Does my Baby’s Cord Clamp need to be off for a Newborn Shoot?
Newborn photo shoots ideally take place when your baby is between five and tend days old and definitely in the first two weeks to ensure maximum sleepiness and poseability.
During this time, they may still have their cord clamp. Some babies seem to shed them really quickly and some hang onto them a little longer. A newborn cord clamp still being in place isn’t a barrier to their photo shoot in itself. It’s not something that I can remove in Photoshop as it would lead to them having a completely smooth belly-button-less tummy which would look very strange indeed.
Generally, as they’re quite big and not terribly gorgeous to look at, I’ll keep it covered when photographing your baby on their back. It can also take a little extra wiggling to get them comfortable in the tummy tuck position to ensure they’re not getting poked by the clip but it’s very doable.
So, in short, don’t worry about the cord clamp when it comes to newborn photography. It’s more important to get it scheduled in the five to ten day window to ensure your baby is as sleepy as possible and we’ll just deal with the clamp on the day.
A newborn photo shoot is best when your baby is between 5 and 10 days old as this is when they are at their maximum sleepiness and poseability to capture those dreamy shots. For this reason, I definitely recommend that you book when you are pregnant as this is one less thing to worry about scheduling when you’ve just got home from the hospital. We make an appointment for your due date plus 7 days and then adjust it as needed.
My newborn shoots include your three favourite digital images which you select from your online gallery a few weeks after your photo shoot – I don’t make you attend a sales or viewing session. Sessions take place in my warm and cosy studio in Crawley Down and cost £95.