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For months and weeks and days leading up to Rock’s birth I spent so much time on Pinterest looking at all the newborn photo ideas. I read a lot of articles, too, trying to get as many tips as I could.
So I want to take a minute and share some tips that I found really helpful, some that I wish I would have listened to and some that I wish I would have known before I started my own photo shoot with Little Rock.
I wasn’t planning on buying a boppy pillow this time around (I didn’t use it much last time) so I didn’t want to buy one just for this photo shoot. However, one day, about a week before Rock was born my sister and I were walking through Walmart with the kids. Pep knocked down a stuffed animal and as I went to fix it a big moose fell off the shelf. My sister and I at the same time yelled, “A moose!” I think we had everyone in the toy section staring but we were so excited about this giant moose! I had to get it, of course. Then when I brought it home I realized I needed to justify this purchase. Well, as much as anyone needs to justify a giant moose stuffed animal.
I figured this moose will work perfectly to prop Rock up on for his photos. I could just throw a blanket over it and use it in place of the suggested boppy.
I half suggest this option.
It worked. But if you want the “just like Pinterest” photos spring for the boppy.
I found this was not something I could really plan ahead for. I read that getting the photos between 7-10 days old was the best window. That was about the extent of how much I planned for this. And by that I mean that baby’s are UNPREDICTABLE. I can only imagine how much more difficult this would be if I were to bring baby to the a photographer and just hope he’s in a good mood when we get there.
If you notice baby is in a good mood act fast and get things set up. Side note- having all your stuff (blankets, boppy, giant moose, etc) ready for the photo shoot will make this easier.
A Second Set of Hands
I really think you need this. Now, based on the Act Fast tip up there there I am sure that not everyone can have that second set of hands. If I had Shane’s help I probably could have done even more. But I am thankful for my 7 year old who was there to help me prop up baby. There were times I needed him to put his hand behind Rock or tilt his leg over, etc. There are just so many reasons that a second set of hands can be helpful.
Lighting, Lighting, Lighting
Did I mention how important lighting is?
Find a spot in your house that has great natural light. Find a few actually. And then pay attention to what time of day that lighting is great right in that spot. Then when baby is in a good mood (or sleeping!) go to the best spot for that time of day. You will be so glad you paid attention to this. It may be such a simple detail but it makes such a difference!
Blankets, Props, and Back Drops
For my newborn photo shoot I had pictured in my mind a light and airy looking photo. I love bright photos. I had two directions I could have gone: a white blanket or a white backdrop. My walls in my home were yellowish so I knew I didn’t want that to be the background to my photos.
I chose this backdrop. It is simple but adds a different texture to my photos. I like how it has white brick for the wall but lays on the floor for a wooden floor look. This may not be your style. But I really liked it.
I do wish I would have been able to get some sort of basket or crate to put baby in. I had been looking around for one but never really found exactly what I was picturing in my mind. So I just left it out.
I also used a black poncho I got in my FabFitFun box. I love the color of it and it just looks like a regular blanket when it’s wrapped up under Rock.
If you choose to use a blanket to put baby in instead of a backdrop be mindful of what you will see beyond baby. You can throw the blanket up over some pillows or even a laundry basket. Just to make it so the blanket is also behind baby. This will eliminate any background distractions.
What would a photo shoot be without a camera? I LOVE my camera. It’s great for beginners and as I learn more about photography it becomes what I need it to be. I guess you could say my camera is a great one for an aspiring photographer to grow into. It’s also great for a mom who just wants some great shots of her kids! I wrote a whole post about my camera and if you’re looking for a great, affordable camera I suggest you take a look!
Have you done your own newborn photography shoots? What are some useful tips you can share with us? Did you follow a theme? Did you buy products specifically for the shoot or use things you already had around the house? Share with us! Drop a photo in the comments below if you’d like to show us!
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