There really isn’t a wrong time to schedule your newborn photography session, but if you are looking for those wrinkly, sleepy baby pictures, you aren’t going to get them when your child is a three-month-old. Some people want to capture the real newborn stage, and others want their child to be a little more alert and interactive.

For documentary family photography, there isn’t a perfect time that suits everyone. What matters most in deciding when to schedule your newborn session that you have wonderful images of your newborn, and we can make that happen three days, three weeks or three months or more after their arrival.

Your first few days with your new baby are so special, but you will often be sleep deprived and memory becomes foggy. Images of those first days help you remember the little yawns, what it felt like to be parents of a newborn, especially if you’re in the picture, too.

It can be more difficult for first-time parents to decide when to schedule their newborn session. Do you do it right away, or wait a few weeks? Unless you are absolutely certain you want to wait a bit to schedule your documentary newborn photography session, get it on the calendar for the first two weeks after the birth. Going back in time isn’t an option, but you can always ask the photographer to come back and capture more of your little family.

That’s not to say that waiting doesn’t have its advantages – it definitely does. Waiting may allow you to feel a little more organized, or a little more like “yourself.” It’s important that you feel confident with whatever time frame you choose.

If it’s too difficult for you to decide, consider booking a newborn session in the first couple weeks after your baby’s birth, then at 6-months and again at his/her first birthday. First-Year baby plans may be just the right fit for you.

Deciding When to Schedule Your Newborn Photos

Newborn

Doesn’t the 10 Days Rule matter?

The short answer? No.

The longer answer? The 10 Days Rule says that all newborn sessions must be held within the first 10 days after birth. NOPE. I don’t buy it. If you’re looking for those perfectly posed newborn photographs, then this guideline may be more pertinent to you as the bones of most newborns begin to calcify after this ten-day mark. However, as a Documentary Newborn Photographer, I don’t try to fold your newborn into positions he or she may or may not like, so this supposed rule is really arbitrary.

First Two Weeks

If you want a sleeping newborn baby, book your session anytime from birth to about 15 days. They are more likely to sleep through the session during this time than if the session is booked after 15 days.

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3-12 Weeks

Waiting a little bit will result in images capturing more of your baby’s personality. They will be more alert, and interactions with parents, siblings, and pets will be dynamically different.

3, 6 and 9-Months

Yes, this might seems like a really long time to wait for your Newborn Photography Session, but sometimes life just happens and scheduling that session when baby is 3-days old just isn’t possible.

Baby will be much more alert and active at these sessions. Plus, you’ll know a little more about what they do/don’t like. And have a few routines developed that make for some great memories.

3-Months

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6-Months

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9-Months

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Your First Family Photos: Deciding When to Schedule Your Newborn Session