Morgantown, WV Newborn Photography
are traditionally taken within the first nine days after baby's arrival, according to a long-standing photography rule of thumb. This time frame is recommended because brand new babies are usually sleepier and thus easier to pose for pictures. Also, "baby acne" typically doesn't take off until after day nine-- so scheduling your newborn session within a few days of birth can potentially make for clearer skin in your baby's portraits.
In my opinion, though, The Nine Day Rule makes for a helpful guideline-- not a rule. If baby is struggling with gassiness or needing a little extra time to get breastfeeding figured out, then the first week may not be the best time for their first portraits. Additionally, many parents treasure images that showcase their newborn's big, bright eyes-- and those images are often better captured once baby is a few weeks old. The best plan for your newborn session depends on what YOU, the parents, are hoping for-- and on what your baby herself turns out to need.
For my mama and newborn portrait clients,
flexibility and client care are paramount to me-- in everything from my scheduling practices through baby's actual session.
You can go ahead and get on my books in your sixth or seventh month of pregnancy-- I highly recommend it, in fact, so your session can receive priority in my scheduling.
Then, once baby arrives, you simply get in touch with me to set the date of your session. We can discuss baby's temperament and eating/sleeping habits so far, and I will help you pick the ideal day and time for your session.
I've gone through all of it myself-- pregnancy, labor, delivery, and that wild newborn stage with all of its adjustments-- with each of my own four children, and I want to do everything possible to make sure that your newborn session with me is stress-free, relaxed, and enjoyable.