I was recently talking with my husband Dave about a friend who is pregnant and he asked me “Do you think they’ll get newborn photos?” I was a little surprised by this question and I responded that I had no clue, but then I asked him if he thought they should. I admit I was taken aback by his adamant response that they absolutely SHOULD get newborn photos.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I obviously find newborn photography important but I was just a little surprised that Dave felt the same way. We’re not known for luxury or frivolous spending, but as someone who has completely bought into the value of photographs I view sessions with the right photographer as a luxury but most definitely not frivolous. I realized he felt the same way as he started to go off about how important newborn photography is.
Before having children I would bet that he would’ve thought newborn photography rather unnecessary, but now that our children are 7, 5, and 3 we have hindsight to our advantage.
There are many reasons to get newborn photos, but in this entry I will highlight the top 3 reasons Mr. Berge and I found as being the most important.
This too shall pass!
As Gretchen Rubin said “the days are long but the years are short”. After having a baby, my friend awoke to her husband talking in his sleep and he was saying “slong.” In his dream this was the word he was using to talk about the contradiction of this time of life.
Those newborn days are truly a slog and yet before you know it 7.5 years have passed, you have three children, and two of them are in school. I felt like our eldest was going to be a baby forever, but -spoiler alert- he wasn’t. So putting off having photos is only putting off capturing this fleeting time and your sleep-deprived self can’t afford to do this 😉
They change so darn quickly.
Before you know it your newborn will be a baby and your baby will quickly turn into a toddler. Within 6 months you will have forgotten just how small your baby was at birth. Without photos you’ll forget that soft tuft of hair she was born with, the expression he gave as soon as you picked him up, the way she constantly calmed down when you swaddled her. Because before you know it your baby won’t be this same way anymore and it’s my job to capture it before it’s gone.
That being said, if you’ve missed getting newborn photos within the first couple weeks, do not let this deter you, but I encourage you to book now. Even if your sweet baby is 1, 2, 3 months old he still has plenty of changing to do for the rest of his first year. Those things he does and the way he looks at 2 months will quickly become distant memory as he turns 6, 9, and 12 months. Capturing your baby at any time in the first year is a good thing!
They want to know their story and you want to remember it too.
Let’s be honest, those new baby days are blurry ones. I had to remind my husband how he would walk or drive one of our babies around just so I could get some sleep at night—he had actually forgotten he did this! I am completely convinced if I hadn’t taken so many photos even more memories would be forgotten.
Photos have a way of preserving memories and at this time of life you need all the help you can get. Having photos helps you remember and retell the story of your kiddo’s beginning. My boys each love picking up his baby book, perusing through the photos, and hearing about how fussy he was, how much he loved his brother, and the way he ate his carrots. But even more importantly, when children look at photos of themselves with their mom/dad/sibling they see they’re loved and that they belong. That’s their story and they love seeing it.
For these reasons (and more) it’s become a motto around here that: