When you have a baby in the NICU, your experience of having that teeny tiny brand new baby is so vastly different than full termers who get to go home right away after birth. A lot of photographers who specialize in newborn portraits specify that they won’t do newborn sessions past a certain age, often 10-14 days is the usual limit as babies become older and more alert. I, on the other hand, don’t have this rule. While I prefer full-termers in an ideal situation to be between 5-12 days, it’s not a deal breaker for me at all. And especially when I have babes who have just graduated from the NICU after being born considerably early, whatever their age is at discharge, I will still attempt and succeed at doing a newborn session with them. All parents deserve beautiful newborn portraits and I think parents of NICU babies even more so. This is their first ‘normal’ experience with bringing a baby home and I’m always so honored when parents come to me post-NICU, especially when they haven’t met me before, because they know I have extensive experience working with preemies.
Introducing Sophia (light pink) and Stella (dark pink), identical ‘momo‘ twins who I had the privilege of photographing at 6 weeks old, a full two weeks before their due date! With MoMo twins, the doctors make the decision to intentionally deliver early to keep the babies safe from entangling their cords with each other so these parents know ahead of time they will be in the NICU, just not for how long (no one ever knows that). Their momma saw me on the Today Show in April and remembered my information, so I was delighted to be able to get them into the studio once they were discharged. And these angels, oh they were brilliant for me. Slept so sweet and deeply, I couldn’t have asked for it to go any better. I used my tricks to help keep them asleep and they were just amazing.
So NICU moms and dads, I know that you may think newborn portraits may be out of the picture for you because your babe will be older when they get out, but I would love to show you that’s just not the case at all. My only request is that babies come to the studio within approx 10 days of discharge because they’ll still be in that sleepy mode, once they get home they’ll perk up and become quite alert in this new world they’re in. I always do my best to work in discharges to my schedule, so please email me at email@example.com or call me during business hours at 913-620-6295 if you’d like more info!
Here are some of my faves from Stella and Sophia’s session. Cheers!