Gaby Clark Photography specializes in older newborn photography
When is the right time to do a newborn session?
~There is no best time to do your newborn session
I know the recommended time to do a newborn session is within the first 15 days of life. However, after doing exclusively newborn sessions for 11 years, I find that doing your session after 15 days old is not an issue, as a matter of fact sometimes it goes better since I will be working with a baby that has adjusted to his/her new environment. I can guarantee beautiful newborn images of babies up to 6 weeks old and if your baby was premature, I will do the session whenever he/she comes out of the hospital.
There are several different reasons to do a newborn session after 15 days of birth.
Here are some:
Baby needs to have a really really full tummy, so if you are a first-time mom and your milk has not come enough to fill up your baby’s tummy, it’s better to wait a few more days. When they are not really full, babies are more sensitive and wake up very easily after each pose.
Baby was premature or there was a complication at delivery and he/she had to stay at the hospital for a few days or a few weeks. I will do the session whenever your little one is ready.
You had your baby and it was an exhausting experience and you don’t have the energy to do the session within the first 2 weeks of life.
You never thought you wanted to do a newborn session and never booked while you were pregnant. Your baby is here and now you realize you want to preserve these fleeting moments.
You contacted me and I’m booked or traveling and I’m not able to do the session for at least 1 or 2 weeks. I can still get beautiful images at any age.
For cultural reasons, customs are not compatible with doing the session within the first 15 days (e.g., the Chinese zuo yuezi tradition).
COVID-19. You want to give your baby the extra days so you are more comfortable taking your baby out for a session. Please read here about the cleaning protocols I have established for my studio.
If you are planning of doing a session but you are worried about having to do it within 15 days after birth, please don’t worry!. After over 11 years of experience, I am very skilled at posing babies of any age. Do I still recommend booking your session before your baby is born? Yes, I do, because you never know how things will go and how you are going to feel. If everything goes well and you are ready we can do the session within the 2 weeks of age otherwise we’ll do the session later whenever you both are ready.
There is no reason for not capturing beautiful images of this special time in your life.