Understanding when to book your newborn session and how to prepare for your photoshoot

Life with a newborn is… a lot. You are in a love bubble with a beautiful, squishy human that smells amazing, but you haven’t showered in days, you haven’t slept in even more days, and did you eat today? There is so much going on, and remembering to get everything done is a challenge. While we planned your newborn session prior to birth, we don’t set a date until your baby is actually here. So here are some tips to help you know when actually to schedule your newborn session.

When to Schedule

There is no correct answer here. While I do suggest scheduling your session prior to birth, that is really just a placeholder. We won’t actually set the time and date until you are ready. Partners, please put my contact into your phones, so it is easily accessible when you’re ready to call and set a date and time. 

I like to photograph newborns within the first two weeks of life, but I know these weeks require some adjustments, and you may not have the space for one more thing. Just know this, I think babies are perfect just the way they are, and I think a newborn session can be done anytime.  

I do suggest scheduling your session before your baby is three months old to capture that newborn sweetness. However, even in those first three months, there are so many changes, so the answer depends on you. How closely do you want them to look like their newborn self? Do you have the mental space to take this on? Take a moment to consider these questions before you actually set your date.

When You’re Ready

Once your baby is here and you are ready for your suggestion, I suggest that your partner call or text me to set a date and time. These sessions take place during the week at 10:30 am. We will work together to find a time that is best for everyone. 

A Few Tips

I suggest neutral colors for the participants. Several of these images will most likely be taken from the primary bedroom. Plan your colors accordingly.  Please don’t feel obligated to deep clean your house before your session. If I need to move something, I will. Finally, your newborn does not need to be asleep for this session. While I do suggest feeding before your session, there is no need to overfeed or alter their sleep schedule for this session.

Those first few weeks are a blur. Trust me, I understand. I want this to be as easy for you as possible. If you are wanting more tips on how to prepare for your session, check out my Newborn FAQ (click here). If you are ready to reserve your place for a newborn session, click the button below and let’s talk!