Monday, November 12, 2012

DIY Newborn Photo Session


Last weekend my family got together and took my new nephew Oliver's newborn photos, this is our second newborn session that we have done on our own. Violet's was our first one and we got a lot of tips from Inspire Me Baby on Pinterest, We learned a lot from Violet's and we felt prepared for Oliver's. I am going to show you pictures from both shoots.


  • Adorable squishy newborn, within 10 days of birth
  • Camera, no flash
  • Plenty of props and backgrounds
  • As much natural light as possible
  • Plenty of people to hold backgrounds
  • Patience
The first thing you need to do is turn on or jack up your heat. We also use a heating pad to put under the baby to keep them snugly warm.

For the camera we use my Dad's fancy pants DSLR camera but I think you could still get great photos with a point and shoot. I take all of Violet's weekly photos and most of her other ones with my point and shoot. So you can use the camera you have.

This is the basic set up below. Also for safety, make sure someone is always within reach of the baby even though they are not mobile you want to be cautious.

A pacifier is super handy if the baby takes it, we set up a shot, lay down the baby and sometimes give the pacifier to settle them down. Another hint is to lay the baby down and to snuggle them a bit, or put your hands around them so they feel safe.
Isn't he the cutest little gnome? Switch up angles to get a variety of poses to choose from.

Take close ups of feet and hands.


We didn't use the flash for any of these pictures. It is hard and you may have to play around but you need natural light without creating shadows across the baby.

My favorite of Oliver.

My favorite of Violet. The earrings were my grandmothers and Violet's middle name Jane is in honor of her. I also wore the earrings on my wedding day so they are very special. My advice, use props that mean something to you. You will treasure the pictures even more.

I am not an expert and doing our own newborn photo shoots were born out of the desire not to spend a small fortune. With me staying home we did not have the money to spend on a professional photographer. I encourage you to try on your own. I am so happy with how both sets of photos turned out.

Here are some more photos, you can never have enough cute babies!




This one was Violet's birth announcement photo. To put her in the flower pot, we used receiving blankets and then put her in and used the dyed cheesecloth to support her.

I hope this gave you a good idea of a DIY newborn photo session. I have become a photo taking junkie be prepared to be addicted to taking photos! You can see my DIY Baby Pumpkin tutorial here.


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  1. SO much Cute in one post!! What a great way to start my day :)

    Love the sleepy fisher baby!

  2. omg. the fishing pole and little vest? AND ADORABLE SQUISHY SLEEPING BABY!? Love it all. Adorable! you're right. you don't always need a fancy pants DSLR camera! after all, it's not so much the CAMERA as it is the photographer behind it! thanks so much for linking up again this week! have a great week!

  3. Yay...too cute! So professional and cost almost nothing!
    Love the dog licking the baby! :)


  4. Great Job! I love to take photos myself too specially photos of my baby. I hate to pay $$$ for a professional photographer if I can do it myself. This photos looks awesome!


  5. Cute!! Iam a new follower from the Mommy Moments Blog Hop! I would love to have you join me! :D

  6. I so wish I has seen this a few months ago! We too didn't have the money for professional pictures and I would have loved to do this.I regret not having newborn pictures! Definitely doing this for the next one

  7. Great ideas. I love newborns!! new follower from the hop, would love a follow back.

  8. Wow! You did good!!! Thanks for linking up!

    The Mrs
    Co - Host of the Mommy Moments link up

  9. What a great job!never thought to look up photography tips!

  10. These are so cute. I just got done taking pictures of my friends new baby box. Check it out on my blog with the title of this post...Meet Jax!

  11. These are so adorable!! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

  12. Thanks for sharing this post with us! Wonderful tips here :) Now I just need to get my hands on a newborn...

  13. Those babies are so precious!! Beautiful photos!

  14. Wow! I love those pictures! I never knew to put a heating pad under the blanket fantastic tip, thanks so much for linking up on Super Sweet Saturday.

  15. Cute pictures! I hopped over from Fox Hollow! Pinned!

  16. Such a sweet photo session. Thanks for linking it up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

  17. i'm in love with the gnome and the fisherman and the flower pot!!!

  18. Wow gorgeous pictures and adorable baby!!! Love the Minnie Mouse!Thanks so much for sharing!
    Happy weekend !

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  19. Cuteness overload!!! I am definitely going to use these tips sometime very soon. :) Thanks for sharing!

  20. I must say these are beautiful photos. I must pin them to my babies board!!

  21. Sorry I forgot to ask you whether you would like to write a blog post on my site?

  22. Oh my gosh, how tiny!!! The pictures are great!!

    I'm visiting from the Raising Imperfection Hop.

  23. Great ideas! I love that little fishing pole and vest one....too cute!!

    Thanks for partying with us at Keep Calm & Link Up last week! Our party is starting a tad later this Thursday evening at 9 PM EST! Come join us when you get a chance sometime this weekend...can't wait to see what you've been working on.
    xo, Meredith @

  24. They are so adorable! Love 'em! Thanks for sharing at our party this weekend!

  25. Wow that would be a nice contest, all these new born baby pictures are really nice and cute.

  26. AWWW! So adorable! Thanks for linking this super cute post at
    xoxo to the cute little angels. :)


  27. Oh my cuteness!! You do amazing work!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Artsy Corner. Hope to see you again this week! :)

  28. These are so creative and cute! Thanks for linking up with Mommy Moments!

  29. The baby looks cute and the chapter is really creative. Those pictures suits for wallpaper. I like that fishing picture…

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  31. One thing you should amend, just because it could be dangerous, the heating pad can warm the blanket BEFORE baby goes on it but never put baby directly onto a heat pad. I also dont think putting baby into a pot without safety advice or proper training is a good idea. most photographers photoshop photos and baby is being held in complicated prop photos and hands are removed. Which you cant do DIY but it would be best to stick to things that wont harm baby. Youd be surprised how strong some newborns are.

  32. I agree with the comment made below, and some of these images just look totally unsafe.


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