Let’s get into debunking that 14 day rule for newborn photography. When looking for a photographer to take portraits of your first little bundle of joy. You might see a common theme that newborns must be under 14 days old or even 10 days old. This is especially for POSED newborn photography. This is where they position baby in an adorable prop or intricate position with beautiful backdrops.
Clients tell me all the time they want to capture this stage in their lives before their baby grows. They would like these images captured while they’re still tiny and new, to commemorate this huge milestone in their families lives. Also, how it’s so wonderful to reference back to these portraits every day on their walls once they grow a little bigger. That being said, they want to capture this age as soon as possible.
The reason behind these dates is because babies are born with nearly 300 ‘bones and cartilage pieces’, while a full-grown adult has only 206. After the 2 week (14 days) mark, the bones and cartilage start to fuse together into calcified bone and make it much harder for them to be moulded into the womb like position we adore. Keep in mind, every baby grows differently and some may still love to be in that curly position.
I recommend to schedule any newborn session after 3-5 days to give moms and dad’s time to adjust, especially in making sure baby is getting the right amount of milk. Besides that, I’d love to photograph your newborn at any age! As a newborn photographer who specializes in natural newborn poses, we can have your newborn portraits done up to 5 or 6 weeks! What this means is, I don’t use props and poses that come unnatural for baby. During your newborn session, most of your portraits show how little baby is in your own arms. Then we would end your session with a few shots of baby alone. Wrapped up or sprawled out with me gently guiding them into positions THEY’RE most comfortable with.
I always tell my clients I can tell what type of sleeper they will be, just by listening to them lead me into the poses they like. For instance, one of my favorite poses are when they hold their hands above their heads while they sleep. Not many babies will want to do that! Those parents come back to me laughing because they notice how much they love sleeping like that all the time. I, for one, am a side sleeper. What type of sleeper are you? Do your parents have any photos of you sleeping this way when you were a baby?
There can be some disadvantages when waiting. For instance, the older they are, the less posed they will be… and a few other reasons.
You can get more images of baby dressed in a special outfit and even some awake shots.
Older babies have more of that extra chub we all love in baby thighs and rolls.
You aren’t limited to a specific time. Which is great if you live in the Chicago area and are limited to a bright and beautiful day outside.
Usually both parents are home on maternity leave during the first two weeks.
You might not get baby fully asleep. After a certain age, their eyes become more open and aware of their surroundings. Which can also make a great portrait of baby staring at you or at the camera.
Keep in mind when having a boy, we want to ensure the best comfort for baby. Therefore, a newborn session with a baby boy will not be held until 6 days after his circumcision. It can be too uncomfortable for baby when we’re moving him in different wraps and positions during this healing process.
As you know, we can’t always have full control over how baby will be during their session. Every baby is different and want different things to help sooth them. In saying so, an experienced newborn photographer will take the time with each newborn to either get them in that sleepy state or work with baby being awake. It’s very normal for baby to not cooperate the first 45 minutes of our time together. However I do provide a detailed prep guide to help avoid this ‘un-soothing’ time. Giving you and your family more time creating these memories together.
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