WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BOOK A NEWBORN SESSION?
The best time to book your newborn session is when you find out that you are expecting! A little secret, I usually know that you are expecting before your family does. I like to photograph maternity sessions around 30 weeks, and we typically schedule your newborn & maternity session at the same time (on our first call.) I will pencil in your newborn session, about 12 days from your due date. If baby comes early, or a little later than planned, we can always adjust the time and date if we need to. Don’t worry at all ;). I am a fine art portrait photography studio, and only schedule 2 newborn sessions per week, along with my family portraits and photography mentoring schedule. I do reserve sessions far in advance, so just be sure to reach out as soon as you are ready to put the dates on your calendar.
HOW OLD SHOULD THE BABY BE FOR THE NEWBORN PICTURES?
There are so many different opinions of newborn photography; your session is going to be customized just for you, and we need to make it special for you and your baby. I like to schedule sessions about two weeks from your due date. If you have a planned delivery that goes perfectly, you are welcome to come in as early as 7 to 10 days; however, I like to wait about 10 to 12 days just to give you a little more time to heal, and bond with your baby.
A lot of my clients choose an at home lifestyle session to capture this special time at home as a new family. In-home newborn lifestyle sessions are a great option for older babies because we can schedule your session around two weeks or three weeks old. The baby will be swaddled and held, and there will not be any fancy posing so no need to worry about sleeping babies or crying. They will be happy because they will be loved and held.
For studio sessions… or baby only sessions… these are a little more posed… I do like the baby to be about 8 to 12 days old.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE A PART OF OUR SESSION?
This is your session, so you can include as many people as you would like! Most clients have Mom, Dad, siblings, as well as a grandparent or two. Please just let me know ahead of time so that I can make sure that we plan accordingly, and make sure that we have enough space and time for your session. We will chat about all of the details during your pre-session meeting prior to your session.
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