1) So that YOU and the father can be in some of the pictures too! Even though you’re not feeling 100%, I truly believe that this is important so that your child can see one day how excited you both were to have her/him. Plus, you will probably have many pictures of your husband and the baby, but not enough of yourself in them!
2) They are only this little once! We all know that babies grow tremendously fast. The newborn portraits that you see on my website are usually taken within the first 4-7 days after birth while they sleep deeply and are flexible to get into those curled up poses. The “fresh newborn” look of a baby does not last very long and babies grow and change every day. Many times baby acne appears after that 2 week mark. Having a baby is a HUGE thing and deserves to be captured in quality photography. You have a limited time frame to get these photos done, so hire a professional to document/record one of the most precious times in your child’s life.
3) You won’t have the time or the energy. The first two weeks after birth is such a difficult adjustment time for the parents. In-between late night feedings, caring for the new baby and recovering from delivery…. I didn’t have any energy to grab my camera and photograph my baby until he was past 2 weeks old. :(
Lastly, you won’t want to hand your sweet new baby over to just any photographer. You want someone who is trained to safely handle newborns. Posing a newborn baby is a great responsibility – their little bodies are still adjusting to life outside the womb. You must be able to trust the photographer to hold your precious little one. After being on the “other side” and in front of the camera, I learned more about the importance of my career – I am capturing a moment in time that can never be replicated. Also, I am so thankful to my past clients who had spent time with me while they were still recovering from delivery and more importantly, putting their trust in me and my photography!
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