Newport Beach Newborn Photographer || When to schedule a newborn photos and why?

One of the most common questions I get is when to schedule a newborn session. “Is my baby too old?” “Is my baby to young?” “Why do we need to do the session when baby is so young?” A lot of photographers will only do a newborn session with baby’s only 2 weeks or younger. There are reasons why we choose specific ages. As a Newport Beach Newborn Photographer, I am more flexible. I’ll explain the reasons behind each age now.

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Under two weeks old - Brand new baby’s two weeks or younger, fall asleep much easier than older more alert baby’s. Around two weeks old, they come out of the newborn fog and become much more alert and wide eyed. Around 14 days old, babies also start getting baby acne. We can alway photoshop it out but just another reason by Newborn Photographers love to photograph babies so young. Personally my favorite age is 8-9 days old. For me thats the sweet spot!

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Two weeks - six weeks - Babies older than two weeks are still considered a newborn and you should still capture their tininess. Believe me two weeks old is still so little in the grand scheme of things. However with an older baby you’ll get more awake images, we most likely won’t get those sleepy super posed images. If thats something you want, definitely try to schedule for a younger age. On the other hand, if you’re interested in more of a lifestyle session, age won’t really matter. Around six weeks, colic starts to show up if it’s going to so I typically suggest we try to get in before that but even colicky babies can be soothed.

It all just depends on the images you envision. That’s why consultations are key. Even on the phone, I always suggest having a chat with your photographer before booking anything to ensure you’re both on the same page about your goals for the final images. My consultations are free and I can even come to your home!

Newport Beach Newborn Photographer

Poppy Lea Photography is a motherhood photographer in Orange County who specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood sessions and family photography in the Orange County area, including San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa.

This will give you a glimpse into what you will receive when you commission me as your maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood or family Photographer in Orange County. If you would like to see what an entire gallery looks like, please don’t hesitate to ask. My favorites are posted here, but all of the images you receive are worthy of being in a frame or an album!

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I find such joy in capturing a family’s story and would be honored to help you tell yours!

XO- Laurel