One question I get asked all the time is, “what is the time to have my newborn photos done?” Well, the first 2 weeks of life are ideal but what if your baby decided to arrive early? Like, really early. The answer to that question would depend on your newborn’s weight, and how early they are born. Newborns should be photographed when they are at least 6-10 lbs in order to be able to mold them in those adorable poses. If your baby arrives earlier than what was expected you may want to wait until around the time of their due date or around 7-10lbs before getting your precious memories captured by a professional photographer.
My twins were born 2 months early and spent 1 month in the NICU and when they came home they were still only 5-6 lbs. I decided to take some time and wait a few more weeks for their newborn pictures. This helped them gain some weight but still have the ability to put them into those sweet poses that everyone loves. Once newborns get past a certain age and weight they don’t mold into the naked baby poses or wraps as easily.
If your newborn has arrived earlier than 2 weeks and has to spend some time in the NICU, let your photographer know. They should be able to work with you and give you a good timeline for what age is best to bring them into the studio. I’ve photographed newborns that were born extremely early and spent hundreds of days in the NICU and I’ve also photographed newborns who spent a week or so in the NICU. Each newborn is special and unique and we as photographers want you to have these photos to last a lifetime.