When should I schedule my newborn/maternity photo session?

The best time to photograph a newborn is in the first 10 days of life.  During this time they sleep more soundly and curl up more easily into adorable poses.  That being said, I have photographed some stunning images of newborns and babies at later stages, up to a month old- just be aware we probably won’t be able to get the more posed , sleeping photos- .  Maternity sessions are best done between 30-37 weeks.

How far in advance should I schedule my newborn/maternity photo session?

I encourage families to book their newborn/maternity photo session as soon as possible.  Your “due date” will be placed on our calendar and we will be looking forward to hearing from you just as soon as the baby is born.  Typically daddy or other family member will contact the studio within a day of the birth to schedule the newborn session.

Do you provide props, such as hats or baskets, to use during the session?

I do have a lot of props that we can use , but I also love adding personal touches to each session.

 Where would my newborn session take place. 

In the comfort of your own home or my studio .

Who should be in the session?

I will capture plenty of pictures of your newborn baby by himself/herself, but I want to include the whole family in these joyous pictures. I like to include mom, dad, and siblings too. If possible, I try to get pictures of the baby with each member of the family individually and a group photo of the whole family together.

What should my baby wear for this session?

A cute outfit is nice, but the most striking newborn photos are often bare.  For girls, headbands and bows are nice, but the old adage “less is more” is often true with newborn sessions. The newborn session focuses on showing the tiny details of your new baby (their hands, feet, etc.), and their small size.

How long does a session last?

Newborn sessions often run long due to multiple feedings and snuggling so expect a minimum of 2 hours. I do not rush the sessions and I let baby take as many breaks as needed.  Baby’s comfort and safety is my number one priority. Maternity sessions last approximately 1 hour long. Maternity and family sessions are about 1 hour long.

Can I request certain poses or shots I’ve seen on other photography sites?

Yes, you can. I will make every attempt to get you what you want in terms of poses; however there are certain poses that are, in my opinion, unsafe and pose harm to the baby. These poses, I will not do. Again, baby is my number one priority.

 Fairfax County newborn photographer

Newborn photographer Fairfax County

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  • Stephanie - I am due 6/26! I would love to chat about newborn pictures!


Andrea Friedman specializes in portrait photography including maternity photography, newborn photography, children and family photography. Andrea Friedman Photography primary serves families located in Fairfax County and Loudoun County : Chantilly, Herdon, Reston, Vienna, Tysons Corner, Great Falls, Falls Church, Fairfax, Centreville, Manassas, McLean, Leesburg, Ashburn and other surrounding areas.