Because the window for newborn sessions is so short, it is best to book a date before your baby is born. Personally, I accept as many last minute newborn bookings as I can manage with my schedule, but sometimes it's hard to squeeze someone in. As it turns out, my mum didn't have the opportunity to travel to a studio while I was a newborn, and just thought she had skipped the window of opportunity to get baby pictures altogether. Because there is not so much posing involved many photographers will offer lifestyle newborn photography sessions up to six or even eight weeks after your baby has been born.
It is also possible that other photographers will offer a different type of session for older newborns, where they focus on poses that are appropriate once the baby is more alert and less flexible. This is because preterm newborns have had extra time to gain weight and adjust to life with their family outside the NICU. When you start researching posed newborn photography, you will find that many photographers only offer newborn sessions that are two weeks old or younger. The more asleep your newborn is, the easier it will be to adjust their poses and photograph them unclothed to capture some of those classic newborn photo ideas you've been looking at for inspiration.
If you have any questions or want to talk to me about photographing your older newborn, get in touch to see if I can help. Apart from all this, it takes a great photographer to be able to photograph newborns and babies beautifully. Then there are the pregnant women who didn't book a newborn photo session because they weren't sure if the blocking restrictions would be lifted and ended up booking a newborn photography session after their newborn had arrived home from the hospital, but well beyond the typical 6-14 day time frame, as I usually book 4 weeks in advance. However, it is possible to create beautiful posed newborn photographs after two weeks of age, and many photographers (myself included) will photograph babies who are older.