Congratulations on your precious bundle of joy! As a new mom, you're likely overwhelmed with joy, sleepless nights, and, of course, the endless stream of adorable baby pictures flooding your camera roll. If you're considering a professional newborn photoshoot, you've probably found yourself wondering, "When is the best time to capture those perfect moments?" Well, fear not, because we're here to spill the tea on the optimal timing for newborn photoshoots!

Before we dive into the specifics, let's address the burning question: why does timing matter when it comes to newborn photos? Newborns change rapidly during their first few weeks of life. They hit a growth spurt around two weeks of age (more on that in this blog post). Capturing those tiny toes, button noses, and delicate features is an art, and the ideal time frame for achieving those heart-melting shots is relatively short. In the world of newborn photography, timing is indeed everything. The sweet spot for capturing those squishy, sleepy poses is typically between 5 to 14 days after birth. During this period, babies are still in that curled-up, womb-like state, making it easier to capture those adorable, cozy shots.

We get it – being a new mom is a whirlwind, and establishing a routine with your little one takes time. However, prescheduling your newborn photoshoot so we can capture them within the first two weeks is crucial for achieving those timeless images. Here's a quick breakdown of why:

1. Sleepy and Moldable: Newborns are sleepier and more willing to be molded into those cute poses during the first two weeks. This ensures that your photographer can capture those adorable moments without causing discomfort to your precious one.

2. Baby Acne and Peeling: Around the 14-day mark, newborns may develop temporary skin conditions such as baby acne or peeling. Scheduling your photoshoot earlier helps avoid these common newborn skin issues, ensuring your baby looks picture-perfect.

3. Capture Tiny Features: Newborns change rapidly, and capturing their tiny fingers, toes, and features is easiest during the first two weeks when they are still in that delicate, miniature state.

Now that you know the importance of timing, here are some practical tips for planning your newborn photoshoot:

1. Pre-Book Your Session: It's advisable to book your session during second trimester to secure a spot during the golden window.

2. Be Flexible: Babies are unpredictable, and sometimes they have their own agenda. Be flexible with your schedule, and if possible, choose a photographer who is understanding and accommodating.

3. Communicate Preferences: Let your photographer know your preferences and any specific ideas you have in mind for the photoshoot. Clear communication ensures that you get the images you've been dreaming of.

The answer to the #1 question on newborn photoshoot schedules is clear: timing is everything! By scheduling your due date on our calendar in advance, we can guarantee a spot within the first two weeks. We can't wait to capture those precious moments that you'll cherish for a lifetime!



Samantha Ann Photo provides newborn photography in Swansboro, NC (Onslow County) for busy moms who want a stress-free and luxury portrait experience. Also offering family, maternity, and baby photography, our studio is located in the heart of Swansboro serving families from surrounding areas such as Jacksonville, NC, Hubert, Pelletier, Emerald Isle, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Havelock, and Morehead City.

We offer a high-end, full service experience including a pre-session consultation, exclusive access to our curated studio wardrobe, and same-day image viewing. Uniquely to us, our clients view their captures same day and can choose what best fits their family from an array of heirloom albums, custom wall galleries, and digital images are included with wall art purchases. If you are searching for a comfortable, safe experience with stunning heirlooms for your family, we can't wait to serve you!