Morgantown, WV Newborn Photography

Morgantown Photographer Laura Priestley's Newborn Services, in Morgantown, Bridgeport, Parkersburg and Charleston
newborn baby boy in a brown moon bed by Morgantown Photographer Laura Priestley
newborn toes by Morgantown photographer Laura Priestley
Closeup of newborn boy's face by Morgantown photographer Laura Priestley

Newborn Portraits

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.


The Portraiture Gold Standard for North Central West Virginia

newborn boy swaddled and lying in a basket
beautiful blond mother holding her newborn daughter close
newborn baby girl looks at her mommy
new parents on their couch at home admire their newborn boy
Morgantown WV Newborn Photographer Laura Priestley Photography
newborn baby girl sleeps wrapped in a soft gauze blanket
Morgantown WV Newborn Photographer Laura Priestley Photography
new parents hold their newborn and kiss her cheeks
baby girl sleeping in a brown wooden moon with cream blankets
black and white of a newborn boy in a basket surrounded by stuffed animals
newborn baby girl swaddled in a raspberry colored wrap on a matching background
Morgantown WV Newborn Photographer Laura Priestley Photography
Morgantown WV Newborn Photographer Laura Priestley Photography
newborn baby boy cries as his mother changes him
Morgantown WV Newborn Photographer Laura Priestley Photography
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