If you're looking to capture those special moments in your family's life, a lifestyle newborn and family photography session may be the perfect option for you. However, you may have some questions about what to expect during your lifestyle newborn photography session. Below, I will discuss in detail lifestyle photography FAQ's. It's designed to answer any questions you may have about what to wear, how long the session will take, what to bring, and more. By providing this resource, I hope to make your newborn lifestyle photoshoot experience, stress-free as possible so that you can focus on enjoying the moment and creating lasting memories with your loved ones.

1) Where Are You Located?


Dallas newborn and baby lifestyle photography sessions take place in my home studio, located at 4014 Dalton Dr. Rowlett, TX. The studio is a custom design private space away from the rest of my home which holds everything needed for your custom lifestyle newborn photography experience.


2) What Is Lifestyle Studio Newborn Photography?


Lifestyle newborn baby photography is a laid back, casual approach to newborn and baby photography. I utilize a soft, natural and clean approach with the use of a white cozy bed with white/ivory organic linens, wraps and textiles. This type of baby and newborn photography is designed for parents that aren't into prop heavy newborn sessions and prefer a clean, natural and minimalist approach to their photography sessions.


3) How Is This Different To Documentary Photography?


Documentary photography is the art of capturing raw, unscripted moments without any explicit direction. On the other hand, lifestyle newborn photography embraces a slightly more stylized approach, incorporating elements of posing and gentle prompts. It aims to create a relaxed and natural atmosphere, guiding subjects on where to stand, sit, or place their hands. The combination of both approaches allows for a dynamic and authentic portrayal of moments, infusing them with depth and meaning.


4) What Age Is Best For a Lifestyle Session?


With a Dallas lifestyle photography session, fortunately for many clients there isn't a specific time frame to get photos done. Clients have more flexibility in getting a newborn photoshoot scheduled, than they would with a posed, newborn photography session. Posed is always best when captured at the age of birth, up to two weeks, max. Only because of the heavy prop transitions involved for the posed newborn photoshoot. I have witness many, many times after the 14-16 day mark, babies have discovered the art of stretching! Once that happens…they won’t let us curl them up into those cute newborn photography poses, without a fight.


Since no prop posing is ever involved with a lifestyle newborn photoshoot, you can wait much longer to get your baby's newborn session scheduled. There isn't an age limit for these newborn photoshoots. All babies at any age are welcome so please don't lose heart. The beauty about lifestyle newborn/baby photography is that, these newborn photos are more about the connection between you and your baby, rather than the posed studio newborn photos you often see. If your little one is awake and looking up at you, these photos can be just as AMAZING too!


5) What Creative Groupings Can I Expect From A Lifestyle Session?


Groupings during a lifestyle photoshoot typically commence with all family members together, creating a warm and inclusive atmosphere. The session then progresses to capture meaningful moments between mom and kid(s), dad and kid(s), and eventually focuses on your children together and (or) individually. Although you have complete control over the creative groupings, I often find that following this order sets a great foundation for a successful lifestyle photography session that beautifully captures the essence of your family.


6) I Would Love To Do Both! Can I Book A Posed Newborn & Lifestyle Session On The Same Day?


Unfortunately, you can not. Clients have to book either, or. If you're leaning more towards a posed newborn session, my advice would be to book the mini newborn photography collection. Get yourself small handful of beautifully curated newborn posed prop photos. Once your baby hits their next milestone, which is about 2/3 months, book the lifestyle photography family/baby session. That way you'll little bit of both; sweet sleepy posed newborn photography photos and then of course, baby photos where you can capture some amazing awake, sweet bonding parent/sibling photos. Important to note, lifestyle newborn photos are completely propless and do not include the use of any props. Unfortunately, no exceptions will be made to this studio policy.


If you're still interested in doing both, the same day, clients can book the mini newborn photography session and add the lifestyle photoshoot as an add on.


However, please be aware, no discounts will be given for combing both. My pricing structure is already priced reasonably for the quality of work and not to mention, delivering of, said high resolution files is by far, most valuable commodity, which not many Dallas newborn photographers do. You’ll notice not many newborn photographers sell their digitals, let alone the entire gallery and when they do, you’ll notice that they are priced a lot higher than fine art prints. Reason being, newborn photography digital files are amongst the highest priced items to newborn photographers, because once I give you the files, I lose any future sale from your newborn photography session.For this reason, I need to ensure a reasonable profit is made so again, no discounts of any sorts will be applied to your collection(s).


7) Will You Help & Guide Me To Make Me Feel & Look My Best?


Yes, I most certainly will! Let me assure you that I completely understand that not everyone has the opportunity to get professionally photographed by a Dallas newborn photography on a regular basis, so it's absolutely normal to feel a bit uneasy about the whole process. But I want to put your mind at ease. With my extensive experience in newborn and baby photography, I can already envision the entire newborn photoshoot before we even begin. From the perfect poses, ideal newborn lighting, to capturing the most flattering angles, I've got it covered.

