Posted December 19, 2014 by Adam Hofmann

Are you pregnant and wondering when to schedule a newborn photoshoot? Don’t worry – even though this is a very common thing to think about, it’s a question that has some professional photographers scratching their heads as well. Since you (probably!) can’t tell your photographer your exact due date, they understand how tricky this process can be.

The Best Time to Schedule a Newborn Photoshoot

Newborn Photography by Bonnie J Heath

Many newborn photographers make room on their calendars by scheduling only one or two newborn sessions per week. A newborn photoshoot is often the only shoot a photographer will arrange for that particular day. Doing this means they can shift an “all day appointment” around. This way, they can change their client blocks if your baby comes a little bit early or is slightly overdue. It’s an approach that keeps scheduling simple and is perfect for mothers who aren’t planning an induction.

The Best Time to Schedule a Newborn Photoshoot

Newborn Photography by Jessica Marks

Begin by asking yourself how many days old you’d prefer your child to be when your session takes place. Most professionals recommend having your infant photographed before they are 10 days old. Since the first week of life is when infants sleep the most, this is the best week for capturing a peacefully slumbering baby. However, every baby is different, and your own energy levels may vary. If the thought of going to a studio with your infant as soon as you’re home from the hospital fills you with dread, ask your photographer about at-home sessions. On the other hand, if you’re the type of parent who gets anxious at the idea of inviting someone over to your home during this busy time, you may benefit from a studio session. In this case – or if you expect your energy levels to remain consistent after your child’s birth – you’ll be able to get your newborn’s photography session out of the way.

The Best Time to Schedule a Newborn Photoshoot

Infant Photography by Bonnie J Heath

You should begin looking for your photographer while you’re in your second trimester of pregnancy. By that point, you will have a more solid due date or an induction date. Begin your search for photographers by going online, talking to friends, and reading testimonials of professional newborn photographers in your area. Give yourself two weeks for this process. From there, schedule a meeting with your favorite photographer to see if they’re the right match for your family.

The Best Time to Schedule a Newborn Photoshoot

Newborn Photography by Ellie Kate

This is also a perfect time to decide on whether you’d like to also hire this photographer for your maternity photos. Maternity photos are often used for family history documenting, and lately, are associated with gender reveal announcements. Since these types of photos are newer and more experimental, there’s a good chance your newborn photographer will have a few different ideas and concepts to try for you and your partner.

The Best Time to Schedule a Newborn Photoshoot

Newborn Photography by Pam Singleton

Selecting your newborn photographer and scheduling your child’s first photoshoot are two tasks that should be done before your third trimester of pregnancy begins. You don’t want to spend those last few months worrying about things like photographers – and you don’t want to handle this process when you’re busy with a brand new baby, either!

About Adam Hofmann

Adam is the Head of Marketing for SmartShoot. He looks after all things content marketing, SEO, social media, customer acquisition and growth. When he's not geeking out at the office, he's off on adventures taking photographs of the world.

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