Newborn photography – why it’s ideal in the first 14 days
Many people call me after they’ve had their baby and have settled in at home and have spent some time with their new arrival thinking it might be a good time to start thinking about some newborn shots.
As a professional newborn photographer working in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Wales, if I have availability – of course I can help! But strictly speaking, newborn photography actually means capturing the precious moments in the first 14 days of your baby’s life.
Of course, anyone who has had a baby will know that the first few weeks are literally a whirligig of emotions, hormones, reversed day to night and trying to get your head round the fact you now have a little one it tow.
This is why, I recommend provisionally booking your newborn photoshoot before you have the baby. Again, everyone knows that due dates aren’t worth the paper they’re written on and it’s actually incredibly normal for your baby to be born within a five week period surrounding your due date – only 5 per cent of babies are actually born ‘on time’.
But being a mum of two myself, I understand all this and endeavour to be incredibly flexible around this time to accommodate you and move the photoshoot accordingly.
The reason we aim for the first 14 days is because of the baby’s state during this time. They are far sleepier and will naturally spend very little time awake between feeds, using their time to either eat or sleep. Newborn photo shoots are all about the sleepy, dreamy poses and the relaxed state of your baby means that I can safely handle them and get them into those cute positions.
While there is no official training out there for newborn photographers, rest assured I have done everything I can to ensure that I am the very top of my game in this area and have trained with some UKs of the foremost photographer’s in this area to ensure that I know how to safely hold and position your baby, even if they are slightly premature. I would advise anyone looking for a newborn photographer to ensure the person they choose is as qualified and experienced as possible.
Together, we will discuss the poses you would most like to see your baby in and I have a variety of different props, blankets and backdrops, and you can of course bring any items special to you.
I keep the studio warm and use ‘womb music’ and other sounds/white noise to help keep your baby nice and relaxed and comfortable in their birthday suit and you can relax and enjoy a cup of tea while I gently and comfortably put your sleeping baby into some adorable poses.
After 14 days, you’ll find your baby starts to become more alert and spends longer with their eyes open exploring the world around them. So whilst I can certainly still take photos of your little one, at any time, we advise the first two weeks for the really dreamy, sleepy shots.
To discuss any aspect of maternity, newborn, baby or lifestyle photography, don’t hesitate to give me a call.