December 28, 2022

What if My Baby Won't Sleep for His Newborn Session?

newborn photography, newborns

What if my baby is wide awake?


You've been dreaming of your baby's newborn sweet, sleepy photo session for at least six months, and now that it's here, baby's got a major case of FOMO and doesn't want to close her eyes! What now?


It's totally okay! If baby is awake but calm, we'll proceed with the session and capture those bright eyes and silly expressions. If baby is awake but unsettled, we may reschedule. But before we resort to panicking and rescheduling, I've got a few tricks up my sleeves that may help (especially if you followed the prep guide before your session), and if she's still unhappy or unsettled, it's really, truly okay to come back another day.


Side note: wide awake photos can be adorable, too! Here are a few of my favorites.

Newborn girl awake on pink background, taken by Jen Knightstep, Photographer
Newborn boy awake on blue background, taken by Jen Knightstep, Photographer
Newborn girl awake with teddy bears, taken by Jen Knightstep, Photographer
Newborn girl awake on pink background, taken by Jen Knightstep, Photographer