The answer? Right away! If you are pregnant, then call me as soon as you are able to schedule a newborn session and let me know what your due date is and when you'd like an appointment. I know that babies come in their own time (unless you have other arrangements like a cesarean or plan to be induced) but I am flexible enough where I can move my days around, if needed. I can at least get you penciled in.
How old should your baby be? When is the right time of day? These are questions that I get a lot. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have as well, so ask away!
How old should babies be for a newborn photo session?
The optimal time for a newborn session is when they are 5-10 days old. I say this because usually baby is well recovered from birth at that point but is still in the very sleepy stage, which makes my job much easier.
This also makes it much less stressful for the parents, who a lot of times have a hard time hearing baby cry or fuss. Trust me, I GET that! There are so many times when I am driving and my 10 month old son will not stop screaming but I can't do anything to help. It is not easy for parents, especially moms, to hear constant crying. We are designed to come running to the rescue at any little squeak they make and it is hard to get past that.
When is the best time of day for a newborn photo session?
My in-home studio is fully lit with continuous light soft boxes, so I can do sessions even when it's totally dark outside. So in that way, it doesn't really matter. The most important thing is your baby's schedule.
Typically newborns are a little bit more fussy in the evenings, so try to see what your baby's schedule is and shoot to come during their sleepiest time. I also recommend bringing the baby in pajamas, zipper or button.
I had one baby who came in the evening and cried the entire time. We ended up having to schedule her back in when she was 2 weeks old for some more photos (she was also past that 5-10 day sweet spot). If you are worried about this happening with your baby just know that IT. IS. RARE. But life happens, right? You just have to roll with it. The parents still got great shots, even from the first session. I am very flexible and am more than happy to have my clients back for another session, if for some reason the first didn't work out.
So feel free to call me with questions, no matter how silly you might think they are. I am an open book and am here to service you!