Best time to schedule your newborn session / Top Phoenix Arizona baby photographer


May 26, 2021

Are you looking to hire a baby photographer in Phoenix, Arizona? It’s no coincidence that you have stumbled across my blog. Hello and welcome! When you are expecting a baby, scheduling a photo shoot may not be the first thing that’s on your mind. When is the best time to schedule your newborn session?  While I cannot speak for all newborn photographers, there are some general guidelines that are important to follow when it comes to posed newborn photography.

Sleeping baby boy at an in-home newborn session in Phoenix, Arizona

Image of a baby's lip captured at an in-home newborn session in Phoenix, Arizona

The ideal time to book your newborn photographer is during your 2nd trimester, so that you can cross it off your “To Do” list and not have to think about it again until your baby arrives. You can absolutely book later, but the risk with waiting until the 3rd trimester (or after the baby arrives!) is that the photographer you really want may be completely booked and unable to accommodate you. Sometimes it’s tough to be able to squeeze someone in. When you book with me, I will mark your due date on my calendar to give me a general idea for when I need to be available for your newborn session. I won’t actually be able to schedule your photo session date and time until you let me know your baby has arrived. Newborn sessions are typically taken 5-18 days after birth. Since I only offer a limited number of sessions a month, I’ll be sure to offer you a variety of dates to choose from.

Image of a baby's eye lashes captured at an in-home newborn session in Phoenix, Arizona

Image of a posed baby captured at an in-home newborn session in Phoenix, Arizona

Image of a baby's face captured at an in-home newborn session in Phoenix, Arizona

Every photographer has a different “sweet spot” for newborn ages that they prefer to photograph, but if you are drawn to posed newborn photos it is extremely important to capture these between 5-18 days after birth. The younger babies are, the sleepier they are, and sleepier babies are much more likely to cooperate when getting them into the perfect poses. As babies spend more time outside the womb, the sensory nerves in their skin begin to develop rapidly, which means that “older” newborns are much more receptive to touch and likely to wake from slight pose adjustments. The longer they spend outside the womb, the less curly babies get, so if you really love the poses that capture how flexible and curled up babies can be, those poses will be more uncomfortable for babies as they approach the one month mark.

Image of a baby sleeping at an in-home newborn session in Phoenix, Arizona

Image of a sleeping baby at an in-home newborn session in Phoenix, Arizona

Image of a wide awake baby captured at an in-home newborn session in Phoenix, Arizona

Rushaank’s momma reached out to me when we was already 13 days old. Lucky for her (and for me) I was able to fit her in. How handsome is this little fella?!

Grandma holding her grandson at an in-home newborn session in Phoenix, Arizona

Are you ready to book your newborn session? While the summer months are almost full, please reach out as soon as possible if you are expecting. I am looking forward to hearing more about what you are envisioning for your photo shoot.

*** I am offering maternity and newborn photography services in Arizona. I am located in Chandler, Arizona. If you like my work, please be sure to show your support by liking my page on Facebook and following me on Instagram Instagram. Thank you.***


  1. Stacey says:

    Ohh I love these so much! Completely agree, super important to book ahead of time. They chose the right photographer to capture their baby.

    • Stephanie Honikel says:

      You’re the sweetest🥰Thank you for your kind words. When it comes to photography, I think it’s so important to check that off your list early on especially if you’re looking to work with a photographer you really like. Having to send potential clients is never a good feeling😢

  2. Rebecca T says:

    We made sure to book our photographer right away to be sure we got in with the one we wanted. I deeply admire the skills that go into being able to document these tiny ones in such a beautiful way!

    • Stephanie Honikel says:

      So happy you got to work with the photographer you wanted for your newborn session. It’s so important to get it done right the first time around, as newborns grow up so quickly. Greetings from Arizona🌵

  3. Laura says:

    These are such lovely images! Those b/w shots — so timeless. Newborn photography is such an art. 🙂

  4. Tiffany Crenshaw says:

    Ok! He really is the sweetest little thing!!! This is so helpful and I know with mom brain it’s so much better to do things early!!

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