Ashlie Behm


7 Reasons To Book Professional Newborn Photos

light-skinned baby wrapped in a white swaddle with parents hands on head and at feet. Photo taken during professional newborn photo session

Congrats! You’re Pregnant! You just got done telling all of your closest family and friends about your exciting news. Now it’s time to reserve your due date with a photographer for professional newborn photos.

As a newly pregnant person, you’re likely to be consumed with all sorts of new information coming your way. From learning about your growing baby each week, to researching the best childbirth classes, to listing everything you need on your baby registry, to finding the perfect car seat, the list can seem endless. Amidst all the chaos, it can be easy to forget the importance of capturing this momentous time in your life. But, I’m here to remind you that investing in professional newborn photos is one of the most important investments you can make as you prepare to welcome your new baby into the world. 

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light-skinned baby wrapped in a white swaddle with parents hands on head and at feet. Photo taken during professional newborn photo session


Here are some of my top reasons why you should invest in a newborn photography session with me at my Portland Oregon newborn portrait studio:

1. Professional Newborn Photos document a fleeting moment in your life:

Your baby will grow and change faster than you can possibly imagine. (At least that’s been my experience…) And before you know it, they’ll be walking, talking and starting school. Photographs of your new baby show the innocence, vulnerability and pure beauty of your baby in their earliest days. These photos will become cherished memories that you can look back on for many, many years to come.

Double image. Image on left is a full shot of a baby wrapped up in a little white swaddle with hands and feet showing. Photo on the Right is of parents holding baby and looking down. Parents dressed in light neutral tones, colors.

2. They tell a story:

Newborn photographs are not just about a pretty picture, they tell the story of your family’s newest addition. From their tiny fingers and toes to their unique facial expressions, these photos of your baby display their unique qualities and personality. They also help to preserve the memories of this time in your life and the love and happiness you felt as a new parent.

Photo on left is of baby wrapped in white laying on a white blanket. Mom & Dad are looking at baby and holding hands. Their other hands are holding baby. Both parents are dressed in light, neutral tones and colors at their newborn photo session.

3. Professional Newborn Photos are keepsakes for you and your baby:

Newborn photos can be used to create beautiful heirloom keepsakes, such as photo albums, framed fine art prints, and gift prints for the grandparents. These professional quality photo products will not only decorate your home, but they will also serve as a source of cheerfulness for many years to come. They can be passed down from generation to generation, becoming cherished family heirlooms. (I specialize in helping you create heirloom quality artwork of your babies. Click here to see some of the artwork I’ve helped other families create with their images.)Collage of 3 rows of 3 framed photographs up on a wall with a bench underneath and a hat and coat hooks to the side of the gallery wall.

Image of professional newborn baby photos matted in an heirloom album. Album is laying open on top of some other closed albums with beautiful art covers.

Professional Newborn Photos matted and stored in a beautiful linen box.

4. Newborn Photos celebrate the arrival of your baby:

Bringing a new life into the world is a momentous occasion, and a newborn photo session is the perfect way to celebrate this special time. As your Portland Newborn Photographer, I love photographing new parents while you dote on your new baby. These images provide a lasting visual reminder of the amazing journey you’re embarking on.

Photo on left of Mom and Dad dressed in light neutral colors. Dad is holding baby at chest and mom's chest is at baby's head. Dad is kissing Mom's forehead while Mom looks down at baby. Photo on the right is of Mom holding baby at chest with his head in her hands and she is looking down at him at their Portland Newborn Photo Session.

5. They can help with postpartum struggles:

Many new parents experience feelings feelings of anxiety, depression and uncertainty throughout the postpartum period. Having beautiful images of your new baby can serve as a source of comfort and healing during this big, new adjustment in your life. Your baby’s photographs serve as a reminder of the immense amount of love and joy that your baby has brought into your life, and provide a much-needed source of positive energy during this time. 

