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When to have your baby professionally photographed

When should I have my baby professionally Photographed?

I have people ask me this all the time. Here is what I tell them…

There are three milestones in the first year of your baby’s life. I will talk about that first milestone photo session here...

NEWBORNS- Before their newness is gone.

If you didn’t opt to document your pregnancy with maternity images, the first ideal session is when they are newborns. This is the time when everyone will see that first glimpse or the new person in their world. People will want to see that new baby and compare who they look like. Each side of the family will claim “He has the (insert last name) nose, or mouth, or hair. It’s fun to see who they look most alike. Grandparents will enjoy having amazing portraits to share with their friends.

Newborns are usually photographed in one of four ways:

post C-section
Grandpa's first glance...right after C-section Delivery

Birth Photography-This is baby’s very first photos, the moment they are born. The photographer comes to the hospital or home birth and documents labor, the family, and the actual birth and that first magical hour after your baby takes it’s first breath and the reaction of the family who welcomes them. These are very journalistic type images, nothing is posed.

Getting dressed to go home from Pardee Hospital

Fresh 48 Sessions- This is when the photographer comes to your hospital room and captures those fresh new photos. Baby is photographed in a hospital, so they will always have images of the first 48 hours of life. Details like foot printing, medical bracelets, ect can be captured. This is lifestyle photography meant to truly capture your baby right before they depart for home life.

Newborn Studio Session- Images are done within the first 2 weeks of life to capture the sleeping curled up images. After 2-3 weeks the newborns hormones begin to change resulting in newborn acne. Also, newborn just out of the womb is easier to mimic just like how they posed themselves in the womb. After a while, they start to stretch out and move around, and are more easily awakened. Plus, it is amazing how much they change in appearance after just a few weeks. The more posed and props images are usually done in a studio as that gives the most selection of different colors and props and allows the required space for those type images

One week old Newborn at JulsBuckman Studio

Proud Daddy with his baby girl

Lifestyle Newborn Session- Some parents opt to have a less posed, more lifestyle type images taken in their homes. These images can include baby’s nursery and capture their first home for all time. Since this type session does not require baby to be posed or in props, baby can be photographed within the first three weeks, or sometimes even later. Most moms want to do images as soon as possible to use for newborn announcements, and because babies grow and change fast! With older siblings, you will want to schedule your session within two weeks, while the older child is still enamored with their new sibling. That first excitement wanes quickly.

The next ideal time to photograph your baby is THE SITTER SESSION

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