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How Soon After Birth Should We Schedule a Newborn Shoot?


As an expecting mother, you look forward to the many things you will be able to do with your child. This includes everything from seeing them taking their first steps to getting their newborn pictures taken. Having a baby is an exciting time and you want to be able to remember this time when they get older. In order to do this, most couples will schedule a newborn shoot to help capture the baby’s first days. If you are looking to capture your newborn with a photoshoot, you want to make sure you schedule it before the baby is born. This will allow you to be sure the photographer will be available when you need them. Not all babies are born on their due date so you need to be able to work with your photographer closely around the time you expect the baby.

Age of the Baby

The biggest component of choosing when to take the baby’s photos is their age. You want the baby to be easily movable without doing too much squirming. This will help the session go a lot smoother. The younger the baby is, the easier they will be to maneuver. This is important so that you or the photographer can pose the baby the way you want them. The older the baby is, the less you will be able to keep them in one position. All babies are different and you won’t know what to expect until you start working with them. Each day can be different.

Most photographers prefer for the baby to be between 5 and 10 days. It is easier to work with babies this age because they sleep most of the time. A lot will depend on if this can happen like the health of the baby and the mom. Most moms choose to have the newborn shots within the first three months.

If you choose to schedule the photo session before the baby reaches 5 days old, you may run into some nursing problems. Most mothers don’t get their milk in until the fifth day so the baby requires to nurse more often. When you have to keep stopping for the baby to eat and be changed, it can make the photo session linger on longer than it has to.

Babies older than 2 weeks are not as easy to curl up. You may have to go for other poses during this time. This is when you can dress them up in your favorite outfit or sit them somewhere you like. You will be less likely to get shots of the baby sleeping during this time.

Baby Acne

A lot of babies will get baby acne when they are born. This usually happens after 2 weeks of the baby being born. This is another reason why you would want to wait until 5 to 10 days to schedule the shoot. The baby acne won’t last long. In a few weeks, you will be able to schedule a shoot again.

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