When to bring your little nugget in.
I recently decided to try my hand at newborn photography. A niche' all to itself, newborn photography can come with its challenges, and I was willing to face them head-on.
One of those challenges is, learning when the right time to shoot a newborn is. And the answer. Well, that depends on what type of photos you want.
If you want those cute sleepy and artistically posed photos, then the answer is: within the first week. This is when they are still too sleepy to care about what positions you put them in. And as long as they are fed and warm, they will sleep right through it.
At 2 weeks old, you may get a fighter. With most babies, you are still very possibly still within workable limits and He or she will sleep, but they may wake up every time you reposition them or refuse to keep both eyes shut. It doesn't mean it won't happen, it just takes a bit longer and you may get less to work with.
At 3-4 weeks, you are really pushing the boundaries of TOO old and will get photos with eyes open, and very limited positions.
So if you are wondering when to bring them to me, the answer will be based on what type of photos you want. I will work with whatever you prefer, but I cannot promise sleepy pictures if you passed the ages I listed above. I can promise cuteness overload...but even then, I can't promise smiles or cooperation. Babies are perfectly fickle and demanding and when given the chance will dictate how things go.
Also, as a side note if you are wanting something specific from me prop-wise, please let me know. As I mentioned, I just recently got into newborn photography, so I am still building my wardrobe and prop collection.