The Best Age for Newborn Photos

The Best Age for Newborn Photos

What’s the best age for newborn photographs? I get asked this question quite often. First things first though, congratulations on the birth of your new baby! You must be over the moon and anxiously wanting to document your little one’s first precious days of life! 

For newborns, the ideal age I recommend is when they between 4-7 days old. That’s when they are still squishy and sleepy but also big enough for us to pose them easily. Somewhere between when the umbilical cord falls off and 8 days old is perfect.

For newborn sessions with yours truly, I come to your home. This saves you from having to pack up all your baby gear (and baby!) and haul it to a studio. “But Christine, my house is not big enough for a professional PHOTO SHOOT!” Don’t worry. For newborn sessions I only need a 5’x5′ space in your living room where I can set up my props and lighting.

While I am setting up we would have you attempt to get your baby to sleep. This usually happens easily when they are “milk-drunk” and when your home is very warm. The session can last from one hour to three hours, depending on how smooth things go. Sometimes babies are cooperative, calm and sleepy right away, and then super cranky after about 30 minutes…so we play it by ear.

Newborn Photo 1
Newborn Photo 2

It sounds obvious, but newborn sessions are all about the baby. The least amount of distractions is best (such as additional family members and/or other children). Trust me on this please. I know that everyone is excited to have a new baby around, but before and during the session it is best to have a calm and quiet environment for the best results, which is what you’re paying for, right?!

Having the session in your home also makes it super easy to incorporate any keepsake items (a special piece of jewelry, blanket, hat, prop). All I ask is that you have them on hand so I can easily add them in to some set-ups.  Also, as any parent knows, we always need lots of baby-wipes on hand as accidents do happen!

With spring right around the corner I can’t wait for another round of squishy newborn sessions!

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