FYI to expectant moms about newborn photos

posted 1 year ago in Babies
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Bee Keeper

Weird. When my godson was born (He’s 6 now) we didn’t have any trouble finding a newborn photographer (Remember, you can always go to a sears-like place that does family photos), and even when he was older, we had the pick of the litter.

Then again, it is nearing Christmas and I can see why people would be booking photographers to get christmas cards and such out, and this was in August for my experience with my godson, so months may have different traffic rates.

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Buzzing bee

I’ve heard it’s because newborns are much more “bendable” in the first couple of weeks, if that makes any sense.  Photographers are able to capture the really cute shots that are typical of newborn babies.  As they get older, their bones become stronger, and they can’t be posed in the same ways. 

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Honey bee

Yeah our photographer made it clear to us to book now for when she is young enough, plus with the holiday season she is booked. So, I am glad she said something!

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Helper bee

I was told that you ideally should have newborn photos done between the ages of 7 & 10 days.  Just incase anyone was looking for a timeline

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Blushing bee

Our hospital and many others in the greater Seattle area have on-site photographers that visit you before you leave and do a short photo shoot with your LO. You get to access the online photos for free and can order a CD or prints for what seemed to me standard pricing for pro photography. Hopefully this will be a trend that spreads to more hospitals! I’m sure the photography business makes bank, as pretty much everyone orders at least the CD or a print of their favorite shot and the photographers are just assigned to work at the hospital and do 20 minute photo shoots all day.

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Busy bee

Oh wow I never knew that! Thanks for the tip!

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Sugar bee

Same here my photographer said within 7-14 days old because they sleep more and easier to put them into all those cute positions!  But like someone else suggested go up to Sears or some place like that.  And our hospital had someone go around and take photos. Only thing with that is that they are 1-2 days old so some of the scratches, redness etc from labor/delivery is still there.

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Busy bee

There is never an age that is too old for photos, only too old for newborn photos unfortunately. The previous poster was correct, best time to do them is 7-10 days. We don’t do them past two weeks because they won’t sleep so you can pose them and won’t fit into a lot of our props (baskets, suits, tubs, toys etc.) that were all purchased to accommodate only a very small infant. 

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Helper bee

@roxy821:  Thanks for the info– I am due in May, but maybe I will start looking around at least at some options now.  

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Bumble Beekeeper

Thanks for the heads up! I’m 5 weeks from my due date and haven’t even thought much about it. I know the hospital we deliver at has a photographer you can use in the hours following birth but I like the idea of using my own! totally need to get the ball rolling on this one.

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Busy Beekeeper

i heard the same thing. i decided not to do newborn photos though because they are so damn expensive and my DH doesn’t like those style of photos. but when i was looking into maternity photographers, they all said the same thing about newborn photos – must be done within first 10 days!

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Sugar bee

i just booked mine and my LO is due January 24th :) im excited!

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Busy bee

@roxy821:  Who says a portrait session has to be one outfit on a backdrop? If it is you’re overpaying. Find a photographer who puts as much effort into their baby portait sessions as their newborns… 

I’m sure your daughter still feels very small to you. Mine is almost 5 months now and she still seems tiny, but the fact is she is probably bigger than you think. My daughter was born 5lbs 12oz an entire month premature and I waited 9 days to do her portraits and she was already too big for the pea pod suit my sister spent hours crocheting for her for the shoot!

Babies also get way more aware after four weeks and won’t tolerate us photographers bullying them into cute poses :P but yeah this was really nice of you to post for other expectant moms! Looks like you saved at least a few people a major disappointment!

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