When to Book Your Newborn Session


When to Book Your Newborn Session?

Booking a photographer to capture your baby’s precious newborn stage is in the to-do list for many expecting parents.  Not all parents think that a newborn session needs to be booked in advance well before baby’s expected due date.  I often get last minute inquiries asking about availability for their newborn baby after birth.  Most of the time the session is rushed and the preparation is cut short due to lack of time, or I am full with booked-in-advance clients and unable to schedule the session at all.

So why book a newborn session before you baby arrives?

This is something that a lot of my clients are asking.  How do we even book a session when we don’t know when the baby is going to arrive?  My baby could arrive early or late.  This is true and most babies never arrive when you expect – unless you have a scheduled c-section, we never know exactly when baby will arrive.

I take on a certain number of newborn due dates per month.  I mark my client’s due date in my calendar as well as a rough tentative session date.  Once baby arrives, we schedule the session in.  Since the style of my newborn photography is lifestyle and focuses on family rather than full posed, we have lots of flexibility as to when we schedule the session.  Some moms need a few more days to heal, relax and rest.  I can generally take on babies up to 21 days for family-newborn sessions and up to 7 days for any simple posing.

I prioritize my pre-booked clients, occasionally I have opening for short-notice bookings, but why take a chance if it is something you really want.  I hate for you to be disappointed only to find out that I am booked and not available to photograph your baby and have to research other photographers even though you really like my style.

So when would should moms book a newborn session?  If you are planning on scheduling a maternity session, I would highly suggest booking both at the same time.  If you are not scheduling a maternity session I would suggest booking no later than 26 weeks into your pregnancy.


Caitlin Ritchie is a Motherhood photographer specializing in Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Milestones and Family Photographer in Petawawa, Ontario.  Serving Petawawa & Pembroke, Ontario and the Ottawa Valley regions.

Interested in a session?  I would love to set up a meeting with you to capture those precious moments. Contact me to receive my welcome package delivered right to your front step.  Ask about my two popular collections which include framed fine art and heirloom albums along with digital negatives.

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