Newborns are best photographed under 2 weeks of age
Newborn photos are best photographed when they are between 5-14 days old. Saying that it doesn’t mean that you won’t get some beautiful newborn photos if your baby is older. A newborn baby is seen as a newborn up to the age of 8 weeks. I have achieved beautiful newborn photos at 6 and 8 weeks before. The reason that newborn photography is best achieved under 2 weeks is that they are a lot more flexible and sleepy at this time. When your baby is in your womb they are curled up so comfy and warm. We can imitate this during a newborn session. Also after 2 weeks your newborns bones start to harden more, this is why less poses can be achieved.
Photographed within 2 weeks
In general the rule for newborn photography is under 2 weeks as more poses can be achieved. I usually start a lot of my newborn sessions with the baby wrapped up as this makes them more sleepy. I then follow on from here with some props while wrapped to get a variety of photos. There are so many many different newborn poses that can be achieved but not every baby will feel comfortable in every pose. Even a 7 day old baby might not like the pose above in the photo. You can never predict how a session is going to go. Most babies love being wrapped up like the photo below as they are so warm and cosy.
Photographed over 2 weeks
When photographing a newborn over 2 weeks of age or a lot older about 6 weeks you have to adapt to them. They may not light being wrapped up as they are used to being more free. When I photograph older newborns I find it easier to use more props and not wrap them up as much. I have had a few very sleepy 4-6 week newborns though, it’s so unpredictable. The photos below were taken when the baby was about 6 weeks. She was awake for most of the session but then did fall asleep at the end.
At the end of her newborn session we managed to get some beautiful newborn photos of her asleep, posed in a prop. every baby has their own little personality and some are more sleepy than others. So the general rule is under 2 weeks for newborn photography but don’t let this put you off booking a newborn session if your baby is slightly older.
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