This weekend I had a booth at our local Babies and Bumps Expo and after getting the same question from several pregnant moms that stopped by my booth, I thought this topic was deserving of its own Ask Megan Monday. We all know from last week’s Monday post that newborn sessions are best done within the first 10 days of life, but how in the world do you schedule a session when babies can be so unpredictable in their arrival?
Can I get a show of hands from all the moms out there that regret the fact that they never had professional images taken of their newborn baby? (I can raise my own hand here–twice. My poor kiddos and their lack of new baby images.) All of our intentions were good, but once baby finally came it wasn’t at the top of the list. Feedings were. And diaper changes. And trying to catch some sleep when baby was napping. And before we knew it those two precious weeks flew by and that window of opportunity was missed.
So how do you plan in advance for newborn sessions? How do you get something on the calendar that doesn’t have a specific date? Here is what my clients and I do and it works out great for us. We take your due date and schedule a “tentative” session for sometime within that week. Then, either when you go into labor or have delivered your baby, you email or call me to tell me the great news and we adjust that date for that 10 day window. Simple as that. And I’m always able to get your newborn session in since we typically do them on weekdays (my weekends are usually booked out a few months in advance).
And if for some reason we haven’t scheduled your session and you’ve delivered your baby already and want a newborn session, don’t worry. I absolutely love newborn sessions and know how incredibly fleeting that stage is, so I make every effort to get you in. That’s what happened with this beautiful little guy last week. My good friend had referred his mommy to me and I’m so glad she did. We were able to get them into the studio that week and I had a wonderful time capturing these images.