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When is the Best Time for Newborn Photos?

January 30, 2024

Is the first two weeks right for your family?

In the chaos of new parenthood, every moment is precious. Amid sleepless nights and baby coos, there’s a desire to freeze time and capture your newborn’s innocence. That’s where newborn photography comes in, preserving these early moments forever.

But when is the perfect time to schedule a newborn photoshoot? The answer, much like the rhythm of infancy itself, is both nuanced and deeply personal.

Brand new! Just five days old.

Embracing the Early Days: The Beauty of Newborn Photography in the First Weeks

In the first days and weeks of a baby’s life, there exists a pristine freshness, an ethereal quality that seems to fade all too quickly. This is why many parents opt for newborn photoshoots within the first two weeks after birth. Here’s why:

Tiny Features, Big Impact: Within the initial days, your baby retains that irresistible newborn charm, with delicate features and wispy hair that lend themselves beautifully to the camera lens.

Sweet Slumber: Newborns spend much of their time in peaceful slumber during the earliest weeks, making it easier to capture those angelic, sleepy poses that define classic newborn photography.

Flexibility and Malleability: In the newborn stage, babies are more flexible and easier to pose, allowing photographers to craft stunning compositions that highlight the purity and innocence of infancy.

Emotional Significance: For many parents, those initial days are a whirlwind of emotions, marked by wonder, exhaustion, and overwhelming love. Capturing these raw, unfiltered emotions in photographs can serve as a poignant reminder of the fleeting nature of time.

8 weeks old. Smiles and stronger bonds.

Savoring the Sweetness of Later Moments: The Joy of Capturing Milestones

While the early weeks offer a window into the purest essence of a new baby, there is also beauty found in waiting a bit longer to schedule a photoshoot. Here’s why some parents opt for later sessions:

Awake and Aware: As babies grow, they become more alert and engaged with the world around them. Waiting a few weeks or even months allows for photos that capture your baby’s emerging personality and curious gaze.

Family Bonding: Later photoshoots can include siblings and other family members, creating heartwarming portraits that celebrate the bonds of family and the shared journey of parenthood.

Physical Development: With a bit more time, babies may have filled out and developed additional features, adding depth and character to their photographs.

Flexibility for Parents: In the whirlwind of the early weeks, scheduling a professional photoshoot may feel overwhelming. Waiting a bit allows parents to settle into their new roles and adjust to the demands of newborn care before arranging a session.

Same baby as above at 8 weeks old. We were able to get sleepy newborn type photos too!

Timing the Magic

The timing of a newborn photoshoot is as special as parenthood. Whether you want to capture the freshness of the early days or the baby’s personality later on, newborn photography freezes time to cherish their sweet little features forever. Trust that whenever you choose to document this chapter, the memories captured will be truly precious.

Two months old with adorable smiles but we captured a few wrapped baby photos as well.

classic | tender | joyful

Mindy Larson Photography is a Houston portrait studio specializing in maternity, newborn, baby, family, and lifestyle photography.

Whether you are a mom-to-be or the ringleader of three, I can’t wait to plan your next photography session. With a studio wardrobe, you’ll never have to worry about what to wear, and with my North Houston portrait studio and a curated list of breathtaking outdoor locations, you’ll never have to worry about where we should go. For once, momma can just enjoy the ride. Let’s tell your story!

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