If you talk to many newborn photographers, you may hear that the best time for newborn photos is within the first two weeks after birth. While this may be true for studio sessions or specific posed baby sessions, lifestyle newborn photography is much different.
Life happens, those first two weeks can easily get away from you. Or maybe even you had to spend extra time recovering or in the NICU. Whatever the reason, I promise you will love photos of your one month old’s newborn photos. It is not too late for newborn photos.
When you look back in one year (or twenty years), your child will seem so tiny.
It may seem like your baby has already grown and changed so much in the first month, and she probably has. Yet, she is still so small, so much a newborn. When you’re looking back at photos, you will not regret that you had photos done, even if it seems like it is “too late.”
You will feel more recovered and settled at home.
Those first couple of weeks, while magical are a blur. Your body is recovering, you may be trying to get the hang of breast feeding, and your toddlers may be learning to adjust to life with a sibling. These things alone can make those weeks fly by before you have had a chance to have newborn photos done. But as you reach a month old you may feel a little more settled, a little more put together, and maybe even have lost that extra fluid the hospital pumped into you during delivery. (I was a balloon after one of my baby’s as I had to have so many bags of fluid!).
Lifestyle newborn sessions does not “pose” your baby in ways that require a sleeping baby.
As your baby reaches a few weeks to a month old, she is starting to be awake for longer stretches of time. Whether your baby sleeps or is awake the entire session, you will get beautiful photos of this stage. Lifestyle sessions allow baby to unfold however she is most comfortable. We also use mom, dad, and siblings for plenty of snuggling.
Your baby may even smile.
As the reflex smile begins to disappear from the tiny newborn a real smile may start to appear and your baby responds to her surroundings. What an extra perk of waiting a little longer.
I hope you do not let the fact that your baby is “too old” for newborn photos stop you from having this time documented. I am always one to say that you will never regret that photos you have taken, but you will regret the photos you don’t do.
Whether you’re expecting and looking for your newborn session or baby is here, contact me to get your family photographed with your newborn baby. (See below for a few more favorites from this sweet baby girls’s newborn photo session, done at one month old).