Brenda Bush is a NAPCP Master Certified Newborn Photographer based in New York City.

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Brenda Bush Photography | Newborn Photographer | New York City

It's never too late to photograph your baby. You will never regret capturing that moment in time.  The ideal time for newborn photos is within the first 14 days however babies are often photographed as newborn up to about 4 weeks old. And even beyond 4 weeks, depending on the baby.  I photograph babies of all ages and I will get beautiful photos of your baby at 5 weeks, 6 weeks, 7 weeks, 2 months, 3 months, 4 months.  

There are many reasons people wait to photograph after the first couple of weeks.  

extended hospital stay

extenuating circumstances like illness

not having the time to research and schedule a photographer

not having the money

pandemic lockdown and restrictions

cultural tradition 

Advantages to Photographing Older Newborns

There are definite advantages to photographing babies when they are a little older 2-4 weeks. Older babies have mastered eating. Once they get a full belly, they are typically content awake or asleep.  Older babies have often filled out a little more than those freshly newborn.  

Why the 14 day 'golden window' for newborn photos? 

After two weeks babies become much more alert, less flexible and no longer like to be swaddled.  Things like acne and colic can develop which make classic newborn poses challenging.  But honestly, I've photographed super fussy 8 day old babies and had 9 week old babies that were a dream to photograph. I always try to set expectations with parents. An experienced photographer will be able to get good photos at any age.

As a newborn photographer I will always love the soundly sleeping naked newborns artfully curled up classic newborn poses.  I love to photograph babies within 14 days of birth whenever possible.  But by choice or by chance, it's not always possible.  It's never too late to photograph.  Embrace the moment, older babies, their bright eyes, and their smiles. You will never regret capturing any moment in time of your precious baby.

Gabriela, 4 month old baby

I’d love to hear from you! Contact me here to drop me a line, let me know your baby's age, and I’ll get more information to you ASAP!

Max, 9 week old baby

Leo, 3 month old baby

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