When to Take Newborn Photos

As you pack your hospital bag, finalize the nursery decor and check off the last few to-do items on your list, I’m sure the thought has crossed when take newborn photos has crossed your mind. The beauty of discussing your needs ahead of time is that we can make any timeline work for you. Typically, newborn photos are done within the first two weeks of life. However, if you are a first time mom, you may want more time to recover. Since babies are considered newborns until 12 weeks of age, I want you to feel at ease knowing we will schedule what is right for you!

Little Rock Newborn photographer
Little Rock newborn photos

Newborn Photos Within the First 2 Weeks

Opting to do photos within the first two weeks is ideal if you want to preserve the sleepy and snuggly stage. At this age, babies tend to sleep right through the session, like baby Chelsea. If you envision photos of them swaddled, this is also an ideal age as they are more likely to find comfort in being wrapped. Photographing your baby before the two week mark also means we are less likely to encounter baby acne.

Newborn Photos After the First 2 Weeks

There may be several reasons you consider a newborn session after the first 2 weeks. You may not find the the idea of preparing for photos while you are still recovering ideal. As a mom of three-I understand this! Scheduling your newborn photos past 2 weeks of life can give you peace of mind that you’ll be more physically comfortable. With newborn photos taken after the 4 week mark, there is a greater chance that your baby will be awake. This session was taken when baby Josiah was 5 weeks old! The photos still turn out beautiful-this is purely personal preference! You may also have family coming in and out to visit the baby and would prefer to wait until you have more room in your schedule.

Ultimately, there is no wrong time to schedule your newborn photos. Each family has unique needs and visions and I’m thrilled to help bring that to fruition. If you are ready to discuss what will work best for your family, I would love to hear from you!


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June 27, 2024



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