Newborn session photography Vancouver

Newborn session photography Vancouver – Back in the day, new parents would take their brand new baby to the local department store’s portrait studio as newborn session photography wasn’t a thing. It’s only in the past ten years that this new way of capturing your little one has taken off. Now I know that newborn photos are not for everyone, especially the posed, studio kind. But there is something about creating art with your precious baby that just resonates with a lot of parents.

Newborn session photography typically lasts around 3 hours as we want to take our time with your new baby which I know sounds a little daunting, but we want to ensure we don’t rush through anything so we can create the perfect portraits for you. If your baby arrives fully fed and fast asleep then I love to start with those cute little naked poses first while they are settled. I have a workflow of beautiful newborn poses that I go through and if your baby doesn’t like something they will let me know. Should your baby become unsettled at anytime during the session, then we take a break for feeding and extra cuddles. I always say that your baby is the ‘boss’ of the session as they will dictate the flow of things. After all of the naked poses are done I will move onto wrapping your baby in unique ways and capturing them in some timeless photography props specially picked for your baby in mind.

Should your newborn arrive unsettled and not happy with the naked posing then I do have a backup workflow which involved swaddling your baby into a beautiful cocoon that most often calms them down to sleep. I know some parents don’t love the look of the wrapped shots but as I said before, the baby is the boss and if they don’t want to pose for me naked then wrapping them up is the next best thing.

I always encourage siblings and parents to be in some of the pictures towards the end of the session. Family photos are so important and shouldn’t be left out no matter how tired you are feeling. So those are always an option to include in your newborn session should you wish.

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Best age for Newborn Photos

 This is a question I am asked often.

“What is the best age for newborn photos”

Typically, the best age for newborn photos is within the first 14 days after birth. Reason being, is that your baby is generally very sleepy and still flexible enough to mold into those tiny, cute little poses that you see. Usually around the two week mark, baby acne and colic can rear it’s ugly head and so we want to avoid having to balance that if we can help it. Although some babies never experience these things at all.

However, it is not always possible to bring baby into the portrait studio immediately following birth, especially if they had an extended hospital stay. So I tend to allow up to a month old for the baby photos to take place if there are various obstacles in the way preventing us from capturing your little one in the first two weeks.

The best way to ensure that we can get your baby in for their newborn photos in the desired timeframe is to pre-book with you due date. I only take a certain amount of due dates per month to allow room in the schedule should baby be born early or late. As these little guys can be unpredictable on when they will arrive (unless you are having a scheduled c-section), I want to ensure I time within those first 14 days of birth.

If your baby ends up arriving prematurely and is required to stay in the NICU for a while, then not to worry as we can just plan for the session after your baby goes home. I have photographed many preemies right up to 8 weeks old and they have been just as sleepy as a 7 day old newborn. The main goal of the session is to get beautiful newborn photos that you will cherish for a lifetime.

To book a newborn photography shoot with Charlotte Gamache Photography in her Maple Ridge studio, contact us here

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