They say timing is everything. As the song goes, “It can happen so fast or a little too late, timing is everything”. But when it comes to booking a newborn shoot, does timing matter? When is the best time to photograph a newborn baby?
Newborn Shoot: Inside 14 Days
Newborn photography is known for its gorgeous iconic poses. You know the ones I’m referring to. Those sleepy-curly poses that make our hearts flutter and our knees weak. Those poses that make angels sing and grown men weep.
Now, if you’re after those iconic images, then timing does matter. The best time to photograph a newborn is between 6 and 14 days. Why? Because during this short window of time, your little treasure is not just more likely to be sleepier, but they’re also more likely to mimic those curly womb-like poses.
Into the third week, newborns are more alert. This means they’re more restless and a little less ‘compliant’ when it comes to those sleepy-curly poses you may be after.
If you’ve missed this window, don’t be discouraged. We can still get any number of beautiful poses photographed during your newborn shoot. You’ll still have a wonderful range of memorable images that will make your heart soar and your knees wobble. Just be aware that after around 14 days, your little treasure will be less willing to do all you’d like him or her to do.
If it is within your power, make sure you book your newborn shoot well in advance. Not only will you avoid a last-minute rush and the stress that goes with it, but you’ll also have that peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ve ticked off another checkbox in what is no doubt a long list of To-Dos. Then when baby is born, let me know, and I’ll schedule your newborn session promptly. As the saying goes, “Unless you make time, you’ll struggle to find the time.”