The Best Time to Schedule Your London & Surrey Newborn Photography Session

the best time to schedule your newborn photography session

Welcoming a newborn is an amazing experience, and capturing the early days with natural, professional newborn portraits can turn that experience into precious, lifelong memories. But when is the ideal time to schedule your newborn photography session

I’m Clare, an experienced newborn photographer based on the London / Surrey border close to Hampton Court. In this article I’ll explain everything you need to know about the timing of newborn sessions, so that you can plan yours at the perfect time.

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The Magic of the Newborn Stage

Newborn photography is all about capturing the squishy, sleepy, and curled-up essence of a newborn’s first days.

Typically, the best time for this is within the first 14 days after birth. During this period, babies are more likely to be in deep sleep and naturally curl up as they did in the womb, making it possible to pose them comfortably.

Teddington newborn photography by Clare Murthy

Key Considerations for Scheduling Your Session

1. Book in Advance

It’s essential to plan ahead. Booking your newborn photography session a few months before your baby is born is recommended.

Most families book right after their 12 or 20-week scan. This ensures that I will have a guaranteed space for your baby in my diary when they are born and allows you ample time to prepare for your shoot.


2. Ideal Timing

The optimal window for a newborn photo shoot is between 5 and 14 days after birth. Babies at this age are generally sleepier and more cooperative, allowing me to gently and safely pose them, capturing those perfect curled-up poses and delicate details.


3. Be Flexible

Newborns arrive on their own schedules, so flexibility is crucial, and if your baby arrives earlier or later than expected, you don’t need to worry. 

I offer flexible scheduling to accommodate the fact that most babies don’t arrive on their due date. When your baby is born, we’ll confirm the date of your session to make sure it falls in the first 14 days.

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Why Timing is Crucial

Timing your session within the first two weeks offers several benefits:

Sleepy Poses: Babies are naturally sleepier and curled up, making it easier to achieve the classic newborn poses.

Comfort and Relaxation:Newborns are generally more comfortable and less fussy during this period, leading to more calm and relaxed photo sessions.

Capturing Details: Tiny fingers, toes, and delicate features are best photographed when the baby is in a deep sleep and less likely to move.

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Options for Older Newborns

If your baby is older than 14 days, don’t worry. While the prime window for traditional newborn photography might have passed, there are still plenty of opportunities to capture beautiful portraits. 

I offer sessions for older newborns, up to 8 weeks old, focusing on natural and timeless images that highlight your baby’s growing personality.

Click here to learn more about older newborn photography at my Hampton Court studio

The best time to schedule newborn photography in London and Surrey UK


Scheduling your newborn photography session at the right time is key to preserving those fleeting early moments. By planning ahead and understanding the best window for newborn photos, you can ensure you capture the moment in the way you want, with beautiful, timeless images.

Whether your baby is within the 14-day window or a bit older, there are wonderful options to capture this special time. 

If you’re ready to book your newborn photography session, contact me today to start planning and creating lasting memories of your newest family member.

Click here to learn more about booking a newborn photography session with me


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Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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