When's the best time to schedule newborn photos to be taken?

The best time to start thinking about scheduling a newborn session is while you're still pregnant. Some photographers have limited availability, so it's best to get in touch early on.

The best time to bring your new baby to be photographed is ideally the first 2 weeks after giving birth, but older is fine too. Those first couple of weeks babies tend to be more sleepy, so it's easier to capture those adorable poses and sleepy smiles. Of course you'll want to have images to remember every single brand new feature; those itty bitty toes and fingers, first sprouts of hair on their perfect little heads and just how tiny they are.

Every baby is different and will have their own schedule for when they're most settled and sleepy, so keep in mind, newborn sessions are usually much longer than a typical session. We have to allow for feedings, diaper changes, snuggles and more snuggles to keep baby happy. My newborn photo shoots range from 3-4 hours with four to five different looks and props.

I believe in being baby led, so lots of patience is involved and Mom is always close by for a quick cuddle!