I am a natural light newborn and family photographer in Austin, Texas, and I love my job. One of the things that I love and also occasionally find challenging about being a newborn photographer is going on location in my clients' homes for photography sessions, as I never know what kind of light and space situation I will find. Thankfully, I have never gone on location for a photography session and not been able to make it work!
Eventually, I plan to have my own studio, where I can create a warm and inviting space for clients to come relax and enjoy themselves for photography sessions. As exciting as that goal is, I think that even when I have a photography studio, I will still go on location for clients. Some photography clients are unable to, or nervous about going to, a studio particularly if they have a premature newborn or medically fragile child. I would certainly go on location in those types of situations for newborn photography or family photography sessions. Also, some parents are simply more comfortable staying in their homes, instead of trekking to a studio for a photography session, and as exhausted as I know new parents are right after the birth of a baby, I can completely understand the desire to have a photographer come to them.
Here's a recent behind the scenes peek of me photographing a baby during a Newborn Session on location at my client's home, taken by my client on her iPhone (so the quality is not high). The best location was a second floor window in the corner of their master bedroom. I had about 4 feet of space to work with during our Newborn Session, which included photographing their other children as well as the happy new family all together. Tight quarters, but we did it, and the family was thrilled with the final images.
In the first image, I am reassuring the baby through gentle touch and "shushing" that he is safe, and that he can relax and go back to sleep so I can take some more sleepy shots for our newborn photography session:
In the second image, I am trying to get a desired angle for a photo of the baby during our newborn photography session:
I love, love, love working with newborns and babies! They are so sweet and such amazing little beings. It is such an honor and joy for me to be able to go into people's homes and photograph their tiniest treasures during the beautiful and fleeting time just after a baby is born.