What does an in-home newborn photo session look like? | Newborn Photographer in Pittsburgh

Ever wonder what a typical in-home newborn photo session looks like? How does it flow? How long will it take? Are there any breaks? What does the family do?

In this post, I’ll tell you what most of my newborn photo sessions are like and I’ll include a photos from one of my recent sessions with this super precious baby girl and her parents in their beautiful home!

mom and baby on couch for in home newborn photo session


“…we loved having her come over for the newborn session. She worked SO hard and captured beautiful photos that we will cherish forever! She is so laid back and easy to talk to. She makes you feel at ease and like you can be yourself during the session. We are so glad we could have her document this special time in our family’s life…” -R

baby on couch with mom for in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography


My newborn photo sessions are usually about two hours long. When it’s just baby and the parents, they are usually shorter, however if you have older children and want to include the family dog or grandparents (which I’m more than happy to include!) the session will be closer to two hours long.

mom cradling baby on couch for in home newborn photo session


I usually have openings on weekends and weekdays and I tend to schedule my sessions around 11:00 am. However, I have a very flexible schedule and I am happy to begin as early as 9:00 am and if necessary, as late as 5:00 pm (depending on the light and the time of year).

baby on couch with mom for in home newborn photo session pittsburgh


I typically photograph families with their newborns in two or three rooms in their house. When I arrive, I ask Mom what rooms she had in mind for taking photos in, and I have her or Dad give me a quick tour of their house. I love to shoot in the rooms that get the best natural light. I also like to push open curtains and blinds to let more light in when necessary.

baby on couch with mom for in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography


Typically, I shoot in the living room for the majority of the session. I’ll get photos of just baby and baby with their parents in a chair and on the couch and utilize the natural window light as much as possible.

what does an in home newborn session look like mom holding baby holding dads finger


I also love to get photos in the nursery if the family has one set up. I know parents put a lot of time and thought into decorating and preparing a room for their new baby so I love to capture images of it.

what does an in home newborn photo session look  mom holding baby in neutral tone nursery
what does an in home newborn photo session look  mom holding baby in rocking chair in nursery
what does an in home newborn photo session look  mom holding baby in nursery
what does an in home newborn photo session look  mom and dad holding baby in nursery


In addition to the living room and the nursery, I also sometimes use the master or spare bedroom. I love to get photos of just baby on the bed, Mom with baby and the whole family. I’ll also get photos of baby in a cradle or bassinet if you have one.

baby on bed with mom for in home newborn photo session pittsburgh with Mary Beth Miller photography
dad holding baby for in home newborn photo session pittsburgh with Mary Beth Miller photography


Depending on the weather, I also love to have everyone step outside for a few photos on the porch or in the yard!

parents on porch of their home newborn photo session pittsburgh with Mary Beth Miller photography
baby on couch with mom for in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography pittsburgh newborn photographer


My sessions are all baby led. What this means is, if at any time your baby gets fussy, we’ll stop to address their needs. I have no problem taking multiple breaks for feedings, diaper changes, or if baby just needs to be rocked and cuddled. However, I’ll most likely keep taking photos during these breaks because I love to capture those real life moments!

baby on couch with mom for in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography pittsburgh newborn photographer
baby on couch with mom and dad for in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography pittsburgh newborn photographer
baby in moms hands in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography pittsburgh newborn photographer
feet of newborn in hands of mother photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography pittsburgh newborn photographer


You don’t have to worry about doing anything but cuddling and gazing at your new baby! I tell parents to just look at baby for most of the photos so you’re not awkwardly looking at my camera for the whole session! Of course I’ll have you look into my lens for a few, but most of the time, you just need to relax and look at your baby!

baby on couch with mom and cradled by dad for in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography pittsburgh newborn photographer


Do not even worry or overthink about what to wear! Just dress comfortably! I encourage Moms to wear loose and comfortable clothing. Choose an outfit or two for baby, but keep it simple. Sleepers and onesies are totally ideal but I also love a cute outfit like baby J is wearing here!


It’s more than ok if baby is awake during our session! Since I do not pose babies, there’s no pressure to have a deep sleeping baby! I love to get wide awake photos as well as the sleepy ones!

mom and dad holding baby with lots of dark hair newborn photography in pittsburgh


I absolutely loved working with this beautiful family and their precious baby girl! Baby J slept so deeply for most of our session until she needed a break to eat and a diaper change or two.

baby with lots of dark hair and green bow in baby seat newborn photography in pittsburgh


You can learn more about my newborn sessions here,
and go have a look at my newborn gallery

mom kissing baby newborn photography in pittsburgh


Do you have more questions or concerns about a photo session?
I’d love to answer them for you!

baby with lots of dark hair in baby seat newborn photography in pittsburgh


If you’re looking for a newborn photographer in the greater Pittsburgh or Youngstown Ohio areas,  
please get in touch to inquire about a session!  


Here’s some blog posts you may be interested in!

WHY CHOOSE AN IN HOME LIFESTYLE NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION?

PREPARING FOR A NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION AT YOUR HOME

TIPS FOR INCLUDING TODDLER SIBLINGS IN NEWBORN PHOTOS

5 REASONS WHY I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHING BABIES OF ALL AGES

~All images by Mary Beth Miller Photography ~

Mary Beth Miller Photography has over twelve years of experience and specializes in newborn photo sessions in Pittsburgh PA and many of the surrounding areas.  

