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Newborn Photography at Home vs. Studio: What Sydney Parents Should Know

Welcoming a newborn into your family is one of life’s most precious moments. Capturing these early days through photography is a cherished tradition for many Sydney families. When it comes to newborn photography, one of the first decisions you’ll face is whether to opt for a session at home or in a professional studio. Both settings offer unique benefits and considerations. This blog post aims to guide Sydney parents through the pros and cons of each, helping you make an informed choice that suits your family’s needs and preferences.

Newborn Photography at Home:


  1. Comfort and Convenience: There’s no place like home, especially for a new baby and recuperating mother. Home sessions eliminate the need to travel, offering a relaxed and stress-free environment where everything you might need is at hand.

  2. Personal Touch: Photos taken at home can capture the nursery, family pets, and other personal details, adding a layer of intimacy and uniqueness to your images that studio settings might not provide.

  3. Flexibility: Scheduling is often more flexible with at-home sessions. Photographers can work around your baby’s feeding and sleeping patterns, potentially leading to a smoother experience.


  1. Space and Lighting: Not all homes have ideal lighting or space for photography. Photographers may need to bring additional lighting equipment, and room layout might limit session creativity. Some lighting equipment and props are just too large or heavy to be portable. Many in-home photographers rely on natural light which may be tricky in some households, requiring moving furniture or other items to make use of the best light available.

  2. Preparation: Parents might feel the need to tidy up or redecorate, adding to the pre-session workload. Although a professional photographer can work in various settings, some preparation is often required to ensure the home is photo-ready.

newborn baby yawning holding it's parents hands
Studio newborn photography provides the best environment to capture special moments with the right lighting and equipment. © Amy Tong Photography

Newborn Photography in the Studio:


  1. Controlled Environment: Studios are designed with photography in mind, offering optimal lighting and temperature control to ensure your baby’s comfort and the best possible photos.

  2. Access to Props and Setups: Professional studios are stocked with a variety of props, backdrops, and outfits, providing more creative options without any additional investment from parents.

  3. Experience: Studio sessions benefit from the photographer’s familiarity with their working environment, allowing for efficient setup changes and creative experimentation.

  4. No Preparation Required: The beauty of a studio session is that you can just turn up and know that the studio will be ready and waiting for you. As your photographer it's my job to ensure that the space is clean and tidy and ready to be the backdrop of your photos. There's nothing for you to do but to just bring yourselves.


  1. Travel: Visiting a studio requires leaving the comfort of your home, which might be challenging for some new parents and their babies.

  2. Less Personalization: While studio setups offer variety, they're not able to capture your personal home space and nursery.

Making the Decision:

The choice between home and studio newborn photography ultimately depends on what you value most in your session. For those who prioritize comfort, personalisation, and the convenience of their environment, a home session might be the perfect fit. On the other hand, if you’re drawn to the variety of creative options, controlled settings, and professional touches a studio offers, booking a studio session could be the way to go.

Whether you choose to capture your newborn’s first days in the comfort of your Sydney home or in the creative environment of a professional studio, the most important aspect is preserving these fleeting moments for years to come. Each option has its unique benefits, and there’s no wrong choice—only what’s best for your family. As you embark on this exciting journey of parenthood, remember that these photographs will be a treasure, a reminder of these precious early moments with your newest family member. No matter the setting, these photos will undoubtedly hold a special place in your heart and home.

My Sydney Inner West Baby Photo Stidio

I offer studio-based newborn photography at my baby photography studio in Balmain in Sydney's Inner West. Here I have a range of props, fabrics and outfits to make your photo session special. I also have a comfortable lounge for you to relax on while you watch me work my magic with your baby. Be sure to get in touch to arrange your session with me.

Best wishes!

Amy xx


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