When Bodhi’s mom first contacted me she was still in her 3rd trimester, awaiting her little guy’s arrival. When he arrived they settled in as a family for the first couple weeks, then we scheduled their Lifestyle session. And then… life interfered! They experienced a family emergency which had them traveling out of state, which was quickly followed by a cold that swept through their house.
Everything settled down and we were able to do the session when Bodhi was around 9 weeks old. He was past the sleepy newborn phase, but how adorable to get so many eyes wide open shots! It always amazes me just how quickly newborns grow and change. Each week they get less and less sleepy and more aware of their surroundings.
With my last born, I tried to make an effort to photograph her every couple months. And I’m so glad I did. I look back now at those photos and I remember how it felt to hold her when she was 2 months old and just starting to fill out her rolls, how she had one long whispy clump of hair in the back that really stood out when she was 4 months old, how she loved to smile and coo at my goofiness at 6 months old, and so on and so on.
I’m often asked, “When is the best time for a newborn session?”. Usually for a Posed newborn session, I recommend between 5-14 days, when they are still sleepy and easily posed. But for the Lifestyle Newborn session, there is a little more flexibility. Bodhi is a great example that even though you may be outside the traditional newborn stage, it’s not too late. Babyhood is oh so fleeting but worth capturing at every turn :)