The most frequently asked question I get for newborn sessions is “when do I schedule the shoot?”. We don’t know when baby will arrive, so it makes it tough to plan.
My answer? Schedule whenever you want.
If you want newborn photos, the first 2 weeks after birth are great for a shoot. If baby shows up early or late, we just reschedule. Flexibility is the name of the game with family photography! Of course, if you feel like you’ve been hit by a train after bringing a baby into the world, figuring out breastfeeding, and how to keep a small human alive in general, there is absolutely no harm in waiting until your head is above water.
You’ve probably seen a lot of newborn photography where the baby is curled up in baskets, or buckets, or on boxes. Maybe even “hanging” from a tree branch (cough cough…photoshop), or asleep holding their head in their hands (cough cough again). These sessions require babies to be less than 2 weeks old, when they’re most sleepy…and malleable. The sessions can result in beautiful photos but, with all due respect, they just aren’t my jam.
What is my style is to come into your home, sometime when the baby is still a baby, and take natural, candid photos of you as a family. Nothing too posed or forced. Just genuine love and baby-ness – baby in the crib, grabbing their toes on the bed, being snuggled by mom or getting zurburts from Dad. You know, the stuff you do with baby when a professional photographer isn’t there.
The last time I checked, there are no family photo police or rules to follow. You can take newborn, or baby photos, anytime you darn well please and they’ll be adorable either way.
some pics from a recent 2 month session: