one up in the living room?


But what if you like all the styles? Which should you choose? Here are some considerations that may help your decision:


What would you like to do with the photographs after the session? 

If you’re planning to hang some on your walls for example, which style of photography would complement your decor best? If you would like to send birth announcements what kind of photograph do you envisage having on the front?

Studio Newborn Session

Studio Newborn Session

Do you want your home to feature in the photographs? 

Lifestyle photography will use your home as the backdrop to the photographs. This can be a wonderful way to capture your family – in the place where memories are made, and where your baby will grow up. On the other hand, you may have just moved in, be mid-renovations or not got around to decorating the house the way you would like it to be just yet. In these cases a studio session could suit you better as your home doesn’t need to feature at all.

An example from a Natural studio session

An example from a Natural studio session

How old is your baby? 

Many families make the decision to book a newborn photo shoot after their baby has been born, and this may have a big influence on the style of photography you choose to go for. 

I like to photograph newborn babies in the studio when they are under two weeks old – they’re still very sleepy and enjoy being curled up in the poses. As babies pass the two week mark they spend more of their day awake and like to stretch out – so the older that they become, the better fit a lifestyle session will be for you. The baby in the photograph below was 2 months old for her family session at home.

However if you just a cant decide, you could have a mixture of Natural and Posed then you have all the bases covered.


Are you ready to book a newborn photo shoot? Or do you have some more questions you’d like to ask first?

Get in touch with me here – I’m always happy to answer any questions you have and would love to hear from you.