The Best Time to do Newborn Photography

In this blog post, we’ll explore the best time to capture those precious moments and the benefits of photographing newborns at different ages. So grab your camera and let’s dive in!

Part 1: Within the First 21 Days

The Sweet Spot When it comes to newborn photography, the first 21 days after birth are often considered the sweet spot. Why, you ask? Here are some reasons:

  1. Sleepy and Curly: Newborns are usually sleepier and more curled up during the early days. This makes it easier to capture those adorable and peaceful sleeping poses, creating heartwarming memories.
  2. Flexibility: Babies are more flexible in their first few weeks, allowing photographers to gently pose them in cute positions. Those tiny hands and feet are just too precious to miss!
  3. Freshness and Fragility: Newborns change quickly, and capturing their fresh and delicate features in the first three weeks helps freeze those early moments forever.
  4. For optiomal timing we suggest capturing newborns within the first 14 days as during this period, babies are typically more sleepier, more flexible, and easier to pose. After 14 days, I find some babies go through growth spurts where they can take longer to settle or sleep times are reduced but it is certainly still very achievable.

Part 2: A Bit Older, But Still Adorable

Around 8 Weeks Now, let’s talk about photographing babies around 8 weeks old. Although it’s a bit different from the earlier stage, there are still benefits to consider:

  1. Curious and Alert: As babies grow older, they become more awake, curious, and expressive. This means you’ll capture more photos of your baby with their eyes open, showing off their unique personality.
  2. Developing Interaction: Around 8 weeks, babies start to engage more with their surroundings and smile. You’ll get those heart-melting grins and glimpses of their developing personalities.
  3. Precious Milestones: By this age, babies might start lifting their heads during tummy time or discovering their hands and feet. Photographing these milestones adds a touch of charm to your collection.
  4. Babies at 8 weeks or earlier can still be easily swaddled and settle into a recreated womb-like sensation, making it possible to capture adorable sleeping shots. Their natural inclination to curl up and the soothing effects of swaddling can help create those precious, peaceful moments that are perfect for newborn photography. During Covid lockdowns I captures many baby at the 8-week mark simply because there was no choice. The parents were thrilled with their session all the same.

8 week old baby pictured above

Conclusion: Whether you choose to capture your newborn’s first moments within the first 21 days or a bit later, each stage offers its own magical moments to treasure. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun, be patient, and create everlasting memories of your little bundle of joy.

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Meet Jess, a passionate newborn photographer based in country Victoria, Australia. Having experienced the challenges of learning photography while caring for a newborn herself, Jess empathizes with overwhelmed parents.

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Whether you’re a parent wanting to document your newborn’s precious moments or a photographer seeking to enhance your skills, Jess is here to guide you on this beautiful journey.

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    It's Jess, your go-to newborn photographer, and today let's chat about one of those adorable quirks that often steal the spotlight during our newborn sessions – hiccups!


    Ever wondered why those tiny, hiccupping symphonies happen? Well, fear not; I've got the inside scoop for you!


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    1. Baby's Superpower: Developing Diaphragm

    Newborns are like little superheroes in training, and their hiccups are a sign that their diaphragm, the muscle responsible for breathing, is flexing and getting stronger. It's like their own mini gym session, preparing them for those hearty belly laughs and future superhero feats.



    2. Gastrointestinal Adventure

    Sometimes, those cute hiccups are just a part of your baby's digestive journey. Their tiny tummies are navigating the ins and outs of processing milk, and hiccups can be a natural outcome of this gastrointestinal adventure.



    3. The Learning Curve

    Just like we stumble while learning to walk, newborns might hiccup as they figure out the whole breathing-and-swallowing coordination dance. It's all part of the learning curve, and trust me, they'll be mastering it like pros in no time!



    4. The Calming Effect

    Believe it or not, hiccups can actually have a calming effect on your little one. It's like a rhythmic lullaby, creating a soothing pattern that might even help them drift off to sleep. Ah, the magic of baby hiccups!

    So, the next time your precious bundle of joy breaks into a hiccuping melody during our photoshoot, know that it's just another note in the beautiful symphony of babyhood. 🎶



    Common Questions about hiccups:


    How do I stop my baby's hiccups?

    To ease your baby's hiccups, try gentle burping, offering a pacifier, or letting them suck on a small feed. Patience is key; hiccups often resolve on their own.


    Do hiccups mean the baby is OK?

    Yes, hiccups are usually harmless and common in newborns. They often signify a developing nervous system and are not typically a cause for concern.


    Why does my baby hiccup for no reason?

    Newborns hiccup frequently, and sometimes seemingly without cause. It's a normal part of their development, linked to the maturation of the diaphragm and respiratory system.


    What is the purpose of hiccups in infants?

    Hiccups in infants serve a developmental purpose, helping to strengthen the diaphragm and respiratory muscles. While their exact function isn't fully understood, they're considered a natural part of a baby's growth.


    Should you sit the baby up with hiccups?

    While it's not necessary, you can try holding your baby upright or allowing them to suck on a pacifier. However, most hiccups will resolve on their own without intervention.


    How long should newborn hiccups last?

    Newborn hiccups are typically short-lived and can last anywhere from a few minutes to around 20 minutes. If they persist for longer periods, it's always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician.


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