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Newborn Photos - When is the best time? By Kristy Amos

Congratulations, new parents!

As you embark on this incredible journey of parenthood, there's one thing you'll quickly learn—their newborn days fly by in the blink of an eye. That's why many parents choose to capture those fleeting moments through professional newborn photography. But when is the perfect time to schedule a newborn photo session? Join us as we delve into this delightful topic and explore the best time to immortalise your little one's early days in stunning photographs.

black and white photo. Mum holding newborn baby. Mum and dad, heads together, staring at baby.

The Early Days:

When it comes to newborn photography, timing is key. The early days of your baby's life, typically within the first two weeks, are often considered the perfect window for capturing those angelic images. During this time, your little one is still adjusting to the world, sleeping for longer periods, and maintaining their adorable fetal position.

Sleepy and Curled Up:

One of the reasons photographers prefer the early days is that newborns tend to sleep more during this period. This makes it easier to position them gently and capture those precious, peaceful moments. Their deep slumber allows photographers to create artistic setups with carefully selected props and backdrops, resulting in stunning images that will melt your heart.

Black and white photo of newborn baby being held in mum's hands.

Flexibility and Poses:

Another advantage of scheduling newborn photos in the early days is the flexibility it provides. Since newborns are still in their sleepy and curled-up phase, they can be comfortably posed in various adorable positions. From the classic "baby in a basket" to sweet poses with props like hats, wraps, and headbands, these early days offer a wide range of options to create timeless portraits.

Capturing the Newborn Essence:

Newborns change rapidly as they grow, and each passing day brings new milestones. By scheduling your photo session during the early days, you can capture your baby's unique newborn features—the tiny fingers and toes, delicate eyelashes, and that irresistible button nose. These details are what make your little one's newborn phase so special and worthy of preserving in photographs.

Safety First:

While it's important to capture those adorable poses, it's even more crucial to prioritise your baby's safety during the entire photo session. Professional newborn photographers are trained to handle babies with utmost care, ensuring they are comfortable and safe at all times. They know how to position the baby securely, using supports or assistants when needed, and they are familiar with the best practices to avoid any harm or discomfort.

Newborn baby asleep in a basket, wrapped in a blue swaddle, bonnet and lying on a blue blanket.

Adjusting for Preemies and Special Circumstances:

Every baby is unique, and their arrival may not always follow the typical timeline. Premature babies or those with special circumstances might require extra care and consideration. In such cases, it's essential to consult with me and healthcare professionals to determine the best time for the photo session, taking into account your baby's health and well-being.

The perfect time for newborn photos is undoubtedly dur

ing those early days of your baby's life. This is when your little one is sleepier, more flexible, and still embodies the essence of a newborn. By capturing these moments through professional photography, you can freeze time and cherish these precious memories for a lifetime. Remember to prioritise your baby's safety throughout the session, and don't hesitate to communicate any special circumstances or needs to your photographer. Embrace this magical chapter of parenthood, and let the art of newborn photography beautifully capture the wonder of your baby's first days.

Kristy Amos

Professional Photographer


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