Having a new baby is such a joyous occassion. It is fascinating to think we were all little and helpless once, and sleeping all day. So cute and tiny and innocent. It doesn't last long though! Newborns grow quickly and often by three weeks they are out of the sleepy phase and become very active. Active babies are wonderful, don't get me wrong, but they are not the easiest to photograph.
The very best time for newborn photos is when the baby is 7 to 14 days old. They tend to be sleepy and easy to pose. It can be chaotic to have a newborn, and you will have a hard time keeping up on housework. It is okay though! You have a new life to take care of, and your photographer knows that. Many beautiful shoots are done in messy master bedrooms where mom and baby have been holed up breastfeding for days at a time. It is the baby's most comfortable envirnoment.
My photographer came when our house was quite messy, but my husband and I cleaned up around the bed and opened the curtains, and we got some really beautiful pictures that we will cherish forever. I am glad she did not allow me to reschedule when the day before I just felt like it would be too much for me to deal with while having a new baby. I had wanted to reschedule until the next week, but she said it would no longer be newborn photos, it would be baby pictures. I will never forget that. So we did it anyways and I have no regrets.