When To Book Newborn Photos

When is the best time to book newborn photosWhen you’re expecting a baby there are so many things that you need to plan, think about and prepare. Where will the baby sleep, which nappies will you use, how should you prepare for the birth. You may also be wondering whether to book a newborn photo shoot.

One of the things clients are often not sure about is when to book their shoot – after all, if you’re not entirely sure when you’re baby will arrive, how can you book a photo shoot for them? In this guide I’ll explain why it’s important to schedule newborn sessions in advance, and the best time to do this.

 

When Is the Best Time For A Newborn Photo Shoot?

The best time for newborn photos does depend on the style of photo shoot you decide to have. Generally speaking there are two styles of newborn photography:

Studio / Posed Newborn Photos

This is what I specialise in, and is the style of photography that most people think of when they think of booking a newborn photo shoot. Posed newborn photography results in those sweet, sleepy photographs of your baby in lovely curled up positions, and to achieve these results babies usually need to be less than two weeks old. The reason for this is that after two weeks, babies tend to become much more alert and awake, and start to stretch out which makes these poses much more difficult to achieve.

I prefer to schedule newborn sessions when the baby is between 6-14 days old. This gives the parents a few days at home to recuperate and adjust after the birth. After 6-7 days they are usually ready to start making trips out and about. Importantly, it also means that we catch the 14-day window.

Lifestyle Newborn Photos

The other style of newborn photography, which is also becoming popular is lifestyle newborn photography. These sessions typically take place at your home, and the focus is on capturing moments between the new baby and their parents, and the new baby in their surroundings.

The timing of a lifestyle newborn shoot really depends on each photographer. Each photographer will have their own style, and to achieve that style will specify a ‘best age’ for the session.

Read more about the difference between posed and lifestyle newborn photography

So in summary the style of newborn photography you choose will govern when the photo shoot needs to take place. This brings us onto the questions of when to book your shoot. For the remainder of this article I’ll focus on the studio style of newborn photography that I specialise in.

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When To Book Newborn Photos

Because newborn sessions take place so early on in your baby’s life, I recommend booking them well before your baby arrives. Not only because you risk not being able to secure a spot in your chosen photographer’s diary if you don’t, but also because once your baby arrives it will be easy for the task to drop down your to-do list.

I advise expectant parents to book their shoot just after their 20 week scan. By this time you have a good idea of how your pregnancy is progressing and whether you’re likely to need any additional care after your baby is born. This allows plenty of time to secure a spot in your chosen photographer’s diary, and to think about any preparations you want to make before your baby arrives.

Read more about how to choose a newborn photographer here.

 

What if My Baby Arrives Early or Late?

One of the most common questions from my clients is “what happens if my baby arrives early or late?” If the two week time slot is so important, but we don’t know exactly when your baby will arrive, how can we know when to schedule the shoot?

When you book a newborn session with me we won’t actually schedule a date in the diary, unless you are having a planned cesarean and know the date that your baby will be born. Instead your booking guarantees a place in my diary, and we will schedule the exact date once your baby is born. All I ask is that you give me a call as soon as you can after your baby arrives so that we can confirm a date for the session.

 

My Baby Has Already Been Born. Have I Left It Too Late To Book?

If your baby has already arrived but you haven’t booked your session then I recommend getting in touch as soon as you can to see whether I have availability. If one of my client’s babies has arrived early or late it’s possible that I may have space for an extra session.

When to book newborn photos

In Summary

In summary, regardless of the style of newborn photography you have chosen it’s best to book your session before your baby is born – ideally just after your 20 week scan.

If your baby has already been born but you haven’t booked your shoot yet it’s important to get in touch as early as possible to check availability.

You can read more about how my newborn sessions work here, or find the answers to more frequently asked questions about newborn photography in the ‘related articles’ section below.

 

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Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer covering South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography and offer studio sessions, and lifestyle shoots outdoors and at home. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.