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When to Book Your Maternity & Newborn Photographer

Updated: Dec 10, 2023

When Should I Book my Maternity & Newborn Photographer?

Written by Luka Waugh, Brisbane Lifestyle Photographer & Midwife


Capturing the precious moments of pregnancy and the early days of your newborn's life is a cherished experience for many parents. Hiring a professional maternity and newborn photographer can help you preserve these beautiful memories forever. In this blog post, we will discuss the ideal timing to hire a maternity and newborn photographer, ensuring you don't miss out on capturing these special moments with the photographer you want to work with.


Maternity Photography

Maternity photography sessions are typically scheduled between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. This timeframe allows for a prominent baby bump while ensuring the expectant mother is still comfortable during the shoot. It's important to book your maternity photographer in advance to secure a spot during this optimal period; especially if you are after a golden hour session. Maternity photoshoots provide an opportunity to celebrate the beauty of pregnancy and the anticipation of welcoming your little one.


Newborn Photography

Lifestyle newborn photography sessions can be done within 6 weeks of birth, this time is called the "neonatal" or "newborn" period. As I shoot lifestyle photography, having a sleepy newborn isn't imperative. Newborn sessions book up very quickly, as most families want to document the new arrival of their little one and ensure those tiny details are captured. It's important to book your newborn photographer during your pregnancy (ideally as you enter the second trimester) to ensure availability during this limited timeframe, or you may miss out on the opportunity to work with the photographer you want.


Combined Maternity and Newborn Packages

Many photographers offer combined maternity and newborn packages, allowing you to document the entire journey from pregnancy to the early days of your baby's life. These packages often include multiple sessions and provide a cohesive story of this transformative time. Booking a combined package can also offer cost savings and ensure a consistent style throughout your photographs.


Choosing the Right Photographer

When hiring a maternity and newborn photographer, it's essential to do thorough research. Look for a photographer with experience in capturing these specific moments, as they will have the expertise to handle newborns safely and create stunning maternity portraits. Take the time to review their portfolios, read client testimonials, and enquire about their pricing and packages. It's also crucial to communicate your vision and expectations to ensure a successful collaboration. As a midwife and mother, I am highly skilled in newborn care and safe positioning and understand pregnant women and their needs. I can also offer the support and knowledge I have from working with new families for over 10 years.


Hiring a maternity and newborn photographer allows you to capture the beauty and joy of pregnancy and the early days of your baby's life, with all the beautiful chaos that comes along with is. By scheduling your maternity session between 32 and 36 weeks and your newborn session within the first six weeks after birth, you can ensure your precious moments are captured before they fade from memory. Consider booking a combined package to document your journey. Remember to choose a photographer with experience and a style that resonates with you. With their expertise, you can create beautiful photographs that will become a family heirloom.



Luka is a lifestyle photographer based in Brisbane focusing on Maternity, Newborns, Family & Motherhood. Want to know more about Luka? click below :)



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