They’ll tell you it’s too late.
The infamous ‘they’.
I believed it too when I started out. 4-12 days is the ideal range. It’s true.
Right around 12-14 days your baby will start to become a little more alert, possibly break out in ‘baby acne’ and begin to uncurl from their little fetal position.
But there’s a LOT of variables. Was your baby late? Early?
Maybe you had a hard time establishing feeding? Maybe you just missed the memo in amongst all the BAZILLION other things you were preoccupied with when the baby arrived? Maybe your birth was really tough and you needed some extra recovery time?
In my experience it is WAY more important that you and your baby are doing well. A stressed out mama most certainly means a stressed out baby and the energy in the room during these sessions is 1000 times more important than your baby being less than 12 days old. I know it sounds ‘hippy-dippy’, but these little teeny beings are very attuned to your energy Mama. It’s really all they know.
This darling girl was 28 days old at her session. Mom and dad wanted a lot of family shots so it was perfect. She was happy to be held and we got a lot of beautiful shots. Mom and dad were SO lovely and I LOVED that her dad squealed at least a dozen times during her session. I’ve never seen a more proud father!
So no mom guilt here. You have enough to worry about. Let’s just make sure you get some special photos of this amazing time!
While I won’t turn you away for being ‘too late’ I can only accommodate a handful of newborn sessions per month due to the unpredictability of their arrival. So it’s never really too early to book your newborn session either!
Grinning Weasel is Cheryl Voigt, a Squamish based photographer specializing in maternity, newborn and family portraits.