Newborn Session Shot List | Boston Newborn Lifestyle Photographer

I headed out to see this family in Sudbury, MA with my usual newborn session shot list in mind. The list is short and sweet-baby alone, sibling photos, the whole family together, and each parent individually with baby. However, I decided to take a slightly different approach than usual for this session. Rather than visualizing some specific poses, I decided I was just going to check off the boxes on my list in whatever way presented itself. I had been trying to accomplish particular poses at previous newborn sessions, and was ending up frustrated when I couldn’t execute my vision. I let that all go on my way to see this crew.

And you know what? It was freaking glorious. This is one of the more documentary-style newborn sessions I’ve photographed, and I looove it. These photos tell the chaotic story of life with a newborn and a toddler. BUT they also depict all of the joy that comes with that.

I still let my newborn session shot list guide me, but I fully embrace the fact that it may be brought to life in an entirely unexpected way. That is what lifestyle photography is supposed to be though, right?

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Oh hey! I’m Melissa, a Boston family & newborn photographer, but I like to refer to myself as a toddler-whispering, child-taming, photographic ninja.