Newborn Photo Session

So in the days before Penelope was born, I spent quite a bit of time online, reading articles about how to take good photos of newborns, looking at and pinning photo/examples of poses… So once Penny made her entrance into the world, I had to get going!

The biggest issue is time. From what I’ve read, you have about a 10 day window for taking those photos where you can pretty much pose the baby in whatever seemingly unnatural pose your heart desires. After that, not only do babies lose the adorable fetal curl, but they also don’t want to do what YOU want them to do!

So our first photo shoot was more successful in that I could get her to do what I wanted…

(BTW, the pattern for this particular get-up is available in my Etsy shop!)

But this was my first time taking photos, and because she as born a week earlier than anticipated and two weeks before her due date, I wasn’t prepared for all the different photos I wanted to take. So when she was 8 days old, I planned another photo session, one that involved DH who would not only be there to help pose her and hold her in place, but I wanted some shots of Baby Girl in his hands. Well, unexpected guests stopped by, which put an end to my plans for a photo shoot with Daddy… However, I escaped with my sleeping little one and managed to get a few more shots.

So finally, yesterday, Day 10, another beautiful, sunny day, I made plans for more photos. Only she was terribly uncooperative. It was a growth spurt day, so she spent the ENTIRE day nursing, and she hardly slept, so getting good photos of her was very difficult.

(Garden gnome and green turtle pattern to come!) 
So after having taken photos on Day 5, 8, and 10… I have to say that I should have done as much as possible on Day 5 because it gets more and more difficult as baby gets older. I know it’s only a matter of days, but they change SO quickly! Penelope no longer curls her legs into the fetal position as easily as she used to, and on Day 10, if I moved her hand, she’d move it back to where she wanted it instead of where I wanted it! 
My newborn photo taking frenzy may be over, but there’s lots more photos of my sweet Penelope to come. I’m sure of that! 
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