The best time to get the newborn pictures taken is when the child is 5-10 days old. Things being what they are, this may not be possible, but try to get them done very quickly. This means that you must have previously done your homework and selected a photographer in Boston. If not, the best place to find a professional photographer for professional headshots, Boston is the internet.
If your delivery is going to be one is scheduled, C-section or otherwise, you should book a roughed in an appointment with the photographer before your trip to the hospital. If your child was born on his or her own schedule, you will need to call for an appointment the minute the doctor says you can leave the hospital.
Once a child has been born, they settle into a pattern of eating and sleeping with a very small window of time that they are awake. If you have paid close attention to this pattern, it will help you schedule the time of the session. Schedule it for just after they eat so the baby has a full tummy and is in a good mood.
Unfortunately, some babies get tummy aches after eating as their little tummies adjust to their new world of eating. If this is the case schedule the appointment 30 minutes after they eat. This gives their little body time to process the most of the food, one way or another. But in general, it is better to have the appointment scheduled earlier in the day.
When you go to the photography studio there are several things you need to bring to make the experience easier. First, bring along some food for the baby. If the baby is doing well nursing, then your all set in that department. If the baby isn’t nursing well, or is being bottle fed, be sure to bring along an extra bottle or two. If the dad is coming along, or any older siblings it is a good idea to bring along some gold fish crackers or M & M’s. That will keep all the big kids happy.
You should also bring along several burp rags, diapers, wet ones and at least two extra changes of clothes. Little ones spit up often. A bib will help, but sometime that’s just not enough. Colorful baby toys are also a good idea to bring along, not to use during the session but to use while you are waiting to keep the baby happy and amused.
If you follow these suggestions you should have a good positive experience with your first baby pictures. A painless experience is necessary so you will enjoy getting your child pictures taken, now and every month for the foreseeable future.