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What does an in-home newborn photo session look like? | Newborn Photographer in Pittsburgh

Ever wonder what a typical in-home newborn photo session looks like? How does it flow? How long will it take? Are there any breaks? What does the family do?

In this post, I’ll tell you what most of my newborn photo sessions are like and I’ll include a photos from one of my recent sessions with this super precious baby girl and her parents in their beautiful home!

mom and baby on couch for in home newborn photo session


“…we loved having her come over for the newborn session. She worked SO hard and captured beautiful photos that we will cherish forever! She is so laid back and easy to talk to. She makes you feel at ease and like you can be yourself during the session. We are so glad we could have her document this special time in our family’s life…” -R

baby on couch with mom for in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography


My newborn photo sessions are usually about two hours long. When it’s just baby and the parents, they are usually shorter, however if you have older children and want to include the family dog or grandparents (which I’m more than happy to include!) the session will be closer to two hours long.

mom cradling baby on couch for in home newborn photo session


I usually have openings on weekends and weekdays and I tend to schedule my sessions around 11:00 am. However, I have a very flexible schedule and I am happy to begin as early as 9:00 am and if necessary, as late as 5:00 pm (depending on the light and the time of year).

baby on couch with mom for in home newborn photo session pittsburgh


I typically photograph families with their newborns in two or three rooms in their house. When I arrive, I ask Mom what rooms she had in mind for taking photos in, and I have her or Dad give me a quick tour of their house. I love to shoot in the rooms that get the best natural light. I also like to push open curtains and blinds to let more light in when necessary.

baby on couch with mom for in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography


Typically, I shoot in the living room for the majority of the session. I’ll get photos of just baby and baby with their parents in a chair and on the couch and utilize the natural window light as much as possible.

what does an in home newborn session look like mom holding baby holding dads finger


I also love to get photos in the nursery if the family has one set up. I know parents put a lot of time and thought into decorating and preparing a room for their new baby so I love to capture images of it.

what does an in home newborn photo session look  mom holding baby in neutral tone nursery
what does an in home newborn photo session look  mom holding baby in rocking chair in nursery
what does an in home newborn photo session look  mom holding baby in nursery
what does an in home newborn photo session look  mom and dad holding baby in nursery


In addition to the living room and the nursery, I also sometimes use the master or spare bedroom. I love to get photos of just baby on the bed, Mom with baby and the whole family. I’ll also get photos of baby in a cradle or bassinet if you have one.

baby on bed with mom for in home newborn photo session pittsburgh with Mary Beth Miller photography
dad holding baby for in home newborn photo session pittsburgh with Mary Beth Miller photography


Depending on the weather, I also love to have everyone step outside for a few photos on the porch or in the yard!

parents on porch of their home newborn photo session pittsburgh with Mary Beth Miller photography
baby on couch with mom for in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography pittsburgh newborn photographer


My sessions are all baby led. What this means is, if at any time your baby gets fussy, we’ll stop to address their needs. I have no problem taking multiple breaks for feedings, diaper changes, or if baby just needs to be rocked and cuddled. However, I’ll most likely keep taking photos during these breaks because I love to capture those real life moments!

baby on couch with mom for in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography pittsburgh newborn photographer
baby on couch with mom and dad for in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography pittsburgh newborn photographer
baby in moms hands in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography pittsburgh newborn photographer
feet of newborn in hands of mother photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography pittsburgh newborn photographer


You don’t have to worry about doing anything but cuddling and gazing at your new baby! I tell parents to just look at baby for most of the photos so you’re not awkwardly looking at my camera for the whole session! Of course I’ll have you look into my lens for a few, but most of the time, you just need to relax and look at your baby!

baby on couch with mom and cradled by dad for in home newborn photo session with Mary Beth Miller photography pittsburgh newborn photographer


Do not even worry or overthink about what to wear! Just dress comfortably! I encourage Moms to wear loose and comfortable clothing. Choose an outfit or two for baby, but keep it simple. Sleepers and onesies are totally ideal but I also love a cute outfit like baby J is wearing here!


It’s more than ok if baby is awake during our session! Since I do not pose babies, there’s no pressure to have a deep sleeping baby! I love to get wide awake photos as well as the sleepy ones!

mom and dad holding baby with lots of dark hair newborn photography in pittsburgh


I absolutely loved working with this beautiful family and their precious baby girl! Baby J slept so deeply for most of our session until she needed a break to eat and a diaper change or two.

baby with lots of dark hair and green bow in baby seat newborn photography in pittsburgh


You can learn more about my newborn sessions here,
and go have a look at my newborn gallery

mom kissing baby newborn photography in pittsburgh


Do you have more questions or concerns about a photo session?
I’d love to answer them for you!

baby with lots of dark hair in baby seat newborn photography in pittsburgh


If you’re looking for a newborn photographer in the greater Pittsburgh or Youngstown Ohio areas,  
please get in touch to inquire about a session!  


Here’s some blog posts you may be interested in!

WHY CHOOSE AN IN HOME LIFESTYLE NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION?

PREPARING FOR A NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION AT YOUR HOME

TIPS FOR INCLUDING TODDLER SIBLINGS IN NEWBORN PHOTOS

5 REASONS WHY I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHING BABIES OF ALL AGES

~All images by Mary Beth Miller Photography ~

Mary Beth Miller Photography has over twelve years of experience and specializes in newborn photo sessions in Pittsburgh PA and many of the surrounding areas.  

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