5 things to know about your newborn photo session

December 19, 2022

Ready to book your newborn portraits? If this is your first baby, you probably have many questions. I’ve been a newborn photographer in Los Angeles for nearly a decade and have heard them all, so I’ve compiled a list of the questions I get most. Here are five things to know about your newborn photo session.

The ideal time to book your newborn photo session

Wondering when you should book your newborn portraits? The best time to book your session is during your second trimester. This will ensure that your photographer has room for you in their schedule, give you time to book a maternity session if you’d like, and help you avoid any last-minute stress. 

newborn baby in swaddle

The best age to photograph your newborn

The best time to photograph your newborn might be earlier than you think! If you want the sleepy, curly newborn portraits you see in my portfolio, the best time to photograph your newborn is in the first two weeks. I usually schedule my newborn photo shoots between 6 and 12 days of baby’s birth.

newborn baby in swaddle - arms and feet

Here’s how long a newborn session takes

Curious to know how long your newborn session will take? Newborn sessions typically take between 2 and 3 hours. We won’t be photographing your baby all that time, though. You can expect a few breaks to feed, change, or cuddle baby during your session. I like to take things easy, so no one feels rushed or stressed. If we’re photographing twins or baby has siblings, we’ll definitely be creeping up on the 3-hour mark!

Twin newborn sleeping

How to prepare for your newborn session

Preparing for your newborn photo session is pretty simple. There are a few little things to do that will make a big difference in your final images. It’s a lot to pack into one paragraph, so have a look at this blog post, which details how to prepare for your newborn session

newborn hand holding parent finger

What to wear for your newborn session

The most common question I hear is, “what do I wear for my newborn’s photo session?” Most clients borrow something from the studio wardrobe collection full of comfortable and flattering dresses. If you’re shopping for something on your own, I recommend wearing something comfortable like a dress or flowy top, sticking to lighter colors, and avoiding any bold patterns. Remember to keep embellishments to a minimum since you’ll be holding baby close.

Newborn in moms arms


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