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  • Writer's pictureMaranda Walsh

When To Book Your Newborn Session

Updated: Jun 12, 2022

When Is the Best Time For A Newborn Photo Shoot?

Before looking at when to book your shoot, it might be helpful to explain when the best time to take newborn photographs is.

The ideal window for the shoot is when your baby is aged between 5 and 14 days old.

There are two reasons for this; first because babies are typically very sleepy during the first two weeks after their birth.

And secondly because during the first two weeks most babies enjoy being in the ‘curly’ fetal position that they were in in the womb. These two things make the sleepy, curly newborn poses comfortable for your baby and mean they’re likely to be settled and relaxed throughout the shoot.

When To Book Your Newborn Photo Shoot

With all this in mind, the best time to book your newborn photo shoot is before your baby is born. You can book your session with me any time during your second or third trimester.

As the vast majority of babies aren’t born on their due date, you might be wondering how on earth you can book your shoot before your baby is born. How can you know when the 14 day window will be?

When you book we won’t actually set a date for your session, unless you do know exactly when your baby will be born – for example if you’re having a planned c-section.

Instead I make a note of your due date and ask you to contact me as soon as you can after your baby’s birth. At this point we’ll set a date for your session to make sure we catch the 5-14 day window.

I only take a small number of bookings for newborn sessions each month. This means I can keep my diary nice and flexible and work to your baby’s actual birth date rather than their estimated due date.

My Baby Is Already Here! Is It Too Late To Book?

Nope its not! Just know this session may take longer than the one hour window. Lots of families first start to think about a newborn shoot once their baby is born. And if you find yourself in this position you’re certainly not alone.

If your baby has already been born please get in touch to check availability. I may be able to squeeze you in if other babies have arrived a little earlier or later than planned.

If your baby is already past the two weeks you don’t have to miss out. I regularly photograph ‘older newborn’ babies and also offer an Older Newborn Session which focusses on the newborn photographs that are suitable for babies aged up to 8 weeks.

Ready To Book? Here’s What Happens Next…

To book your newborn session click:

and let me know your due date.

I’ll get back to you within 24 hours to confirm availability.

Once you return the form and pay the deposit fee your booking is confirmed.

Between then and your session I’ll send you lots of information to help you prepare for a relaxed, enjoyable session.

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