Tips on when to book your Maternity and Newborn Session
So you’re expecting…Congratulations!!! Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful things in the world. We are so incredibly happy for you! So many things running through your mind as you embark on this wonderful journey. Everything from how to books to DIY projects for your dream nursery. One thing I have noticed is that we get caught up in so many things at once that we actually wait too long to talk about maternity and newborn portraits. That was me- I remember when I was expecting, I had a Pinterest board of maternity and baby photos I wanted and I just kept pinning away and by the time I was at my baby shower I realized that I was 36 weeks and totally uncomfortable- no way was I going to let a stranger take my picture when I felt so crappy. Don’t even get me started on the newborn photos I thought I could totally do myself. Needless to say, I missed out on both of those and regret it all the time- especially after we decided we were not having any more children. Recently we have been getting several inquiries for maternity and newborn sessions right at the end of the pregnancy or days after the baby has been born and since we book out about 1-2 months ahead of time, I was sad that we were not able to help some of these sweet mamas due to our full schedule. So I decided I could try and give expectant moms a few tips to consider when thinking of maternity and newborn portraits. I hope some of these help you as these are some of the things we go over during our consultations.
So when is the best time to book portraits? For maternity sessions, you recommend booking in the second trimester, as we recommend portraits to be taken anywhere between 29-34 weeks. Of course, every pregnancy is different but I have noticed that after 32 weeks walking around a park or standing for more than 10 minutes at a time starts to become very uncomfortable. We want you to not only have gorgeous photos of this special time in your life but we also want you to have a meaningful and fun experience. Another thing to consider when booking maternity sessions are the seasons- well in San Antonio the weather is so unpredictable but if you are due in the summer months, you may want to consider booking your session early because we all know how brutal the heat can be here in San Antonio. Booking early also gives us time to get to know you and your personality, which will help us choose a great location for you. We can help you with outfit choices and try to make it as comfortable and fun for you as we can.
So what about the newborn session? I always say it’s never too early to book your newborn session, in fact, the earlier the better. We recently had a mama book her maternity/newborn session at 15 weeks- we were so excited and loved getting to this sweet family. Communication with your photographer is so very important. I know you might think its odd that a photographer is asking all these personal questions but they really do help with your session in the long run. Asking questions about your family, hobbies, nursery design, and even asking you to send us a quick text or email when you have your sweet baby may be odd but this helps us determine how to set up your newborn session. When we have months to plan, this gives us time to order new outfits, blankets, wraps, hats, bonnets and bows for your session. We love to make each session personal and always try to bring your vision of beautiful portraits to life. Booking in advance also helps us clear our schedule for you making it very
So what about the newborn session? I always say it’s never too early to book your newborn session, in fact, the earlier the better. We recently had a mama book her maternity/newborn session at 15 weeks- we were so excited and loved getting to this sweet family. Communication with your photographer is so very important. Newborn sessions are longer than normal sessions and require a lot of time, planning, and patience. I know you might think its odd that a photographer is asking all these personal questions but they really do help with your session in the long run. Asking questions about your family, hobbies, nursery design, and even asking you to send us a quick text or email when you have your sweet baby may be odd but this helps us determine how to set up your newborn session. When we have months to plan, this gives us time to order new outfits, blankets, wraps, hats, bonnets and bows for your session. We love to make each session personal and always try to bring your vision of beautiful portraits to life. Knowing about your family helps us plan out the order of family portraits, especially when younger siblings are involved. In the session above, this mama was worried about her younger children not wanting to cooperate for photos but I told her not to worry, we have a lot of experience with younger children and there was nothing to worry about. The photos of beautiful baby Reagan with her brother and sister are some of my very favorites. Booking in advance also helps us clear our schedule for you making it very convenient for you to have your session as soon as possible. That is especially helpful if you are wanting to add on a Fresh 48 session at the hospital. We want to make sure we are available to you as soon as your sweet one is welcomed to the world.
This leads us into probably the most important question- When are newborn portraits done? With the exception of the Fresh 48 (which is done at the hospital), the best time to photograph a newborn is between 5-10 days. Around day 10 babies start becoming more alert and it will be harder to pose in curly womb-like, sleepy positions. Of course, we will never say your baby is too old to photograph because new baby photos are better than none at all but we do inform you that there is no guarantee that we can get those sleepy curly poses we are accustomed to seeing although we will try our best. This is something that I have personal experience with as I waited until my son was a month old to even start thinking of photography- by that time he was already losing his newborn features and was definitely not into being put into a basket to photograph. It’s so true that they grow so fast and in a blink of an eye, they look so different. Another reason why it’s best to book your session early is because some photographers are booked months in advance. Booking early helps you find a photographer that you love and feel comfortable with, this ensures you get those beautiful heirloom images that will last a lifetime and that you will look back on and cherish forever.
The most important thing to remember is to relax. Becoming a new parent can be so overwhelming. With so much advice being thrown at you in all different directions, if you are thinking of having portraits done, I hope this post will encourage you to do some research early. Schedule a few consultations, whether it be via phone or in person, remember you are trusting your photographer with the most precious little thing in your life, you have to feel confident and comfortable with them. We hold all of our clients very dear to our hearts and in some instances, our clients have become great friends of ours. It’s very important to us to build lasting relationships with our clients and for this reason we only take a limited amount of sessions per month. Making our clients happy is our number 1 priority. Well, I hope that this post has helped shed a little light on Maternity, Fresh 48, and Newborn Portrait Sessions. If you have any other questions, feel free to send me an email as we are always happy to answer any questions you may have and if you are a photographer and have any other tips you may want to add please comment below as of course, everyone has slightly different techniques and styles that work best for them.
And now I leave you with a recent newborn session we did (that was actually booked last year – yay mom!) with sweet baby Reagan right before Valentine’s Day! We just had so much fun with this sweet baby girl, she was so alert throughout out the session and as soon as brother and sister got there, she fell fast asleep- that was a first for us. I am so happy mom and dad loved the photos, we are so honored to have been asked to capture these special memories.