The birth of your child, whether your first or fourth, is an incredible moment in any parent’s life and one that deserves to be captured. Babies grow and change so quickly, you may be surprised how quickly your little one becomes a toddler—and barely resembles the sleepy newborn you held in your arms those first few weeks of their life.

I vaguely remember all the details of my daughter when she was a little baby. I was the mom that did not schedule a photographer to take pictures of their baby. I honestly thought I would have enough energy to do it myself…what a mistake. No one told me how fast those first weeks would past. I have plenty of images of her throughout the years but I missed those first weeks.

That’s why newborn photography is so incredibly important—it allows you to capture and hold on to a moment that is incredibly fleeting.

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Establish your family’s history and legacy

We all like to know where we came from. Have you ever looked through an old family album and tried to determine which relatives you look most like? Chances are your future children and grandchildren will want to do the same! While it may not seem like a big deal right now, it’s important to capture your life as you live it for future generations to look back on. Your family tree is more than a list of names—it’s features and personalities, what makes each of your unique, and that’s worth holding onto.

Avoid the pain of regret

I’ve never heard anyone say, “I wish I didn’t have these photos,” but I’ve heard tons of parents say, “I wish I’d taken more photos.” We never regret capturing memories. What we regret is the memories we let pass without trying to hang onto them.

Our memories fade with time, and the power of photography is it allows us to freeze the little moments that are so special to us and look back on them for years to come. Photos serve as a reminder of the life we’ve lived and the love we’ve shared. While you may regret skipping out on newborn photos, I promise you’ll never regret having those images.

Start a new tradition

Even if you don’t regularly take family photos or capture images of your kids, it’s never too late to start! Newborn photos are a great way to commit to taking regular photos of your children and capturing their growth. It can be so fun to look back and see how your child has changed over the years, from their newborn photos to their first birthday and beyond.

Create family keepsakes

Albums and wall art can become family heirlooms that you pass down to your kids when they’re all grown up. These products can stay in your family for generations and become important memories of your family’s history. That’s why we always recommend that parents purchase print products and albums in addition to digital images. High-quality products last for decades!

Everyone wants to see your new baby

Grandparents, friends, relatives—chances are everyone is clamoring to see photos of the new addition to your family. A newborn session is the perfect opportunity to get high-quality, professional images that you can share with your loved ones no matter where they are, whether in prints or products or even in digital images. Why not give the people what they want? And what parent doesn’t want to show off their child?