Lifestyle Session Preparation

We’re so excited you’ve booked with Jessica Bridgewater Photography.  Thanks so much for allowing me the honor of creating beautiful photos for your family. It is my hope that together we craft not only awesome memories, but gorgeous, timeless images as well.

These photos are taken in a documentary or photo-journalistic style. There is no real “posing, sit and look at the camera” type of stuff. The goal is to document your family in the moment. Doing things that you do every day, but with a little more feeling. Whether it be laughing, crying, eating, playing peek-a-boo, or snuggling your newborn. For older kids have an activity planned, like baking cookies or doing any of their favorite activities, playing with favorite toys, reading books, etc. 

I want you to be able to look back at these photos years from now, and remember exactly where you were and how you felt during this season of life.

PREPARE YOUR HOUSE: No need to clean, but just try and make sure the clutter has found its way to a closet and out of the way. My workflow starts in the nursery, then I will work my way through the master bedroom, living room, and kitchen. Please make your bed and tidy up your bedroom. Clear nightstands and counters of clutter or distracting elements.

BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL LIGHT: I ask that you open all of the blinds and curtains in your home prior to my arrival. This enables me to find the best source of natural light in your home, so that I can set up the best possible locations. I typically shoot a good portion of the session in the nursery so please have the curtains and shades open to let in lots of natural light. I also love to photography baby with mom and dad in their bed, on the couch, anywhere comfy and snuggly. 

WHAT TO WEAR: Looking relaxed and at your best will make you feel more comfortable during the session. As far as clothing? Keep it simple. Neutrals are great! Throw in a little color if you’d like, but skip the busy pattens. Steer clear of logos and patterns! Compliment each other but do not match. Keep clothes loose and non constricting. I want you to be comfortable when when sitting and laying on your bed. There is a link to our Pinterest page with outfit ideas in the session calendar invite.


SLEEPY: Baby can be awake or asleep during this session. We’ll get a wide range of shots either way!

HUNGRY: A well fed baby is a happy baby! Please feed and burp baby right before our session to ensure a happy baby. I’ll also be more than happy to take feeding breaks as needed. 

WEARING: Have baby in a neutral color that coordinates with what the rest of the family is wearing. 

Most importantly remember this is a special day and try to relax! 

Any questions at all please feel free to call me at the studio at 913-579-6249