Lisa Carr, with Belly to Baby Studios, is a newborn photographer in Houston. She recently photographed this baby girl when she was 1 month old.
What age is best to photograph a newborn?
It is recommended that you photographed newborns between 7-12 days old. If you are a new Mom, or have never had your newborn photographed professionally you may be wondering why. This time frame is recommended so that your baby will sleep a bit more and so that they are still flexible since their bones and muscles have not fully developed.
Older Baby Sessions
Babies that are older than this will typically stretch out more and reach out more with their hands during their sessions, and also may not want to be scrunched up or swaddled. We always receive calls after a baby has been born, and Moms are panicked because they did not pre-schedule their baby’s newborn session weeks in advance. We always leave room in our calendars for these last minute sessions.
We also believe that it is very important to have your newborn’s photographed even if they are older than the recommended time frame of 7-12 days old. We know older babies will need to be handled differently and accommodations made for extra feedings during the session. Also we love to capture awake babies during the newborn session, and we allow extra time for these poses as well:
We also love to capture Family Portraits during the newborn session. A professional family portrait can also be used as a holiday card or as a gift for family. And, of course, it is a wonderful way to document your family’s history.
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