With all of the excitement and planning that comes with expecting a new baby, one thing that sometimes gets overlooked is booking a newborn session. From time to time, I receive requests for newborn sessions weeks before baby is due or even after baby is born. I absolutely try to accommodate these requests but do not always have availability. So when is the best time to book?

The best time to book your newborn session is during your 2nd or early 3rd trimester. I know this may seem very early but I typically book newborns 3-6 months prior to baby’s due date. I accept a limited number of newborns per month to accommodate Moms who may deliver early or late. Once you book, I will add your baby’s due date to my calendar guaranteeing time for your session within baby’s first 2 weeks of life, no matter when you deliver.

Another reason it is so important to book in advance is babies will usually only curl up in those sleepy “womb like” poses for a short time. Usually the first two weeks of life. After that window, babies are more alert and like to stretch out. Some babies will still fall into a deep sleep and curl up at 3 or 4 weeks old but chances are less likely. So, booking a newborn photographer during that time frame can be difficult if you’re trying to do it last minute.

That being said, I’ve photographed many “older” newborns. You can absolutely get a gorgeous gallery of photos at any age. So if you are late in booking, still reach out! Babies change so much in the first couple of months. So, try to get your little one photographed as early as possible, even if you’ve missed out on that 2-week window. You’ll be so happy you did!

Sophia Grace Photography specializes in Minimalist Newborn, Maternity, Children & Family Portrait photography. We are located in Southeastern Pennsylvania and cover Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Sessions are available, by request in Northeast Pennsylvania. Sophia Grace Photography currently offers full and mini sessions for newborn, maternity, children and family! Please contact me with any questions or to book your personalized session!