As a general rule, I recommend photographing newborns within the first two weeks of birth. This is when they are still tiny, well fed and their most sleepy. After this period they loose some of the little things that make them new, like the fine downy fur on their back or ears, the almost healed belly button, the delicate dry flaky skin, and the general tiny squishyness. They also tend to be awake more, so they need a lot more soothing to get them to sleep.
Meet Mayah. She was born little and perfect, and when I met her at 27 days old (her session had to be rescheduled), she was only around 8 pounds. Although some of the characteristics of brand new baby had gone away, she is still impossibly beautiful and sweet, and I didn’t mind the extra time holding and rocking her at all. I almost didn’t want to give her back, or put her down to photograph her.
Thank you to her Grammy Anne for arranging and hosting her newborn session. It was so lovely to be surrounded by Mayah’s family, and a rare opportunity to capture her with Grammy and Grampy as well as Mommy and Daddy.