{The Best Stages to Have Your Baby Photographed} Chesapeake, Virginia Newborn and Baby Photographer

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

In an ideal world, we would all have our babies professionally captured every month to document all of their growth and progress through stunning photos. A huge part of the reason I chose to specialize in portrait photography was so that I could have tons of beautiful images of my own children at every stage...and I'm convinced they're some of the most photographed children in the world! If you don't happen to be a professional photographer yourself, however, you may not have room in your budget to have your babies professionally photographed every month. If possible, I recommend hiring a skilled photographer for the major first year milestones: newborn, roller (3-5 months), sitter (6-9 months) and first birthday.

I'm going to share which two stages are the absolute BEST to have professionally photographed but, first, let's take a look at what each of these stages looks like!


Newborn photos are precious keepsakes. The photos are perfect to display in your little one’s nursery, enjoy in an heirloom quality album, use in birth announcements, and introduce your new little one to friends around the world via social media. Newborn images capture how tiny they were when they came into the world! The newborn stage is generally recommended to be captured within the first two weeks after birth. You can certainly get beautiful photos of an older newborn (I have many times!) but as a general rule of thumb, babies become more and more alert and awake and less flexible and floppy as they get older. If you are looking for newborn pictures that really capture their tiny newness and involve detailed posing and the use of adorable pint sized props, I recommend having them done in the first couple of weeks. Seriously though, don't fret if your little one is here already and is "older!" A skilled photographer can still get you some amazing newborn-style shots even if your little one is outside of that two week window. A couple of the newborns pictured below were a month or older at the time of their session!