Bringing a new baby home is an exciting and emotional time, and if your baby is born prematurely, it can add a layer of stress to the mix. 

As a newborn photographer, I understand how important capturing these early moments can be for families, even if your baby’s arrival doesn’t go quite as planned. 

And as a pediatric nurse I have worked with hundreds of families who have had premature babies and have a great understanding of some of the emotions and difficulties that you may be facing.

In this article, I’ll share some helpful tips and advice on how to handle your newborn photo shoot if your baby is born prematurely.

The Best Time for Newborn Photography

Newborn photographers usually recommend taking posed photographs of babies within the first one – three weeks of life. After this time, babies tend to become more alert, which can make it harder to achieve those curly, sleepy poses that are so beloved in newborn photography.

However, if your baby is born prematurely, this ideal timeframe will be different. Premature babies develop differently, and their level of sleepiness may vary. That’s why many photographers are more flexible with scheduling newborn sessions for premature babies.

Discussing Your Situation with Your Photographer

When you book a newborn photo shoot, it’s essential to let your photographer know if your baby was born prematurely. This will allow them to adjust their approach and work with you to create the best possible experience for you and your baby.

When discussing your situation with your photographer, here are some things you may want to share:

  • Your baby’s weight
  • Any medical equipment they need, such as a feeding tube, oxygen, or a heart monitor
  • Any recent surgeries or ongoing health conditions

With this information, your photographer can tailor the session to your baby’s specific needs and ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.

What to Do if Your Baby Is Born Prematurely

If your baby is born prematurely, it’s entirely understandable that a photo shoot may not be your top priority. Your focus will be on your baby’s health and well-being.

When you’re ready to think about scheduling a session, reach out to your photographer and let them know about your baby’s situation. Be sure to share any important details, such as how many weeks early your baby was born and whether they require an extended hospital stay.

Your photographer will likely ask you to contact them once your baby is discharged from the hospital. From there, you can work together to schedule a photo shoot that’s safe and comfortable for your baby.

*These images are of Daisy who was born at 31 weeks and came in for her session when she was 7 weeks old

Capturing Precious Moments

Every baby is unique, and premature babies are no exception. Whether your baby is mostly awake or asleep, having photographs of this special time in their life is priceless. With a little flexibility and communication, you can work with your photographer to create beautiful images that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

Contact Me for More Information

If you have any questions about scheduling a newborn photo shoot for your premature baby, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. As an experienced newborn photographer, I’m here to help you capture these special moments and create memories that you’ll cherish forever.

Elle x