Pictures capture all the memorable moments in life and freeze them so you can cherish them forever. Therefore, why wouldn’t you want to capture your newborn’s birth right away? Any age is great for newborn photography. Most hospitals even offer a newborn photo session, while you are still in the hospital. Because of this fact, most people choose to wait to get a professional photographer for about a week after bringing their baby home.
The Ideal Age
If you are looking to find out the ideal age that most photographers suggest getting newborn pictures done, the answer is 5 to 12 days old. This time frame has given your baby’s skin time to even out to a nice flesh tone color ensuring that it is no longer blotchy. Another benefit to doing it between these days is your baby still sleeping a lot. Therefore, it is easier to capture all those sweet curled up position. These positions are great for props using baskets and bathtub poses. Most newborn pictures are done curled up in these items. Around 2 weeks, newborns start to opening up more when they sleep, making it more awkward to pose them in props.
Book In Advance
In order to ensure that you will be able to get your newborn photography done during this time, you need to book in advance. Many photographers’ who specialize in newborn photography are booked several months in advance. Therefore, you should book as far out as possible. Preferably in your second trimester. This is a moment that will not come back so make sure you book it so you can remember this precious time in your baby’s life. If you are worried about your baby not coming on its due date, do not. Many photographer will hold times for before and after due dates as well to make sure they are flexible enough to capture this special time.
Accidents happen with children of all ages, even newborns. When getting your newborn’s pictures done come prepared. Some items to bring along with you during your newborn photography session are a pacifier and a change of clothes for you if you are going to be in pictures. Since most newborns are photographed naked, you never know when you might accidentally get peed on. Another thing to bring with you is anything that has significant meaning, such as a small toy or a special blanket. Also, bring any outfit changes you want your child photographed in.
The worst thing you can do is worry that something is going to go wrong. Photographers do this every single day. They know how important this is for you and they will make it prefect. If your baby starts to cry, don’t rush to his side. Trust that the photographer can handle it. Sometimes it can be harder to settle them if parents get involved. Relax and know that you are in good hands and so is your newborn.