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As a Connecticut lifestyle newborn photographer and after having spent the last 4 years handling newborns – both on-location as a hospital and at-home, I’ve learned when the best, most ideal time for scheduling newborn portraits. 

When to Schedule Your Newborn to be Photographed

Timing is critical when it comes to scheduling your newborn photos. Don’t wait too long to schedule your session. 5-8 days after birth is ideal. 

This is the time when your little one is very sleepy and still has that curled up, precious newborn look.

When to Book and Schedule with a Newborn Photographer?

I recommend that you schedule your newborn session at least 2 weeks before the due day to ensure availability with me. Since there is no way to predict exactly when baby will arrive or how mom/baby will be feeling and adjusting, I simply note your due date in my calendar and schedule the exact date and time once you get settled in at home.

After 2 weeks, newborns tend to sleep less frequently, less deeply, are more finicky and much harder to pose.

baby feet as Helena Woods photographs NYC Manhattan newborn lifestyle session

We need baby to be sleeping for lifestyle family portraits with mom, dad and siblings. 

For more newborn photography tips and how to help your baby feel comfortable and sleepy before your session, read this post!

Helena Woods photographs NYC Manhattan newborn lifestyle session

Helena Woods photographs NYC Manhattan newborn lifestyle session

Helena Woods photographs NYC Manhattan newborn lifestyle sessionMilford Connecticut Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Are you expecting a baby and looking for a maternity, family and at home lifestyle newborn photographer? As a lifestyle newborn photographer in both Connecticut and NYC, I travel all over Fairfield County for my clients. I recently returned from Portugal, Germany and San Diego and I am next off to Connecticut and New York in October and November! 

Booking a Newborn Photographer Fairfield County Connecticut

If you are a New England Connecticut based client of mine or plan to be and you want to be the very first to know my availability and travel calendar in 2020, so that you can reserve your session spot before anyone else, please subscribe to our studio’s updates here or using the form below. I only send booking details and calendar availability when you sign up on this list.     


Sneak Peeks from this Recent Connecticut Lifestyle Newborn Session

View Another Connecticut Lifestyle Newborn Gallery Here!


Baby Luciano was born to the sweetest mom and dad, the V. family. During our session, little Luciano was having a hard time falling asleep,  which made it tricky to get those sleepy, curled up lifestyle newborn photographs that I specialize in. But we used some of my favorite tips for at-home sessions that we were able to get some beautiful images – both wide awake (a must-have photograph I always aim to get in my lifestyle newborn sessions) and asleep, always naturally styled. Below are just a few sneak peeks from their lifestyle at-home newborn session.

mom smiles down and cradles newborn baby Helena Woods photographs NYC Manhattan newborn lifestyle session   parents holding newborn baby feet Helena Woods photographs NYC Manhattan newborn lifestyle session baby sleeping on blanket

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I'm Helena! As a creative storyteller, I document magical, emotionally honest family and children's portraiture. A lover of childhood, fairytales and natural light, I photograph families across the world. I'm the ultimate Disney nerd, and I'm obsessed with cats and expressing my love for the simple joys of slow, daily life.

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Helena Woods is a destination newborn and family photographer based in France and New England and travels worldwide. She is known for her natural light, modern classic, and emotive photography style.










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