As a connection photographer, I am drawn to capturing images that evoke emotion through connection. Newborn photography is perhaps the most poignant example. Of course, moms always ask: is there an ideal timeframe for taking newborn photos?
The short answer: No.
The Case for Taking Pictures Immediately
Yesterday, my family and I were getting ready for an excursion downtown, in part so I could check off my daily assignment for the 365 project. As we were about to walk out the door, I received word that my friend's baby girl had decided to grace us with her presence the night before. When I got to the hospital I persuaded my friend to let me take "just a few" photos.
That is how I managed to get the intimate pictures below - just 19 hours post-delivery. Has my friend had her make-up professionally done and her hair blown out? Not a chance. The truth is, she's most likely been spit up on and hasn't slept in the last 24 hours. But she is my strong and gorgeous friend and the connection between her and the baby is real and beautiful.
I can sympathize with any woman not wanting to photographed just hours after labor. However, as a mother and a photographer, I would just say remember these two things: (1) there will only be one day in your life when your baby is that new and (2) a good photographer will take pictures that respect and support mom and the baby while capturing the wonder of that first full day of the rest of their lives together.
Check out the case for taking pictures immediately by heading over to the second part of this post.