During your second trimester, you barely know what the baby's name will be so why do you keep hearing that you should book a newborn session at this time?
I know, I know, it's early. You may still be working on your baby registry or just planning what to do this weekend, how can you think of booking a photographer for your baby that isn't going to be born for months?!? If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know I preach about booking early. Why? Because babies don't always come when you think! The unpredictability of their arrivals as well as the fact that their sessions are more time consuming, including the prep/planning before the session, a 1-3 hour session, clean up after (think lots of laundry!) and several hours of editing, make it so that newborn photographers can only accept a limited number of newborns each month so that you get your gallery in a reasonable time. Booking early for a newborn session doesn't commit you to a date, but reserves the availability of your photographer. Once baby is born, then we set an actual date within the first 2 weeks of birth!
What if my baby is born much earlier or has to stay in the NICU? Don't worry, it happens! Just be sure to keep in touch with your photographer so they know the baby is born as we mentally plan when we can get you scheduled as many photographers have to arrange for child care and work around other sessions and personal obligations. Once released from the hospital, you'll want to get in for a session as soon as you can, ideally within 1-2 weeks of release. Just know that sometimes older babies prefer to be wrapped and may not be as sleepy as you may see in your newborn photographer's portfolio and there is an increased risk for baby acne.
What if you are just reading this now your baby is already born or due any day?!? Don't worry! Even though it's a messy job and working in a hot studio isn't for everyone, newborn photographers love their jobs, so we do what we can to get you in and if we can't we often have other photographers we can refer you to!
So if you are reading this and realizing it's time to book, then please be sure to head to my portfolio and if my work is something you like, contact me so we can chat more!
Shannon Anderson Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child and family photography in the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas of North Carolina. Shannon has a home studio in Mooresville, NC available for newborns and young children and travels around the Charlotte area for outdoor and lifestyle sessions. To book a session please email Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org