When is the Best Time to Take Maternity, Baby And Family Photos?

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Taking professional family photos is a great way to capture memories that you and your family can look back on for years to come. Whether you’re taking photos of your newborn baby, celebrating a milestone in your child’s life, or just wanting to take some quality pictures of your growing family, it’s important to pick the perfect time for a photoshoot. I specialise in maternity, baby and family photography, so I thought what better time than now to explain when the best age is for professional photos! 

Maternity Photoshoots: For Expecting MUms (34-37 weeks)

If you’re expecting, there’s no better time than now to document your growing baby bump! As soon as you enter your third trimester, usually between 34-37 weeks, schedule a maternity photoshoot! This is the perfect time to capture those special moments before your baby arrives. Plus, you can use these photos in unique ways like announcements or personalised gifts for relatives. Take a look through some of my recent maternity shoots for some location inspiration.

Newborn Photoshoots: FOR NEWBORN BABIES (1-4 weeks)

Newborn photoshoots are perfect for capturing those precious first moments with your little one. The best time for these types of shoots are within the first 4 weeks of giving birth. As babies tend to sleep more soundly during this period we can capture all those precious details like little toes and button noses before they grow any bigger. 

In the first two weeks your baby will be sleeping most of the time, easy to calm and not all that fussy. It is an ideal time for the first photo shoot. From 2-4 weeks, your little one will start to look slightly more alert and you are more likely to capture sweet or funny little facial expressions like a yawn or burp. Baby is still calm and quiet at this stage meaning that it should still be an easy photo session. Plus, there is nothing sweeter than including older siblings in newborn photoshoots—the possibilities are endless!

However, if your newborn is having an off day and is being fussy, I’m happy to reschedule your appointment!

Tiny Baby PHOTOSHOOTS: FOR YOUNG BABIES (3-4 months)

Doing a tiny baby photoshoot is great if you missed capturing their first few weeks after they were born but still want to capture newborn-like images. At around 3-4 months old, babies become more aware of their surroundings and interact more with their parents during photoshoots. They are also smiling and have mastered a few more expressions at this age.

These types of shoots allow us to focus on getting beautiful closeups of their little features while they’re still very young but also much more awake than a newborn would be. And if it’s a warm day I love heading outdoors, grabbing a blanket and setting those tiny toes free!

Baby PHOTOSHOOTS: For growing babies (6+ months)

Your 6 month old is a photographer’s dream. Baby is smiling, laughing and making all sorts of funny faces as he or she begins to explore the world. They are also sitting up and crawling around which makes for many more fun shots. Those chubby cheeks and the additional hair growth are just adorable. First teeth may also have started making an appearance. There’s nothing quite as cute as a baby smiling with those two perfectly white little teeth popping out.

Capturing all the developmental milestones since the newborn photo’s were taken is the aim including messy hands and faces as they explore the world. I love outdoor shoots at this age now that baby is more mobile.

Toddler Photoshoots: For Young Children (1-3 years)

Once your little one gets older and starts expressing their own personality through different expressions and poses, then it may be time for a toddler photoshoot! Kids at this age love being photographed as they start showing off who they are becoming.

That first birthday marks some significant developmental changes for most babies. They are probably starting to take their first steps around this time (even if it is with some assistance). Toddlers are full of fun and incredibly active (as most tired mum’s will know) which results in photoshoots that are filled with laughter and joy.

Remember to schedule a time of day for the shoot when your toddler is active and not tired or grumpy after just waking up. An overtired, overexcited or grumpy toddler can make a photo shoot challenging. Also, keep in mind that toddlers reach milestones at different ages. So if you want to capture those tentative steps as they are learning to walk, you may need to reschedule an existing session or keep your diary open.

Child Photoshoots: For Older Children (4+ years)

Your toddler officially becomes a child on their fourth birthday. They are walking, talking and their personalities are really beginning to shine through. From the boisterous two-year old who is always getting in trouble to the shy and timid 4 year-old, these are moments that you may also want to look back on as your children get older. After-all, just because they have entered childhood does not mean that they are no longer your little baby.

This age opens a world of possibilities when it comes to locations. However, choose a location that is special to your child or that they particularly enjoy. Photo’s with a favourite pet or enjoying a favourite hobby or activity all create memories of who they are in that moment. These are memories that both you and your child can look back on with love, fondness and laughter.

Booking In Annual Professional Family Photoshoots

As your children get older they will change and grow quickly—so booking in annual professional family photoshoots can help keep up with those changes and milestones. I love exploring different ideas with clients and creating something unique every time. How about timing a photoshoot during different seasons to change backgrounds from falling autumn leaves to spring flowers as your family grows.

Capturing the memories of what your children were like at different stages from tiny babies, though toddlerhood and into childhood is important. But it is just as important to capture them as part of the family unit. Shots with mum, dad and siblings are all critical to defining the family and the bond that they share. And don’t forget the important role that the family pet may play in creating memorable moments to be captured for eternity.

I specialise in capturing beautiful moments between families so don’t hesitate to get in touch today and start planning your special photoshoot!

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