September 14, 2018
The first few days of a newborn’s life are some of the most precious. Professional newborn photography allows you to capture these sweet moments in a way that you’ll want to display forever. In general, the best time for newborn photography is within the first two weeks of a baby’s life. Read on to learn why.
What Style Do You Want?
Undoubtedly, you’re thinking about scheduling a newborn photo session because you’ve seen lovely pictures of newborns on Facebook, Pinterest, or any of your other favorite social sites. Think about the ones that really make your heart melt. Do you like the ones with a naked baby sleeping in a basket? The “first family portrait” ones? Or the kind that captures those real-life moments like rocking your baby to sleep? Your preference should help you decide when to take the pictures.
The Fresh 48
The Fresh 48 is our term for newborn photography that shows what life is like during those first 48 hours. We’ll come to the hospital or your place of birth to take these pictures. Close-ups and black-and-white images help soften the sterile feel of the hospital and cover up the exhaustion you might feel in those first days, while still capturing the beauty of your new family.
5-10 Days After Birth
Five to 10 days after birth is the best time for the “sleeping baby” style of photos. During this time, babies tend to be more flexible. We can mold their little bodies into those curled-up positions so similar to the way they slept in the womb. Newborns also sleep a lot during these days, so it’s usually easier to capture a sweet, peaceful moment.
When to Schedule Your Newborn Photography Session
Good photographers have busy schedules, and it can be difficult to schedule a session when there’s rarely a way to know for certain when your little one will make his or her entrance into the world. For this reason, we usually ask you to schedule your session about 5 to 10 days after your due date. Luckily, we’re flexible. We understand that babies don’t always arrive when expected. Keep in touch as your due date approaches. If possible, have your partner call or send an email when Baby’s on the way. If your due date comes and goes without a single contraction, let us know that too, and we’ll reschedule your session for a little later.
What If You Miss the “Deadline”?
You’ll often hear that it’s best to have newborn photography done within the first 10 days of life, but you needn’t worry if you pass that time. Sometimes, a parent doesn’t realize they want the photos until the baby is already a bit older. Sometimes, a baby’s first 10 days are spent in the NICU. There’s no bad time to take a photo of your baby.
Is your due date fast approaching? It’s time to talk to us at James Hill Photography. We’ll help you schedule your appointment and think about what you want from your newborn photography session.