When to schedule for maternity & newborn photography shoots
Over the next few posts I am going to try to answer questions the studio receives a lot and hopefully help make scheduling your maternity & newborn photography shoots easier. A few weeks ago we touched on why digital files suck and photographic prints are like sex. This week we’ll talk about when to schedule maternity sessions and newborn shoots.
How early is too early to book your maternity photography shoot?
It’s really never too early to book and start thinking about your maternity and newborn sessions. Those nine months of pregnancy go quickly so its great to have some time penciled in to capture your beautiful pregnant body early on. Once you decide on making photos then it’s time to figure out what date will be about your 30th week prego (give or take a few weeks). This time frame is nice, because you are beautiful and round, but still feeling good and comfortable. Later in the game things may become more challenging and poses may not be so comfortable in front of the camera. This week is nice too because you and your lover can still hug and kiss with out feeling like you’re on separate continents.
Don’t forget to schedule photos for the newborn
Once you have the maternity session worked out, that’s a great time to also just plan for the newborn session. Some photographers will offer discounts on booking joint sessions as well. The newborn session is best to work in around the 7-14th day after the due date, and about 3 months after the maternity session. If your baby is on time, maybe the following weekend or two would be a beautiful opportunity for some new family bonding at the studio. We always make that time super comfortable for mommy to relax and rest while we make a few images in that first few days after of sleepy baby’s arrival. Babies grow and change so much after just a few weeks, so it’s really nice to capture those brand new little lovers. They also do like to sleep a lot in the beginning which makes life really easy in front of the camera. As late as 3 months old will still ultimately be fine and might be the only option for some families.
If you did forget to schedule a newborn shoot…it’s not too late…
If things don’t work out in the first few weeks to schedule, sometimes waiting a few months is best. A nine month old baby is adorable too and once a little one can start sitting up on their own things will never be the same and that’s also a special time to preserve. Never worry you can always wait until later in the first year. Some studios offer packages for four sessions…maternity, newborn, nine month and 1 year. I would recommend something like this. That way you really capture all of the mile stones your sleep deprivation may prevent you from fully enjoying. Those moments captured in an album or few matching canvases will pull you through the toddler years with a fond memory of that simple sweet new baby smell.