Monday, September 24, 2012

DIY: Pumpkin Photo Shoot

I will admit I am a sucker for newborn photos, big headbands and any photo of Violet in general. I wanted a newborn photo shoot for her in the worst way but I just couldn't justify the money. What is a crafty mama to do? Well a DIY photo shoot of course. Over the last six months my mom and I have become pretty proficient in infant photography. By no means are we close to professional photographers but we get the job done with small budget for props.

Today I am sharing with you a photo that we recreated from Pinterest, we saw this pin while I was pregnant last fall. Pin Source: Enjoy this moment blog.

Supplies:

  • Cute Baby
  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin carving tools
  • Festive Fall headband & desired Fall props
  • Camera
  • Toys to make baby smile, foolish songs and general silliness tend to work as well
Mom and I carved the pumpkin. Well to be fair she carved I watched. I did carry the 35lb pumpkin to the counter, that counts, right?
We scooped out all the seeds and cut two leg holes. Next we stripped Violet down to her diaper. We put a receiving blanket in the pumpkin so she wasn't sitting in the cold slimy pumpkin. I was a little nervous that she would freak out in the pumpkin but it didn't seem to phase her.
My mom took the pictures with my Dad's fancy pants camera but a point and shoot works just fine too.
Here is a behind the scenes look at what it takes to get photos.
We tried photos on my back porch and front porch, in between our little model had a nap and a bottle. My biggest tip in taking infant photos is be flexible and take breaks. If you are frustrated, baby will sense it and quickly meltdown.
Here are our finished products. I do think the camera lens was the wrong one as a lot of the pictures came out blurry but I think they are still cute.
See that spider she is chomping on? Ten seconds after this picture was taken, Nana ( my mom) was fishing a bead out of her mouth Violet managed to chew off.
I took this one with my camera in between shots. This picture is pure Violet, chill baby girl wondering what the big people are doing now.
Violet did not want to give up a smile and I think it was because we were outside and she was distracted by the trees and noises. I am sure my neighbors think we are crazy but I can live with that.
My nephew is due in a few weeks and we are going to do a newborn shoot with him so I will be doing a newborn DIY photo shoot tutorial in the coming weeks. I am excited to do his because we learned a lot from Violet's, plus I won't be recovering from a c-section.
Tips for DIY Infant Photos:
  • Be flexible
  • It takes more than one person to photo, entertain the baby, stand near baby in case of a fall and of course someone to capture behind the scene photos...they are funny.
  • Have multiple props/headbands, etc. Sometimes a look doesn't work or you will like one over the other, switch it up.
  • Give baby breaks, step away and try again. We had the front porch set up for over an hour, waiting for Violet to nap and eat.
  • Be aware of the sun and shadows. My porch wasn't the best area for the photos, my Dad held a blanket up for some of the shots so there weren't steaks of light going across Violet.
  • Have toys, songs and such to help make baby smile.
  • Snap, snap, and snap some more. Sometimes those pictures without smiles reflect little one's personality the best.
  • Have fun!
Happy Fall photo shoots!
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61 comments:

  1. AHHHHH!! I freaking LOVE this!!!! I think I'm going to have to go out and do this with Maclane immediately. Thank you so much for linking up! This might be one of my favorites this week!!

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  2. This is the best stinking idea EVER! I'm DYING to try it now the next time my mom comes to visit (she's my photo helper too!). Except I have no idea where to get a pumpkin big enough for my giant baby hahaha :)

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  3. Ok, I may just have to squeeze my chubster in a pumpkin! So cute!

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  4. THIS IS SO precious!!! I love this. I can't wait to have a cute little baby for adorable photo shoots like this one :)

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  5. This is tooo cute! And great tips! Wish I had a cute tot like this one to photograph!

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  6. OMgosh... too cute! I'your newest follower and have enjoyed what I've seen so far! Hope you will follow me back!
    Be blessed,
    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk
    www.heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com

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  7. Just the most adorable thing I've seen in quite a while! Oh I wish mine were small again so I could put them in a pumpkin and photo them! Your Violet is just too sweet for words!~ Thanks for linking a tip toe thru tuesday!
    xoxo
    Kim

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  8. Awww, so cute! I wish I had seen this when my girls were babies :)

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  9. haha, so cute! We did this last year with my son when he was about 2 months old. He was NOT happy to be in there, but the pics are priceless! :)

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  10. That is just so precious!!
    *visiting from Emily's blog :)

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  11. That is a great idea! I didn't do it when my boys were young, but I love the pictures. Great tips too!

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  12. Ha, that is so adorable! Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru Tuesday. Have a great week.

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  13. I love this and am tweeting it now! Would love to have photos like this with my little girl. How festive and adorable!

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  14. OH. MY. GOODNESS!!! This is the cutest halloween / Fall photo EVER!!! Definitely featuring you on Wednesday--- You're a STAR at I Gotta Create! Thanks so much for linking up at the party!

