Newborn Photo Shoot: Best Age and and Time

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What Is The Best Age For A Newborn Photo Shoot? /Brisbane Newborn Photographer

So you’d like to book a newborn photo shoot but have no idea how long that ‘newborn’ stage lasts exactly?! Some newborn photographers will put a two week or 10 day age limit on newborn photo sessions. I say there’s no reason why you can’t have baby’s newborn photo shoot up to around three or four weeks old. It’s never too late! Plus, life gets in the way. You may have had a bit of a stay in hospital after birth, and having a new baby at home is exhausting. Inviting a photographer round to take photos may be the last thing you feel like doing.

Fear not! Read on for my tips on the best age to have a newborn shoot. Plus how to book one when you have no idea what date baby will actually arrive. Let me put your mind at rest at how easy it is to have beautiful new family memories captured that will last a lifetime. Most parents really enjoy the experience, and it’s much more relaxing and stress-free than you might think!

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Babies Younger Than Two Weeks Old  (Where Possible!)

Typically, I do recommend scheduling your newborn baby photo shoot for around two weeks after your due date. The absolutely ideal time, for this newborn photographer at least, is between 7 and 10 days old. Babies at this age tend to be pretty chilled, curled up and sleepy still!

This age is great for capturing all those gorgeous curled-up sleeping shots, snuggles with parents, photos of baby feeding (if you want them) and close up shots of baby’s eyelashes, lips and feet. This is also a great time to capture some beautiful photos of baby with their siblings. Baby won’t be consciously smiling yet, but at even the earliest newborn photo shoots I’ve been known to capture at least one or two windy smiles!

A conversation on Mumsnet (font of all knowledge) suggests that only 5% of babies arrive on their due date. Around a third of the rest are likely to be early, and about two thirds arrive late. So it’s a pretty safe bet, with a first baby at least, that your little one won’t be in any huge rush to come out on time! So two weeks after your due date tends to work pretty well as a provisional date for your booking, given that baby is likely to be born a week or so late.

A quick note..

If you’re looking for a studio photographer* for your newborn photo shoot, the ideal age is more like 5-12 days and rarely older. Studio newborn photography tends to be more about posed shots of baby. Think curled up in a basket/hammock/bucket or posed like a frog… These poses can only be achieved before baby’s tiny bones fuse together and they’re still really curled up and ‘malleable’! This is absolutely my style of newborn photography. my galleries are adorable to watch and keep.

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Such a chilled baby boy
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Adorable Baby Gurnaaz 11 days old
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Cute baby Aaravjot at 24 days old, plenty of sleeping and wide awake shots from his photoshoot session
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Baby Fe’ alofani at 10 days old – in a bucket pose listening to the white noise!

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Older Babies

Babies older than two weeks are not quite so curled up and weeny any more! They also start to lose some of that gorgeous wrinkly skin and downy hair. Baby acne can appear from around two to three weeks old and cradle cap is common from a month or two old. Although none of these are reasons not to have your baby photographed, of course! (A very small amount of subtle retouching can work wonders on the odd bit of flaky skin or those little red spots).

Every baby is different and it is more than possible for an experienced newborn photographer to get amazing shots of your new baby at three or four weeks old. In fact, no matter how late you get round to it, a photo session with baby is always a super idea, but if you can it’s so lovely to get a few shots of your little one captured before they grow (super fast – you’ve been warned!) and are not so little any more.

Slightly older babies are likely to be more alert and aware of their surroundings. So photo sessions with older babies can result in more ‘eyes open’ shots than sleepy ones. Super cute! We’re also a bit more likely to be able to capture a few windy (or perhaps even real!) smiles at this stage.

Caesarean Births

If you know you’re  going to be having a caesarean (or end up having one), you may be worried that your photographer will have you moving around lots, lifting baby, or standing/sitting in awkward, uncomfortable or downright painful positions. My photo sessions however are totally parent- and baby-led. I can capture beautiful shots of you with your baby in whatever position is comfortable for you, whether sitting, propped up on pillows or standing.

Most parents are happy for me to move baby around for photos myself. Meaning that for shots of baby on their own you can just sit back with a cup of tea and watch the magic happen!I’ve photographed over a hundred newborn babies and am a mum myself, so your little one is in safe hands.

If you’ve had a caesarean and are experiencing a particularly difficult recovery, then do of course think about delaying your photo session for a couple of weeks. It can wait!

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Premature Births

For premature babies, I recommend planning the photo shoot around your baby’s adjusted age (that’s the age they would have been if born on their due date). So you’ll book baby’s photo shoot for around then, or a few weeks later. I allow up to 3 rather than 2 hours for photo shoots with premature babies, as they often suffer more with reflux and other issues, and can be harder to settle than other newborns.

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Best Age for a Newborn Photo Shoot

So what’s the best age for a newborn photo shoot? Where possible I recommend scheduling a session before baby is two weeks old. This is too capture him or her in all their wrinkly and scrunched-up newness. I’d also recommend ideally also scheduling a session for around 4 months. Again at 8 months and perhaps at a year old too. Babies never again change as quite such a rapid rate as they do in that magical (and exhausting!) first year. It makes a wonderful keepsake to have all that changing and growing captured on camera.

Lots of my baby photography clients have fine art books made with a selection of photos from baby’s first year – get in touch if you’d like more details on how to preserve your photos for future generations in this way.

Get in the photos yourselves!

Whenever you choose to have your newborn photo session, it’s really important to me to capture photos of the parent(s) with baby, along with any siblings or pets where possible! You may not feel particularly photogenic just weeks after giving birth, but believe me it would be such a shame to miss out on capturing those all-important shots of you with your baby that your little one will just love to look back on in years to come.

Mummy and me. Brisbane baby photography

Book Your Newborn Photo Shoot

To book your newborn photo shoot with me. Or for more info on how it all works, get in touch here:

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I’m based in the Marsden and shoots are available in Goldcoast and Brisbane wide. I also travel internationally a fair bit and like to photograph families as I go! Get in touch to check my availability. My shoot fees are inclusive of Brisbane travel.

Alternatively you can call me on 0404469763 or email

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