Light-skinned newborn baby wrapped in a white swaddle with some of it slightly over his head. His hands and feet are out of the swaddle.

6. Professional Newborn Photographers provide a unique perspective:

As a newborn photographer, I have spent years learning, growing and perfecting my craft. I specialize in minimalist newborn photography; showcasing the beauty and personality of your baby, focusing on their tiny little features that make them unique.

Light-skinned newborn baby laying on white backdrop with arm up by head and has a white blanket over chest.

7. A done-for-you-experience:

As a professional newborn photographer, I prioritize making your experience a stress-free & laid back one. I have a feminine client wardrobe with over 60 dresses in a wide variety of sizes. You are welcome to borrow from my wardrobe for your session. I also work with an amazing hair and make-up artist who will come to the studio to pamper you on the day of your session. All you have to do is show up ready to love on your sweet baby and we’ll take care of the rest!

New Mom dressed in a beautiful white dress with small light colored flowers on it. Mom is holding newborn baby wrapped in a white swaddle. Photo on the left Mom is looking down at baby and photo on the right mom is looking at the camera.

8. It’s a great bonding experience:

Having newborn photos taken is a special bonding experience for both you, your partner, older siblings and your baby. During the newborn photography session, you hold, cuddle and connect with your baby, and together we create a set of lasting memories that you all will treasure forever.

Light-skinned man in white button-up shirt & Khaki pants holding newborn baby in white swaddle. Left photo is shot straight on with dad holding baby at chest with head in his hands and he is looking down at baby. Right photo is shot from the side with dad holding baby at chest and head in his hands and he is kissing the top of baby's head.


If you want a lifetime of cherished memories with your new baby, then do yourself a favor and make the investment in hiring a professional newborn photographer. From photographing the beauty and innocence of your baby in their earliest days, to providing a source of comfort and healing during the postpartum period, newborn photos are an essential part of the journey of parenthood. So don’t wait, book your newborn photo session today, and let’s create some beautiful images together. Images you will cherish for a lifetime.


close-up of baby's head and shoulders. light-skinned newborn baby wrapped in white swaddle on a white backdrop with one hand on chest and one hand up by cheek. Posed during his professional newborn photos.

Professional newborn photo of close-up of baby head and chest. baby is laying on a white backdrop with head turned off the shoulder and looking at the camera. Baby is sleeping.

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  1. It really is such a great bonding experience. I think this is an often overlooked “bonus” of having professional newborn photos. Love your work, too!

  2. Stephanie says:

    These are all great reasons to book a newborn photographer – plus your images are gorgeous!

  3. The storytelling aspect is so significant and often one that’s overlooked. Beautiful newborn portraits tell the story of your growing family in a way nothing else can – what a gift that is. Gorgeous work, Ashlie!

    • Ashlie Behm says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Molly. I think it’s why I’m so drawn to newborn photography – it’s such an exciting and important chapter in your family’s story. Thank you so much!

  4. Aleah says:

    Your work is stunning! The done-for-you experience is great for new moms who have so much on their plate!

    • Ashlie Behm says:

      Thank you so much! Yes, I totally agree – it can all feel a little overwhelming in those early postpartum days, so I do my best to make their portrait experience as stress-free as possible!

  5. Courtney says:

    Gorgeous photos! You gave great reasons to hire a newborn photographer. Love it!

  6. Telling a story is the top priority for professional images. Anyone can take a picture. It takes an artist to tell a story. ♡

  7. These are such excellent reasons to book a professional newborn session! I am so glad I got them done for both of my kiddos. 🙂

    • Ashlie Behm says:

      Thank you! I’m also so grateful I invested in another photographer to do my baby’s portraits – I never could have done it myself in those early postpartum days.

  8. These are great reasons to book newborn photos!

  9. Meliza says:

    I love seeing the portraits and then the beautiful printed artwork afterwards – it gives families a great and well rounded idea as to why they would want to book a professional newborn photographer!

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