    <3 Christina

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  15. OMGoodness, the one of her in the spidery headband thing is absolutely adorable! Perfect expression. =)

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  16. This is great! Pinning it. Following you from Come Flock Together Linky Party. Hope you'll visit my blog sometime.

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  17. Oh my! This is seriously the cutest! I'm pinning it too!

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  18. That is the cutest thing! I wonder if I could get my daughter to fit and sit still in a pumpkin... she may be a little too old now but I can try, right?! LOVE! I would love if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday party :) I hope to see you there and thank you so much for sharing! http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-12/

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  19. Oh my lands how adorable!! Thanks so much for sharing with us today at Link it Up Thursday! I had to share on my FB page.:)

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  20. Aww...makes me wish my babies were still babies!

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  21. absolutely adorable! featuring this tonight on our FB page!! ;) Thanks for sharing at our Uncommonly Yours link party!

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  22. Okay that may be the cutest picture ever. I especially love everyone else taking pictures too. Such a cute idea. I'm your newest follower. I would love for you to come check out my blog when you have a minute at http://sister-number-5.blogspot.com

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  23. Adorable! Visiting from Kaminski's Creations!

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  24. OMG Leslie! That is so adorable! Love it! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! =)

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  25. Your daughter is adorable, and this is such a cute idea!

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  26. this is too funny. i love it. love the spider prop too. i wanted to do this with my daughter, but her birthday was Oct. 5, so by the time she was 1, she was a little too big. i think pumpkins look so great in any picture. we go to the pumpkin patch every year, and i just love looking at all the photos afterward.

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  27. So adorable!!! Thanks for sharing tutorial! A brilliant idea!
    I'd love for you to visit my blog

    Hugs from Portugal.

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  28. She looks completely at home! Adorable. My weekly linky party--One Creative Weekend--has gone spooky this week in honor of my thirteenth party. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit "One Creative Weekend" on OneCreativeMommy.com (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. (You can include non-Halloween posts as well, but feel free to link up as many Halloween-themed posts as you like.)

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  29. this must be the cutest thing I have ever seen....you are a A+ mommy...wishing you years of happiness and more fabulous photo sessions...have a great weekend!

    enjoy *~*

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  30. The cutest thing ever! What a great idea. Very creative mommy. Can that baby be any cuter.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Seriously.. this is the cutest Halloween picture EVER! Bet she had a ton of fun sitting in the pumpkin too!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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  32. That is a really cute idea...I'll bet you made some memories in the process too!
    Thanks for linkng up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  33. I am SO doing this with my next baby! So cute!! I am loving all of the cute things on your blog! I am a new follower and I would love for you to visit me and join as well!

    riversrecipereview.blogspot.com

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  34. oh my! That is the cutest pumpkin ever! Those pictures definitely made me smile today!

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  35. So cute! We almost did this but the little one wasn't quite steady enough...

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  36. OMGosh! She is so cute! Great idea. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Nifty Thrifty. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  37. She's a doll! I love the pumpkin shots :) I would love to have you come share your great ideas at the link party at 'Or so she says...', happening right now. Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  38. Soo adorable! Definitely pinning in my "someday photo ops" board!

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  39. This is absolutely adorable. She doesn't look phased by the whole experience. That's a picture you'll have for a lifetime. Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

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  40. I love this!! I wish I would have seen this when my son was younger:) Thanks for linking up to the Pinterest Challenge!!

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  41. Oh my goodness! How stinkin cute! I wonder if I can squeeze Ryan into a pumpkin haha!! I think I might try:) Be on the look out for my pumpkin pictures!!! Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with Tori!

    tori
    lilmrstori.com

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  42. Shared on Facebook - so cute! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  43. Leslie! This is adorable and so creative!! I'm definitely pinning this and featuring it on my Facebook page! The baby is sooo cute!!
    Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up!

    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar dot net

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  44. Coming over from Boerman Rambling link party! How cute! I have spent a lot on professional photos of my child, but my favorite ones are some that we took with a good ol' point and click. I wish my baby was still small enough to fit in a pumpkin. Even if she was, I highly doubt she would. I'm following your blog now! Check out mine if you get a chance.

    Sarah @ Our Family of Three
    woodsfamilyofthree.blogspot.com

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  45. What a little Cutie!!! Such a fun idea for a photo shoot! Thank you so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation. Just wanted you to know I am going to feature your cute idea tonight on my blog at the link party!
    Jill

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  46. Featuring tonight! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  47. Thanks for linking up on 'Or so she says...', hope to see you again tomorrow for another round of 'Your Great Idea'. www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  48. Super cute! I've never seen this before! I wonder if I could fit my 4, 6, and 8 year olds in a pumpkin still ?!?

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  50. I'm so glad that I'm following you! This is SOOOO cute!!! What a clever idea. Thanks so much for sharing:)

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  51. Very Nice Work...thanks for sharing it..

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