I thought I would do a series of blog posts to go into detail on the ins and outs of a newborn photography session. Whether you book a session with Suzanne Barber Images or not, these tips will help you know what to expect from your photographer.
First and Foremost: WHEN to book your newborn session? If you are expecting, the time is now! :) To get the creative newborn sleeping poses, your portrait session really needs to be done in the first two weeks of life.
After that, your baby will be more alert and awake, which means more moving around: exciting for Mom and Dad, but not ideal for the newborn portraits. When your sweet Bundle of Joy arrives, you may not be able to find the number for the photographer, much less the time to call and schedule an appointment. The best laid plans can fall apart in the face of sleep deprivation. I usually schedule a Newborn session for the due date. Obviously, babies cannot be quite so predictable, but it gives us a placeholder for scheduling. When your baby is born, you can send me a quick text or call so I can start the preparations. Ideally, I like to get babies into my home studio around 5 days new. But anywhere between 4 days and 14 days will be just fine.
In the meantime, you could schedule a Maternity Mini-session, to capture a few memories of this special time of anticipation. Also, I usually like to take some time before the new baby and find out more about your newborn image plans. Will you be needing announcements, wall portraits, gifts, albums, etc? What is your nursery going to be like, and would you like some Mommy & Me photos to include in your decor? What is your favorite style and pose for your new baby? That way, when the time comes, I can have the kind of props, wraps and backgrounds to suit your plans and style.
Mother of four. Wife to Steve. On an amazing journey through life, and taking photos along the way.