Is taking the time and making the investment for newborn portraits worth it? I can't say ABSOLUTELY enough times here. I don't give that answer as a photographer, I give that answer as a father. We had our oldest 4.5 years ago. When I look back, I can't believe that much time has passed and how different he is now than he was as a newborn and then a baby.
I'm sure as a new parent you probably here "well, time does fly by" about a billion times! Now I look back and wonder, where the heck did the time go? So, a billion and 1 times now, time does fly by, and fast! You get so wrapped up in the details, the sleep deprivation, and all the other little things that you forget to take time and just stare at them and soak all the little things in. Like the tiny spiral on the top of their head, their tiny little toes, the death grip that a newborn can manage when they get a few fingers around your finger, or hair!
One thing I'm really thankful for was that we had the means to capture every little thing and every last minute of his growing up in photographs. I can't, and don't want to even guess at how many images are on our hard drive of our little guy. Now we have a second boy, 5 months old, and we're adding to the hard drive everyday. Now we're investing in prints and canvas wraps to put on our walls. This makes walking my little one to sleep a lot of fun. I get to do it while going down memory lane from the first one.
Once these moments are gone, they are GONE, and they will be SO different the second time around. Our boys are very different indeed. I remember thinking, "I'm going enjoy X even more with the next one". Come to find that he doesn't do X. So that moment is now just a memory. A very good memory.
I can't stress enough the value of documenting these times with your newborn. Have the formal portraits taken professionally so you and your family can enjoy them for decades. Have the linen books made so you can pass down real photos and not hard drives. Drives and technology fail. I still have albums from when I was born in 1977. I even have pics of my great great grandparents from over a hundred years ago. These will never just disappear or fall off the grid, or get erased by accident.
Here are some favorite images from recent sessions. I'm sure these parents will love looking back at these and saying "gosh, it seems like yesterday that you were this small".