If you’re a first-time parent or you’ve never done a newborn session before, you may be wondering when the best time is to book your newborn photoshoot. Photography is one of the many things about being a parent that no one tells you how to handle! You want adorable images of your new baby, but you may be unsure how to book a session or even how to find a newborn photographer in your area.
Unlike family photography, you can’t just pick a date for your newborn photo session. After all, you don’t know when exactly your baby will arrive, so how can you determine the right time to schedule your photo session? You don’t want to rush to book a newborn photographer while also taking care of your newborn. Talk about stressful!
Don’t worry, I’m here to clear up the mystery around newborn sessions!
When should I book a newborn photographer?
Every photographer is different, so be sure to contact the photographer you want to work with and ask them when the best time is to book. In general, however, the best time to book a newborn photo session is during your second trimester. That’s usually when most parents begin preparing in earnest for their baby’s arrival—getting the nursery ready, purchasing clothes and items—so that’s the perfect time to add “book a newborn session” to your to do list as well.
Of course, you can always book your session later, but many photographers fill up their slots quickly, and if you really want to work with a specific photographer, the sooner you can book a session, the better. Otherwise they may have trouble squeezing you into their schedule at a later date.
When do I schedule my newborn session if I’m not sure when my baby will arrive?
Most newborn photographers will hold a session date for you around your due date. They understand that you can’t predict your baby’s arrival and will schedule a definite newborn photoshoot once your little one is born. You will have to contact your photographer after your baby arrives and let them know so they can officially get you on their calendar. Booking a newborn session ensures that you have a time slot around your due date, so you don’t need to worry if your baby comes early or late!
How old should my baby be for newborn photos?
Each photographer has a different range of time when they like to take newborn photos, and most won’t book a newborn session after a certain age. Generally, the best time for a newborn session is when the baby is between seven and 14 days old. At this stage, newborns are sleepier and easier to pose. That allows your photographer to get those adorable shots of your child curled up and asleep! Once your baby reaches the one-month mark, they become wigglier and more sensitive to touch, which means slight pose adjustments can easily wake them.
Hopefully, this gives you some insight into when to book your newborn photography session! If you have any questions about my sessions, feel free to ask. And be sure to talk to your photographer about how best to prepare for your newborn session and when to book.