Before I get to the tips, I want to preface this by saying just how much I love and enjoy motherhood. When Joshua, my oldest, was born and at only 20 years-old I was scared, but in that cool December morning I was on top of the world. Nothing compares to the feeling a first time mom experiences when her baby arrives.
To say that I love newborns is an understatement. These sleepy little souls with tiny wrinkles are perfection and the true meaning and purpose of life. I sometimes find myself in a wave of sadness just thinking that my little babies will one day leave the nest. These thoughts are what help me get better at being present and remind me to capture the little glimpses of personalities that we see along the way.
I record my memories in albums and every time I opened them, they fill me with joy and bring me back to that very moment. This is why I do what I do, because I want you to remember this time in your life and reminisce just as I do when I open the pages and travel back in time.
So now that I’m done with my ranting; I want to give you some tips for a successful newborn session. This will be an ongoing series on the blog; for now, I will start with the first two:
- THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM. Book your session early! I’m not saying this for my benefit or the benefit of your photographer, even though I would love to have you as a client, I’m saying this because photographers get booked in advance and most newborn sessions occur during the first two weeks of the baby’s life. This leaves very little time for a photographer that is already booked to schedule you in. If your session was previous scheduled with a tentative date, the photographer is aware and knows the amount of sessions they can schedule around your due date.
- THE EARLIER THE BETTER. If possible, schedule your session when your baby is between 3-7 days old. This time is when they are the sleepiest and stay curled up just as they were in the womb. After around two weeks, they start stretching and the curl pose that came natural to them starts to change
That’s it for now – can’t wait to share more. Next week I’ll be talking about natural light, outdoor sessions, and bringing on the heat…