It’s a question I get all the time: “What are the best ages for portrait sessions during my baby’s first year?” My answer that it’s not ages necessarily, but stages that you’re looking to photography. Well, kind of. The very first stage is the newborn portrait session, which is best done within the first two weeks of a baby’s life. These newborn sweeties are still very sleepy and easily posed into curly, tucked-up poses that are specific to newborn portraits. I always warn parents to dress warmly for these newborn portrait sessions, because we crank the heat in the studio to keep the baby warm, sleepy and comfortable during these sessions. This is also a great time to capture some priceless “Mommy and Me” or “Daddy and Me” portraits as well. A lot of new moms will skip these pictures because they’re not happy with the way their bodies look during these early newborn days. I joke that I’m still trying to lose the last 5 pounds of baby weight myself, and my baby is 15. But you shouldn’t worry about the way your body looks during this newborn portrait session. I keep my portraits with mom and baby tightly cropped so we’re just seeing baby’s body snuggled against mom’s face.
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