Here is a recent portrait taken at Chandra Lee Photography. This baby girl was photographed at 10 days new. Newborn photography takes place when your baby is between 5 and 10 days of age. After 10 days, babies become too alert and awake to pose for newborn pictures. Day 5 is always my favourite day to complete a newborn session. This is when I find most babies to be so very sleepy and easy to work with. This is when I can capture the most amount of poses and variety for your newborn portrait session.
Certainly, I understand that sometimes babies have a longer than anticipated stay at the hospital for jaundice or other health issues. Or perhaps mom had an unexpected c-section and requires a little bit extra time to heal and recover. That’s okay.
For moms who have had their babies and come home from the hospital right away, your session is always guaranteed to take place before baby is 10 days or younger. The earlier you contact me after your baby arrives, we will try to offer you a day as close to day 5 to 8 as possible.
When your newborn session is booked, you are asked to call the studio or email us within 3 days of your baby arriving. This ensures that we can book you in before that day 10. Newborn photography has only a very small window of opportunity to capture these delicate poses when these precious bundles of joy are ‘newly’ born.
It is possible to photograph a newborn as early as day 4 but only if your milk has come in by day 3. If you are bottle feeding, your session can take place as soon as you arrive home from the hospital.
For the month of April, we will be offering something new at Chandra Lee Photography. Mini newborn sessions will be available from April 1st to April 30th. After completing a handful of newborn modelling sessions, I realized I can capture beautiful newborn portraits in a shorter amount of time. In order to offer these mini sessions, clients need to arrive on time for their newborn sessions as we have one to one and half hours to work with as compared to three to five hours during a full newborn session.
Mini newborn sessions are for baby only (no parent or sibling images).
Details for the mini newborn sessions can be found at Mini Newborn Sessions.
When your newborn session is booked and after your baby has arrived, you receive a newborn session preparation email. The preparation email isn’t very long; however, it does include some very helpful tips for preparing for your newborn session. One of the very helpful things you can do to ensure you have the very best session with as many beautiful set-ups as possible is feed your baby for as long as possible before leaving for your newborn session. Whether your baby is being bottle fed or nursing, please try to feed your baby for as long as possible. Part way through feeding, give baby a few minutes and then try to burp baby. Then try to feed baby again. If baby is sleepy, you can use a cold wash cloth to try to wake baby up. The best place to put the wash cloth is under their armpit as babies seem to dislike this and will wake up from this. Usually they will then latch again or drink a bit more bottle.
These are all things I usually assist you with when you arrive for your newborn session. Usually it takes up to one hour to do this before I even have baby in my arms to start posing and photographing. If this can be done before you arrive, I can start working sooner and capture more poses for you.
If baby is well fed before getting in your car to leave for your session, baby will very likely fall asleep during the car ride. Babies like the motion of being in the car and will fall into a deep sleep. This means when you arrive, we can start photographing right away.
One other helpful suggestion is to dress your baby in something very easy to undress baby. A sleeper that zips up is a perfect choice. No undershirt or onesie under the sleeper. The less baby needs to be fussed with, the more chance baby will stay in a deep sleep and not wake up.
During a full newborn session, you are able to pick out your props and your colours for your session.
During a mini newborn session, your props and fabric backgrounds will be chosen for you and prepared in advance.
Another very helpful tip and suggestion is to arrive on time for your newborn session. Whether you’re having a mini newborn session or a full newborn session, you always have a better session if you arrive on time.
Here is a recent portrait from a newborn session. This baby girl rocked her session at 10 days new. If you would like to see more images from her session, please be sure to visit the Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/babyposing or the Instagram page @newbornphotographertoronto.