Why Photograph Newborns in the First 2 Weeks? | Akron Newborn Photographer
You may have heard before or read on my site that the best time to photograph a newborn is within the first 14 days of life but not much in the way of an explanation as to why. So today I’m going to go over a few of the main reasons….
To start, newborn babies are born with nearly 300 bones. I know, I know – you learned in 5th grade we have 206 bones. Stay with me here. At birth, a baby has 300 bones – some made up completely of cartilage. Those little cartilage pieces after 2 weeks start to fuse into real calcified bone which makes it much harder for them to return to that in-the-womb position they’ve been in for the last 9 months. Because of this, it is much more comfortable for them to be molded into adorable curly poses while they still have the luxury of pure flexibility.
Don’t you just love those newborn images showing their perfectly creamy baby skin? That’s because baby acne doesn’t start until about week 2 and any jaundiced will start to subside after about 5-7 days. That means less color balancing and tweaking in Photoshop to remove blemishes, giving you that wonderful smooth complexion.
Another reason I like to schedule babies within the first 14 days is that newborns sleep a lot – typically up to 16 to 17 hours a day. Many of the poses I do require that baby be in a deep sleep so I can gently mold them into position. Older babies tend to be awake, or startle awake more easily and move their arms and legs which makes posing difficult.
All of that being said, every baby is different. I don’t recommend photographing babies any earlier than 5 days, especially for breastfeeding moms, in order to make sure baby has somewhat of a feeding schedule and has learned to latch correctly in order to get enough milk. I also won’t turn away any baby, even if they are older than that mystical magic timeframe. It takes a great photographer to be able to beautifully photograph newborns and babies. It takes an even greater and patient photographer to capture fussy babies, no matter the age. You can end up with a 5 day old baby that is fussy and wide awake or a 17 day old baby that sleeps like an angel. It all just depends on the baby. Age is just a number. Babies are never too old to be photographed. The posing and expectations may change, but regardless of the age, you will receive gorgeous images from the session for you to cherish forever.
While I will photograph a baby at almost any age, I still recommend you book as soon as possible in order to make sure you have the option of those sweet and curly poses.
If you are currently expecting, please contact me today to schedule your newborn session prior to birth to guarantee availability.