Newborn Guide – When is the best time for a newborn session?

Do you know the best time for newborn portraits?

If you are still pregnant, perfect, keep reading to find out why.

Newborn portrait in basket

The first 2 weeks of babies life is the best time for newborn portraits, so if you are still pregnant, that’s great. You’ve got time to book in

But why is the first 2 weeks the best? Well there are a few reasons for this…

Newborn baby curled up in Dad's arms

    1. They will never be this small again! Yep, they are only going to get bigger from here on in. They will continue to grow and change everyday until one day they will fly the nest. While they are this small, it is such a great time to capture all those little details, their hand, their feet, their eyes and those little smiles. They can just fit in you hands and are so small and vulnerable.

Ten little newborn toes wrapped up

  1. They sleep more – Now every newborn baby is different but for the most part, those first few weeks, your baby will sleep more than any other time. They have very little awake time, so for those of you who want the curled up sleeping newborn portraits, this is the perfect time. They are on a cycle of eat, sleep, eat, sleep. Does that mean we don’t get any photos with eyes open? Of course not! I try to get awake and asleep photos at every session however every baby is different and they set the rules!

Newborn baby girl portrait with a little crown

  1. Milk pimples and skin irritations – For some reason, around day 14, they can often break out in a little rash or come out in ‘milk pimples’. These are not a problem of course, you can choose to leave them or we can edit them out but those first days they are much less likely to break out. For our video content however, milk pimples cannot be edited out.

Newborn baby portrait asleep in a bucket

  1. Partners are off work – With paid paternity leave these days, not only is it best for baby to have the newborn session in the first few weeks, but it is also great for parents. Partners are often home which means that the whole family can be included in the session. I know parents are tired but I think it so important to have a family photograph in those first few weeks. Having a photo with you baby shows just how small they are (compared to you) and also as children grow, they will love seeing family photos of all of you! They don’t see the bags, the wrinkles or the extra weight you don’t like, they just see you.
    Newborn family portrait with mum, dad and bub

So then, what happens if baby is already older than 2 weeks?

Life happens, I get it! One minute your planning your baby shower and the next thing you know bub has arrived and you haven’t booked in yet for your portraits. If you have already missed the first 2 weeks, that’s ok! For BAC Photography, this is no problem. Just because the best time for curled up sleepy newborn portraits is the first 2 weeks, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t book in if your baby is 3 weeks or more. We will still get beautiful photos of your baby whether they are awake or asleep or whether they are 2 weeks old or 10 weeks old. In fact I do have a few clients who wait until they are around 12 weeks as at this time they have just started with some facial expressions. They can smile a little and often have wide inquisitive eyes.

newborn baby boy looking with wide eyes

What happens if my baby is premature and in hospital for more than 2 weeks?

No need to panic, if your baby is premature, we can still book in for portraits once you leave hospital. My twin boys were born at 35 weeks and spent 2 weeks in special care nursery.

Premie babies, because they have come early, often still sleep more past the regular 2 weeks, so we will hopefully still get some sleeping newborn photos for you. It will all depend on the baby. But remember, even if they decide to stay awake the whole session, so long as they are content, we will still get beautiful photos of them with their eyes open.

Posed Newborn Twins asleep in a basket together

Basically whether you are pregnant or you have already had baby, it is never too late to book in with BAC Photography. If you have already had your bub, we will do our best to schedule you in as soon as you get in touch however it is safer to book in while still pregnant and secure a session to capture the most amazing time of your life!

What about maternity portraits?

If you are still pregnant, then we can book you in for both your maternity and newborn portrait and you can have some stunning images to keep of this amazing transformational time

smiling maternity portrait with cream gown


Want to find out more?

For our Newborn Gallery, please click here. 

For our Maternity Gallery, please click here.

To find out more about our session, check out our Newborn Client Guide here.