Ultimate Guide to Your Montreal In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session with Carolina Hanna Photography


Have questions about having your newborn photo shoot at home?

I know how unnerving having a photographer come to your home is, especially when you just had a baby…

That’s why I want to put your mind at ease and walk you through what you can expect during your in-home lifestyle newborn session with me!

I’ll be your guide, sharing all the information you need to know about newborn photo shoots. From the moment we step into your home to the final delivery of your beautiful images, I’ll be there every step of the way.


There’s no reason to stress

Your In-Home Newborn Photo Shoot Will Be Totally Relaxed

In the world of lifestyle photography, it’s all about embracing the real-life moments with your new baby. That’s why there are no expectations when it comes to our sessions. You don’t have to worry about your baby being sound asleep or trying to make them “cooperate” in a specific way. Instead, we’ll simply follow your baby’s lead, ensuring their happiness and security while you have the opportunity to sit back and fully cherish your new little love.

I understand that life with a newborn can often be far from relaxing. However, your session with me will be a calming and peaceful experience. It will provide you with a precious moment to truly soak in the beauty of this special time in your life.

Of course babies cry, and if they are unhappy, hungry, cold or anything else, we can stop at anytime to make sure your baby is happy.

  • Baby doesn’t need to be sleeping
  • We can stop anytime for feeding, changing, etc.
  • Just relax and cuddle your baby!


You don’t need a “Pinterest-Worthy” home

You wouldn’t know it looking through the images on this website, but I get asked SO OFTEN about what happens when “our home doesn’t look like it came out of a magazine”. I can tell you with 100% certainty that it doesn’t matter! Your newborn photographs are all about capturing the love and joy within your family, not about the appearance of your home.

When I arrive at your place, I’ll take a quick peek around to find the best light available. All I really need is a window and your loving family to work some true magic. I’ve done entire photo shoots in the tiniest of spaces, so trust me when I say that your home is absolutely perfect just the way it is.

During our session, I love getting some cozy shots on your bed. And if your baby’s nursery is ready, we can also capture the pride and effort you’ve put into decorating their very first room. But hey, if those areas don’t work for any reason, no worries at all! We’ll simply find another spot that fits us perfectly. And if all you have is one window, we can do a full shoot in that space.

Remember, this session is all about the warmth and connection within your family, not about achieving perfection. So let’s relax, and enjoy the precious moments as they unfold naturally. Together, we’ll create the most adorable newborn photographs that truly capture the love and happiness in your family.

  • The photos are about your family not your home
  • All we need is a window
  • Your entire shoot can be done in one room


What to wear for your in-home newborn session

Planning outfits doesn’t need to be stressful. The goal of in-home photo shoots is to keep things really simple, cozy and relaxed. This also goes for your outfits.

Once your session with me is confirmed, you can expect an email with a link to the Welcome Guide – this is a planning guide that will tell you everything you need to know about choosing an outfit and what works or doesn’t work well for photos.

As for your newborn baby, I offer a selection of adorable baby clothes that you can use for your session. For newborns, I recommend getting newborn size clothing – I know how impractical that is for you to buy and probably never use again, that’s why I offer the option of using my outfits and blankets. The pieces in my collection are classic, neutral, and timeless and are washed with Ivory Snow after every use.

If you’d rather get your own baby outfit, I’ll give you some shop ideas and guidance about what works best!

Overall, my goal is for you to be comfortable in whatever you chose to wear. You can see more tips about choosing an outfit by clicking here to view my blog post all about what to wear for your newborn session.

  • I can provide newborn baby outfits
  • You’ll get access to my Welcome Guide that helps you pick outfits and prepare for your session
  • Keep it comfortable, you don’t need anything fancy

the newborn wardrobe

Here are a few of the pieces available for you to use for your newborn session. If there’s a specific piece you like, I’ll bring it, otherwise I’ll arrive with a selection of outfits that you can choose from.

All outfits and blankets are neutral and classic.


How long does an in-home newborn session take?

You should expect about 90 minutes for your newborn session. If you have toddlers at home too, then plan for about 2 hours.

My work is all about capturing the love between families. I am not aiming to get your baby into any overly posed positions. If you’re looking for that type of photography, I am probably not the best fit for you.

Your session is going to be really laid back. I allow the baby to lead. If baby is sound asleep, that will allow me to do a little posing, positioning the baby in your arms or on your shoulder. If baby is wide away, that’s fine too. As long as baby is happy, we can create beautiful images together. If baby is unhappy, we can stop at anytime to feed, change, soothe or whatever else your little one needs. Their comfort is always first priority.

This photo session is all about capturing those genuine, heartfelt moments that reflect the love and joy within your family. So, let’s keep it natural, authentic, and stress-free.

  • Newborn sessions last about 90 minutes
  • Plan a little longer if you have toddlers at home too!
  • I will stay until I have a beautiful set of images for you, I won’t be timing the session


How to prepare for an in-home newborn photo session

The moment you reserve your in-home newborn session, I’ll send you a comprehensive Welcome Guide that covers everything you need to know and expect.

Inside, you’ll find valuable tips and ideas on how to get your older kids ready and excited for the session, keeping the atmosphere happy during the shoot, and ways to keep your baby calm and content. Consider it your go-to resource for all things related to your session.

I want you to feel completely supported throughout the entire process. That’s why I’m always available for my clients, whether you want to chat over the phone, send a text, or exchange emails. Feel free to reach out to me anytime, and I’ll be there to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about your newborn session.

  • Client will receive my Welcome Guide, walking you through everything you need to know
  • I’m always available to answer questions and help you


What Happens After Your In-Home Newborn Session?

I know you will be crazy excited to see your photographs – Let me assure you, I’m just as excited as you are! I’ll be hard at work handpicking the absolute best images from our session and creating a beautiful gallery of photographs for you.

Once your images are ready, you’ll receive an email from me containing the link to your private online gallery. This is where you and your family will have the opportunity to view your images for the very first time.

Your gallery can be shared with friends and family, and you’ll be able to download your images and order prints directly from your gallery.

  • Images are delivered via an online private gallery
  • Download your images, order prints, albums or other artwork directly from your gallery
  • Your gallery can be shared with friends and family

I hope this guide helps to give you a clear picture of what to expect during your in-home lifestyle newborn session with me. I look forward to capturing these precious moments with you and your family. If you have any questions or need help, get in touch with me!

I’ve been photographing newborns since 2009 and would love to photograph yours too!

Carolina Hanna is a lifestyle family and newborn photographer based in Montreal, Quebec in Canada. Carolina serves the island of Montreal and surrounding areas including Laval, Boucherville, Candiac, Hudson, St-Eustache, Mirabel, Rosemere, Ste-Therese, Terrebonne, The South Shore of Montreal, Bainville, Longueuil, Town of Mount Royal, Outremont, Westmount, Ile Perot, Ile Bizard and more. Carolina is specialized in photographing newborns and families and has over 14 years of experience. Her passion is for creating relaxed, candid and playful family photography in-home or outdoors.


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