What makes lifestyle newborn photography sessions special is their relaxed nature, allowing for a more documentary-style approach to the majority of the newborn family photos. You don't have to worry about too many shots of you directly looking into the camera and smiling awkwardly. Instead, I aim to capture the genuine moments and emotions, the candid interactions and connections that truly reflect your unique story.


Once your booking has been confirmed, I'll provide you with a comprehensive lifestyle session prep guide. This guide will cover every aspect of the studio session and provide detailed tips on how to prepare. From suggestions on hair, makeup, and clothing choices to tips on how to involve your baby or other children, we'll make sure you're fully prepared to make the most out of your lifestyle newborn session.

I want this experience to be enjoyable and memorable for you, so please don't hesitate to ask me any questions or share any concerns you may have. I'm here to create beautiful, authentic moments that you will cherish for a lifetime.


8) Can I Bring/Incorporate My Pet & Other Non Immediate Family Members To The Lifestyle Session?


As much as I wholeheartedly get the sweet idea of having your fur baby involved, pets are not allowed to be apart of any studio session. If you’re wanting your pet involved, I would recommend an outdoor family portrait session. Since this setup is very intimate and doesn't leave room for large groups, lifestyle newborn sessions are for immediate family members only; parents, siblings.


9) What Time Of Day Do You Schedule Lifestyle Sessions & Do You Offer Weekends Appointments?


Since lifestyle sessions are photographed indoors, we're not limited by weather conditions, ensuring a consistent and comfortable experience. As I also specialize in weddings full time, lifestyle sessions are exclusively scheduled during weekdays to give dedicated attention to each session. The earliest possible start time is 9 am, allowing ample time for preparation, and the latest available slot is 4:30 pm, enabling flexibility in scheduling.


10) What Safety Precautions Have You Incorporated Into Your Studio Business?


I’m vaccinated with the both COVID dosages and Tdap vaccine. I’m continuing to wear double face masks during all studio sessions and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Clients are required to wear a mask when entering my home but have the option of removing it when they arrive to the studio. Shoes must be taken off at the door.


I have begun the process of booking studio sessions full time, however on the contingency of, every other day. During that rest period, it will allow me to adequate time to thoroughly disinfect the entire studio; door handles, light switches, camera gear, floors, couches, seating chairs, walls, floor..etc and also run my air purifiers throughout the entire day to clean the air. Garments/props that are worn and not machine washable, are put on a 3 day rotation of no studio use after disinfection. Frequent hand washing breaks and the use of hand sanitizer is used throughout the whole session. For all the linens, I have 3 bedding sets in rotation. After your session is complete all linens are machine washed and not available for use for 3 days.


Please note, there is absolutely nothing more important to me than the health and safety of all my clients. Taking all the necessary steps to ensure the studio environment remains safe and clean for your studio session is my utmost priority so if there’s anything else I can do to help alleviate concerns, please don’t hesitate to let me know.


11) Who Chooses The Final Digital Image Count?


Within a week following your lifestyle photography session, I will send you a gallery link for soft proofing. This means that once your images have been carefully selected to determine the deliverable files, I’ll email you the gallery link containing the unedited files in their original high-resolution format. From there, you will have the opportunity to comfortably browse through the gallery and handpick the specific images you would like to have meticulously edited and ultimately delivered to you.


On average, this gallery usually consists of approximately 45-50 files, providing you with a wide range of choices and options for your final selection, ensuring that your unique vision is perfectly captured and manifested in the final edited newborn photographs that will be presented to you.


12) What If We Run Out Of The Said Amount Of Time For My Collection?


No worries, this tends to happen quite often but I don’t want you to worry. Depending how things progress, it might run a little longer or shorter. Please don’t feel as though you have to rush through it all. I understand not all families are the same, especially when working with little ones. Although the time listed in your collection is a generalized time of how long the sessions typically take, my session won’t be complete until I have the said amount of digitals, I am to produce


Thank you so much for visiting my lifestyle photography FAQ's. If interested in booking a lifestyle newborn or family session in Dallas or you have further questions, please contact me at this link.


• $35 retainer fee due upon booking

Lily Hayes has always kept her newborn, maternity and cake smash photography collections simple, transparent and all inclusive. Our booking process is seamless and hassle free with only amount due upfront is a $35 booking fee. However, $35 booking fee only applies to newborn, lifestyle and maternity sessions. Cake smash photography sessions require a $150 booking fee. Booking fee, is applied to the total amount due. Remaining balance is due 24 hours prior to your session date.


All inclusive pricing; you select the collection that include the said number of files and you pay the listed price. The collection price includes photographers time, creative talent, session design, editing of your images. As well, as the rendering of high resolution digital gallery. Gallery is available for digital download. The photos are yours to share, print, treasure and adore for years to come.

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Lily Hayes is highly ranked Professional Dallas Newborn Photographer, Dallas Maternity Photographer. Also, specializing in Cake Smash Photography in Dallas & Dallas Family Photography. Servicing Dallas, Plano, Richardson, Carrollton, Allen, McKinney, Frisco, Wylie, Rockwall and surrounding cities. Studio is located east of Dallas right off George Bush.