Why Do Newborn Photography Sessions When Baby is Under 2 Weeks Old?


I often get clients who are baffled that newborns need to be photographed under 2 weeks old. To them it seems odd, too soon or like torture after just having a new baby. While it can be hard to leave the house just after having a baby, I assure you it is for good reason. In order to get all the gorgeous images of babies delicately posed, sleeping in buckets or curled up in a womb-like pose, we need to do the photography session when baby is under two weeks old. This ensures that we get those beautiful images you see on my website. Why under two weeks old?

Your newborn has just emerged into a scary new world after spending 9 months curled up in the womb with warmth, motion and lots of noise inside. It was a super comfy place! When a newborn is first born they sleep many hours, I often have clients tell me about their struggles to wake their newborn when they are trying to feed them! Newborn sleep about 16- 18 hours a day! I often have dads ask me, “Why do they need to be asleep? Can’t you just photograph them awake?” I always try to get some awake shots of baby but there isn’t much variety we can get before baby gets antsy and starts crying. Their focus is a bit off when they are newborns so very rarely do you get shots of baby looking directly at the camera. The reason we photograph baby asleep is primarily for safety reasons, I would never put an awake baby in a bucket or in a pose. Newborns can be very strong and can easily kick themselves off something and baby must be safely supported at all times. While sleeping baby is flexible and happy, so we can put them in cute positions and safely spot them for photographs.

After three weeks I find it harder to get the more complex poses and colic soon begins. A session under two weeks old is generally less stressful for everyone so we can get beautiful images of baby! During a session I do everything (except feed baby of course) so parents get a chance to relax!

Newborn Photographers recommend photographing a newborn under 2 weeks old, it seems crazy when you’ve just given birth and are settling into life with a new baby. It can be a feat to leave the house at this stage so why on earth would you want to go to a photography studio and have your baby photographed at that age?

Well, after many years of photographing newborns I’ve come to recognise just how much they change week by week after they are born. We want to capture them when they are fresh, tiny and curly just like they were when first born. You want to remember their tiny toes, delicate eyelashes, their little back rolls, wispy soft hair and the way their curl naturally into a womb-like pose all on their own. By one month old they lose their womb-like curliness, are more awake (so we can’t get those adorable posed images), are spotty and often have bad colic. All of this does not make the easiest session!

In fact, doing the session under two weeks old actually helps us to have an easier session? How? Well, when baby is under two weeks old they are very sleepy as long as they are warm and full. This helps us to get the gorgeous bucket poses, nude poses and adorable swaddled images. Newborn babies love rides in the car as they lull them to sleep so long car rides and travelling aren’t a problem at all. Once you get to my studio you are able to feed baby and my studio is carefully planned out to accommodate newborns (as I specialise in newborn babies) by being very warm and having all the supplies you may have forgotten like nappies, wipes and nappie bags!