Ahhh! The joy of baby’s first pictures or first family pictures. Getting your Newborn’s First Photos can be a really great experience, or it can be very stressful.
While you may have had more than one baby, I photograph newborns many times in a month alone. Some may call me the baby whisperer. Ha ha!
This doesn’t mean to come across as bragging, but in my time of doing this, I have found what works and doesn’t work with most babies and it’s why you will see those peaceful looking newborn photos on my website and even social media pages. The first thing that happens when you book a newborn session with Memories by Candace, is you receive a handy dandy guide to prepare for your newborn session. In there are tips for what to do even before I arrive to get that new bundle of joy ready to peacefully sleep. Doing this and following my guide ultimately makes the best of our time together and ensuring more photos for you. I cannot tell you how it truly is my “Bible” of newborn sessions and it works like 98% of the time.
The biggest thing I do want to emphasize is not to wait to get on my calendar. When you know you are having a baby, book that due date. That way you aren’t missing out when my month has already been filled. Once you book your due date, you are on my calendar which means I will fit you in as soon as you let me know the baby has arrived. I only take so many newborn sessions a month for that reason alone.
It truly breaks my heart when a mom has just had baby and little one is already 2 weeks and I just can’t fit them in. So with that being said, if you are waiting, I’m going to tell you – don’t wait! Timing is key for a lot of newborns.
For those posed newborn photos that you may come across on my website, it is best to get newborn photos within the first 2 weeks of birth.
While being a mom myself, I know it is hard to want to get out and take pictures with the baby in just the first 2 weeks. I sympathize with the new mom still getting adjusted. As photographers, we like those peaceful portraits of new baby, and this is the time they sleep most and it does make the best “Pinterest worthy” portraits. This is also why most of my newborn sessions, I come to you.
However, if you really love the look of a lifestyle newborn session. Those can be photographed past the two week timeline. And sometimes they are my absolute fave as they focus more on connection with your little family. So if you aren’t sure what those are, definitely take a looksie.