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Newborn photography – when is the best stage to photograph?

Apr 14, 2024

I’m often asked this question. In fact, I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been asked for newborn photography – when is the best stage to photograph?

Over the 13 years that I have worked as a newborn photographer I have learnt many things.

One of the most important things that I have learnt is that there certainly is no right or wrong time to photograph your new baby.

The reason I say this is because I think many new parents worry they have missed “the window” if they have not arranged for newborn photography within the first two weeks of birth.

In my opinion this couldn’t be further from the truth, which is why I provide this guidance to parents booking with me:

Newborn Photography – When should I book my photoshoot?

If you have pre-booked your newborn photography session with me before your baby arrives then we will have been communicating already by email.

I will have advised that once your baby arrives simply let me know and we will then look at the best dates for your newborn photoshoot at home.

As all deliveries and newborns are different I provide a very loose guide for the timeframe of this and the leave the choice of when is best to the parents.

I am very happy to come to your home and photograph your new baby any time from the second week after birth onwards. I have experience of photographing babies at all stages.

One thing I do like to do is to reassure new parents that if for any reason the photoshoot doesn’t take place until the third, fourth, fifth or even sixth week after birth it really is fine.

The pictures will be just as beautiful at any stage and just as precious.

I would never want to put pressure on anyone to have their photoshoot too early and sometimes extra time is needed to adjust to life as new parents and of course allow for recovery and any hospital care that is needed.

A beautiful 8 week old “new baby” photographed at home

I’ve chosen this beautiful new baby image as an example of how wonderful your photoshoot will look at any stage.

She was the perfect angel and actually sleepier than some two week old newborns that I’ve photographed.

Newborn Photography – The advantages of waiting for your baby photoshoot

It is worth mentioning that I do also think there are some wonderful advantages to having your newborn and family photoshoot a little later.

For one thing you will have had some time to be together as a family. To adjust to being new parents, to recover from birth and to have got to know your new arrival in these first weeks.

I will be there on the day of the photoshoot to reassure you at every step and to work with your baby at the stage they are then.

There is also a wonderful opportunity for parent portraits and gorgeous wide awake shots!

A little of their personality already starting to show and even some smiles creeping through!

Do you photograph all ages?

I photograph from newborn all the way through the first year and beyond! I particularly love returning to photograph children as they grow and to form relationships with them and their families.

Photographing older children and teenagers is such a wonderful experience. I love working with them to capture truly original portraits that reflect their personality. WIth over 13 years experience, I am very lucky to return again and again to many of the families that I have been working with since their pregnancy of their first child.

How do I contact you?

Getting in touch couldn’t be easier, I’m contactable by email, Whatsapp and via my contact page.

I always reply within 24 hours and I’m very happy to help provide advice on my packages

This year I have also added all of my pricing to my website. I hope this gives you confidence to book and to clearly see my pricing structure. I’ve worked hard over the years to find the best products for your images and also to provide the best service for retouching and processing your finished digital images.

Thank you so much for looking at my website, I hope to hear from you soon,

Elle

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