10 Tips for a DIY Baby Photo Shoot
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For all the mamarazzis out there, this is for you! Whether you're photographing your newborn or documenting your infant's monthly growth, these 10 tips for a DIY baby photo shoot will inspire you to create images that your family will cherish forever.
Tips and Tricks for Your DIY Baby Photo Shoot
There’s a reason why professional newborn and baby photography cost so much… it’s hard work! But just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. If you’re a mamarazzi like me, a DIY baby photo shoot is likely something you’ve attempted. With a fair amount of knowledge in photography and a few, simple props, you can create images that your family will cherish forever. Just be sure to always keep baby’s safety a priority!
DIY Baby Photo Shoot Essentials
Before you set the stage, there are a few essentials you’ll need for your DIY baby photo shoot. First, you’ll need great lighting. Because you’re likely shooting indoors, make sure you have a well lit area. Natural light is best, but if using artificial, stay clear of color casts. High quality, clear light bulbs are a must. You’ll need pillows/cushions to help position baby too. The Boppy is a great for breastfeeding, but also as a solution to photographing a sleeping newborn. And since we all love a naked baby, a small heating pad (on the lowest setting!) is essential for catching your desired shots without waking baby up.
A staple for baby photo shoot, a beautiful basket can help create baby images you’ll love. Look for baskets that serves as more than just a vessel. This open weave basket would be perfect for tiny toes pooping out or a glance at the infant inside. A basket adorned with a chalkboard label is be a great way to announce baby’s name, weight or date of birth. Play with size and openings too, like with this serving tray basket that allows you to photograph the baby in various positions.
Throws and Blankets
When shooting a newborn or young baby, they’re very likely laying down. Consider the type of throws or blankets you’ll use when designing your DIY photo shoot. Find beautiful blankets with various textures. Knit throws, like the one above, give a solid background with a hint of texture and a great base for additional layers. Crocheted blankets, shag or faux fur are also fun choices.
Using chalkboards in your DIY baby photo shoot is a great way to keep track of all the details we often forget. Large, ornate chalkboards can be a great way to announce baby’s name, birth weight, etc. Silly mustache chalkboard decals are fun as props, too! And for when baby is bigger, easels are also a great addition to a photo shoot.
A Special Stuffed Animal
For those who want to shoot monthly DIY baby photo shoots—to document baby’s growth or because you just can’t help yourself—claim a special stuffed animal to use as a marker of growth over the coming months. It’s fun to watch as your little one grows in relation to the stuffed animals, and then how they choose to interact with their special toy. This classic teddy bear from Melissa & Doug would be a beautiful photo shoot prop!
Baby Girl Accessories
There’s nothing cuter than a baby, but add a few accessories, and your DIY baby photo shoot becomes one of a kind. Baby girls have a plethora of accessories to choose from these days—from a darling infant beaded necklace to the most adorable knitted crown and bootie set. You might even want to keep it simple with a classic infant flower headband.
Baby Boy Accessories
Not to be forgotten, baby boys love their accessories too! Bow ties are all the rage, varying from fabric, striped bow tie to knitted versions (like this one from Target that comes with cute kicks!). Beanies also come in a huge variety, but this simple teddy bear eared newborn beanie might be the perfect choice.
Adult Sized Knitted Beanie
This women’s knitted beanie won’t fit your baby’s head for many, many years, but try using it as a cocoon and you’ve got the a fun photo prop that also keep her warm during the shoot.
Whether for inspiration or as props, including your favorite children’s book is a smart move for a DIY baby photo shoot that is unique to you. Get ideas for color schemes, or simply have them stacked in the image frame. The presence of your favorite children’s books creates nostalgia and an image that you’ll love to look back on.
There’s nothing cuter than a naked newborn, but if you’ve tried photographing one, you know it’s not as easy as the professionals make it look. Keep fashionable swaddles handy for when your little one refuses to show flesh. Keep them calm and warm before laying them down, then slowly attempt to remove bits of the swaddle from the frame. Using muslin swaddles, like these from aden + anais, add beautiful texture too.
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