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A New Parent’s Guide to Newborn Portraits

A quick little list of the most asked questions about Newborn Portraits from the experts at Ivory Tree Portraits.

There are so many things to consider when you’re prepping for a newborn. How will I feed them, what’s the safest car seat, who’s their pediatrician? The answer to literally almost every question you will have about parenting is, it’s personal and there is no one correct answer. But at Ivory Tree Portraits, we specialize in working with newborns, so we wanted to make just one little thing easier for you. So here is everything you need to know about newborn photos!

QUESTION: AT WHAT AGE SHOULD NEWBORN PHOTOS BE TAKEN?

The best time for newborn photos is between 7 and 10 days after birth. They are old enough to get full bellies giving us time to pose but not big enough that you’ve missed the window of them being little. The younger the baby, the more naturally they pose like they are still in the womb.

QUESTION: WHAT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN WITH NEWBORN PHOTOSHOOTS?

Currently, there are no safety regulations in place for the newborn photography industry which at Ivory Tree we think is rather crazy.

 

Baby safety should always be the number one priority when selecting a photographer. So, find a photographer who specialized in newborns. Tips to determine if they are a professional with newborn experience here.

QUESTION: SHOULD NEWBORN PORTRAITS BE DONE IN THE HOSPITAL?

Nope. Here’s the deal: hospital lighting isn’t great, neither you nor your baby will feel your best, and family images aren’t included. Take your time at the hospital to meet and simply be with the new love of your life.

 

QUESTION: CAN MY WEDDING/ FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER SHOOT MY NEWBORN PHOTOS?

The answer typically is no. Your newborn is literally the most precious thing in this world and ever so fragile. Do you hand your newborn to simply anyone to hold (ok, if it’s your fourth child, maybe)? But all kidding aside, it takes years of training and practice to know how to safely handle and pose a baby.

 

It is not something every photographer is trained to know how to do.

 

Now, if your wedding photographer is a total unicorn and does event-based photography and specializes in newborn, check out their credentials and training and if they’re experts go for it!


Check out Ivory Tree’s blog for the answers to more important questions including:

  • What is the best outfit for new moms to wear to their newborn photoshoot?
  • Is it easier to take newborn photos at home or at a photo studio?
  • How long should a newborn photoshoot take?
  • Should I reschedule my newborn photoshoot if my baby is fussy?
  • I just had a baby and definitely don’t feel my best– do I have to get in the pictures?

FINAL THOUGHTS

At Ivory Tree, we specialize in newborn portraits because being an expert matter. We provide timeless images while ensuring the process is easy, because you have enough to think about!

 

 

We also believe Newborn portraits should span their entire first year! After 10 years of newborn sessions, we’ve curated Our Baby Bundle! At $150/ month it includes:

·  Three sessions – Newborn, 6-month sitter, and 1st Birthday Cake Smash,

·  40 digital images,

·  Heirloom album

The ultimate way to remember their first year!

 

 

As a special offer use, Main Line Parent readers can enjoy a complimentary Maternity Session when using promo code: #MLPBabyBundle

 

Ivory Tree Portraits supports the Main Line Parent Community.

Ivory Tree is a family portrait studio in Wayne. You live in the moment -- we capture it, so you can cherish the memory and document your family's growth. We are artists dedicated to capturing the essence of your family.

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