When I book newborn sessions into my diary I always leave 3 and a half hours between them and my next session of the day. Babies that have just entered into the world (well any baby really,) can be so unpredictable. You never know how they are going to be when they come through the studio door regardless of what day it is or what time it is. And therefore I give up to 3 hours on all newborn sessions so that we have plenty of time to get the best shots possible.
From experience newborn sessions tend to work better in the morning. Probably because they have kept their parents up most of the night and now they are tired themselves. If I have a really busy week I will allow 2 newborn sessions per day, meaning that one of those will be in the afternoon after my first shoot.
Baby Cleo came in to see me this month and her shoot started at 1:30pm, the later appointment. And what a dream she was! I could not have asked for a more well behaved newborn and could have taken her photos all day long. It is very rare you get a baby that will stay sound a sleep throughout moving them around, but Cleo made her parents proud and they were out of the door by 2:30pm …. now if only all babies were like that 😉
Here are some of my favorites from her session.