I usually recommend newborn photos around 7-14 days - somewhere in that vicinity is pretty standard across the newborn industry. Babies are easier to pose because they are still curly from being in the womb, and more likely to be nice and sleepy. That being said, I know that life gets busy, and I don't think anyone should have to go without pictures of their precious new little one just because they missed a supposed deadline. Brooke's mama contacted me at 3 weeks, and I was able to get her in the next week, so Brooke was 4 weeks old at her newborn session. I always tell parents I have some tricks up my sleeve to help them stay sleepy, and we just let the baby rule the session - if there are certain poses baby doesn't like we skip them, and if there are poses they love, we make the most out of them. And if baby wants to be wide awake the whole time, we embrace it - because babies are adorable no matter what, right?
There were no worries at all with Brooke's session - she did fantastic. Such a sleepy little peanut. Mom has 3 older children and you could see the practiced hand with which she propped baby into her crossed legs to feed her a bottle, so she could fish out the beautiful handmade blanket she'd brought along for a prop. This baby was the little blessing that her older children had been hoping for, and when they came in for family photos you could see how much little Brooke is already cherished. Here's a little sampling of Brooke's gallery.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to meet little Brooke!