How old should a baby be at their newborn baby photoshoot?

As a parent-to-be or new parent, you may be considering a newborn baby photoshoot.

You’ve seen sleeping baby portraits like these online and want similar photos of your own baby.  And why wouldn’t you?

But you may have been put off slightly, simply because you’ve been told that your baby must be only days or a week or so old at the time of their newborn baby photoshoot.

And for whatever reason, your baby is already older than this.

  • Perhaps you’ve only just begun considering newborn photography and your baby is already several weeks old?
  • Perhaps you hadn’t realised you needed to book in advance, so in the days that have passed while you try to find a photographer, your baby is now several weeks old?
  • Maybe there were complications at the birth or afterwards which has led you or the baby to have been in hospital for longer than expected, so you haven’t been able to get to a photographer’s studio in those early weeks?
  • Or maybe, you‘re just finding the whole experience of having a baby exhausting and overwhelming (you wouldn’t be alone on this one!) and just haven’t been able to get out of your PJ's let alone out of the house with the new baby?

You CAN still have a newborn baby photoshoot if your baby is older than 14 days

Whatever the reason for you not having had your newborn baby photoshoot yet, fear not!

I’m here today to tell you that there IS still time for a photographer to capture beautiful sleeping photos of your baby.

And yes, I mean, EVEN if they are more than a few weeks old.

Newborn photography for 'older' babies

Case in point. I had beautiful baby Piper in the studio recently who was far from a sleeping, curled up newborn. She was a chunky 13 weeks old.

She was a gorgeous girly and lovely to work with, although obviously was so much bigger and more alert than the newborn babies that I am usually photographing in my studio.

OK, it was more challenging for me perhaps.

With her not sleeping as much as a days-old newborn would, it was certainly a completely different experience for me as the photographer.

I needed to be able to position her a little differently to how I would a tiny newborn but was still able to get those super sleepy poses parents love. When I have an older newborn in the studio I love to get those giggles and smiles too for parents. As you can see, Piper was full of fun! 

Photography for children of all ages

I got some gorgeous portraits of baby Piper and am thrilled with the results. And, most importantly, so are her parents!  

She is not the first ‘older’ newborn baby I have photographed either.

No, in my six years as a newborn photographer I have worked with loads of babies who are considered ‘too old’ for newborn photography.

Can you believe that most newborn photographers consider babies 'too old' if they are over four weeks old? Crazy!

I am proud to be able to offer my services to clients whatever the age of their baby.

Rudy here is a bonny nine weeks old. Giggling and sleeping, even after a long car journey to me. 

Experienced newborn photographer

I guess that it comes down to experience.

I have six solid years of experience working with newborns and am confident that I can work with babies of any age.

But I also think that I am not afraid of a challenge, and don’t want to always go for the easy option.

Working with an older baby might be different to a typical newborn baby photoshoot, but the satisfaction of meeting the challenge and achieving results like these is extremely satisfying!

Book your newborn baby photoshoot today

The truth is, I love photographing babies of all ages. Take a look at my newborn and baby gallery here to see just a small selection of the portraits I have taken.

I am based in Dorset but regularly have clients travelling from London and across neighbouring counties, and even from abroad, to have their photos with me. So, if you haven’t found a photographer willing to do your newborn baby photoshoot, if your baby is more than a few weeks old, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me!

To book your session contact me on 07749 270431, email me at karenwiltshire@me.com or complete the contact form on my website.

Karen x


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