Your baby’s sweet little fingers, their tiny feet in your hands, their first look into your eyes, and your first family photo. Newborn photos are a family heirloom that you’ll cherish forever. These priceless images will capture a fleeting time in your baby’s new life that can never be replicated. These little ones just change and grow so fast! Each day will bring a new adventure, and they won’t stay in that newborn stage for long.
Having photos of your newborn will allow your family and even your baby (when they’re grown) to revisit those earliest days. The reason I absolutely love being a newborn photographer is that I get to help families — AKA my amazing clients — preserve this incredible moment in their lives. Regardless of whether you’re welcoming your very first child or adding even more joy to your family, newborn photography is a great idea and I’d love to help.
The best time to book with a newborn photographer is in the second trimester of your pregnancy. To some people, this can feel surprising! I get it. It sounds really early, but here’s the reasoning behind it.
There are only so many newborn photographers in Portland, Oregon (or in any city for that matter). Just think of how many babies are being born each week, or each day. Newborn photography is in high demand and schedules fill up fast.
For me personally, I try to limit my bookings to just four (or fewer) families per month. This helps me do a few things:
Generally, searching for and booking with a photographer in your second trimester is the way to go. But what if you’re already passed that window? Don’t worry! You’re totally fine. Please get in touch right away and I can let you know if I’ll have availability around your due date.
If you’ve also been giving thought to having maternity photos taken, scheduling your maternity and newborn photo session at the same time is a fantastic idea! Here are a few reasons to think about booking these two important dates at the same time.
Short Answer: Between 7 and 10 days old!
Long Answer: The absolute best time to take photos of your newborn is near the beginning of their second week when they’re between 7 and 10 days old. Why is that? At that age, your baby is still very sleepy (adorable), tiny (aww), and flexible (a must-have for the classic newborn poses you’ve been seeing). Another consideration is that after that second week, many babies will begin cluster feeding. Aside from being a new challenge for parents to tackle, cluster feeding will often reduce the number of cute poses and setups that we can cover during your newborn’s first photo shoot.
All that said, it’s always better a little later than never! Scheduling newborn photos on days 14, 18, or 21 is much better than missing this once-in-a-lifetime photo op. The photos will be just as special and you’ll cherish them just as much; we’ll just change up which poses and newborn props I use to support all the ways in which your newborn is growing.
To give you an idea of what to expect, here’s what a basic timeline might look like once a client books with me:
First of all, congratulations! Second, please get in touch right away! I still may be able to do a phone consultation with you. If you feel like I’m a great fit for you and your family, get you booked and on my newborn photography schedule.
My newborn photo sessions are all held in my intimate and cozy home studio in Southeast Portland. I’m just east of Sellwood off of Johnson Creek and SE 36th. My studio is designed from the ground up to be absolutely perfect for capturing beautiful, timeless, and joy-filled photos. My lounge area is also a pretty great place for “sleep-challenged” new parents to take a much-needed break while I take care of your baby for a few hours.
While I’m primarily a studio photographer (when it comes to newborns), I can also offer families special packages that include a “lifestyle” newborn session in their home as well. However, I don’t offer standalone lifestyle sessions.
The next step from here would be to get in touch and set up a free in-person consultation. Having a pre-session consult with any potential photographer is key. This is an important decision and a big investment, and you want to make sure you love the photographer you end up working with! That’s why giving my clients the chance to meet me, see my studio, and go over all their questions before booking is so important to me. During your complimentary consultation appointment, we’ll spend a full hour getting to know each other, talking all about newborn photography, and I’ll answer any and all questions you may have. I’ll also:
Having you come in for a consultation appointment also gives me a great foundation from which to design a world-class photography experience. It’s a crucial part of how I serve my clients well.
If you decide to book at that time, you’ll pay a creative fee, you’ll get your welcome packet, and you’ll officially get on my schedule for newborn photos.
I can’t wait to meet you!