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When to Book Your Newborn Photo Session

July 9, 2024

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Welcoming a newborn into your family is a whirlwind of emotions and adjustments. Amidst the sleepless nights and endless diaper changes, there’s a precious window of time when your baby is at their tiniest and most delicate—a time you’ll want to capture and cherish forever through your newborn photo session.

The Best Time to Schedule Your Newborn Photo Session

Clients often ask us when is the ideal time to schedule a newborn photo session. Our recommendation? Aim to schedule your session when your baby is ideally between 5 to 14 days old, with 3 weeks being the outer limit. Here’s why:

  1. Tiny and New: During the first two weeks of life, babies are still very sleepy and curl up naturally into those adorable poses that epitomize newborn photography. Their delicate features, tiny fingers, and soft skin are at their peak cuteness, making for stunning and timeless photographs.
  2. Flexibility in Scheduling: We understand that giving birth and adjusting to a new routine can be challenging. That’s why we recommend booking your session while you’re still pregnant, ideally during your second trimester. This allows you to secure a spot during that optimal window without the stress of last-minute arrangements.
  3. Avoiding Baby Acne and Colic: Around 3-4 weeks, some babies develop temporary skin issues like baby acne or start experiencing colic, which can make them more irritable and less likely to settle into those peaceful poses that characterize newborn portraits.

Preparing for your photo session

We know that planning a newborn photo shoot so soon after giving birth might seem overwhelming. Rest assured, we strive to make the process as seamless as possible:

  • Comfort is Key: Come as you are! Whether you arrive in pajamas or your favorite loungewear, our goal is to create a relaxed environment where you can feel comfortable and at ease.
  • Expert Styling: We’ll take care of styling you and your baby for the shoot, ensuring you look and feel your best. Our expertise in posing newborns ensures that we capture those fleeting moments beautifully.

Preserving your precious memories

Newborn photography isn’t just about taking pictures—it’s about preserving memories. These early days with your baby are fleeting, and the details that seem insignificant now will become priceless in the years to come. Whether it’s the way their tiny fingers wrap around yours or the delicate curl of their lips as they sleep, these are moments you’ll want to hold onto forever.

So, if you’re expecting or have recently welcomed a new addition to your family, consider scheduling your newborn photo session early. By capturing these early moments, you’re creating a visual legacy that will bring joy and nostalgia for generations to come. Don’t let these precious days slip by unnoticed. Contact us today to secure your newborn session and embark on a journey to preserve the beauty and innocence of your baby’s first days in stunning photographs.      


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