Muswell Hill photography: What’s the best age for baby photography?
The different types of photoshoot and when’s the best time to do it
I’m often asked what’s the best age for baby photography? Should it be within 5 days of birth (yes, that soon), or should I wait until he’s actually awake a bit more and doing things, like rolling onto his tummy or attempting to crawl?
There’s no right and wrong answer here, you can pause time and capture some really amazing memories no matter how old your baby is. It depends how you feel and what you’re hoping to get out of the photos.
Below I outline the different types of photoshoot available so you can pick what feels right for you.
We’re so pleased we took the time to photograph our baby girl before she could walk. Louisa really managed to capture her true personality and these are the photos we’ll love forever.
A really popular time to get baby booked in for a photoshoot is right after birth. Especially, as every mum will know, those first few weeks with a newborn go by in a flash. You’re sort of in a baby fog and it’s hard to remember how tiny your baby actually is – so marking their little features so young is a great way to make tangible memories.
Typically, to get those dreamy, newborn sleepy shots, new babies are photographed between 5 and 12 days old.
This is because they’re still so sleepy and little that they can settle and feel happy in my lovely soft linen blankets, and drift off to a warm sleep while I photograph them. They barely even know I’m there!
A newborn shoot in my studio typically lasts a few hours, and is centred around Baby’s needs, from feeding and changing to cuddling and rocking. It’s a magical time and I’m privileged to be part of these moments.