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 8 1/2 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).

If you are planning of doing a session but you are worried about having to do it within 15 days please don’t worry. After over 8 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 are ready.

There is no reason for not capturing beautiful images of this special time in your life.


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