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How to Take Newborn Photos at Home

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How to Take Newborn Photos at Home

How to Take Newborn Photos at Home

How to Take Newborn Photos at Home

Most parents wonder if they should get their newborn photoshoot done themselves or hire a professional to do it.

They see a lot of newborn photos and ponder if they have the expertise to produce a result just as good.

Parents who have found themselves in this position and have gone ahead with the photoshoot come to discover that having a newborn photos taken themselves is not as overwhelming as it first appears to be.

Of course, there are certain things you would need to be aware of, especially as they regard your baby's safety. You would also need to know some newborn photography tips and tricks for the best results. When you do, you will go on to have the photo shoot of your life not to mention saving yourself the high $150 to $300 an hour fee that could better be spent on other items for your baby.

When Should a Newborn Photoshoot Occur?

The best time to take a newborn photoshoot is seven to ten days after your due date. That is a week or more after you put to bed and no later than two weeks. If you wait longer than that, you will find that your baby starts to lose some of his newborn essence and the main purpose of the photoshoot might end up being lost.

How to take newborn photos

How to take newborn photos

How to Take Newborn Photos at Home

If you have decided to have your newborn photoshoot done yourself, then here are a few things you should know to get things running smoothly.

First, off you should know that while some adorable pictures will bring those heartfelt tears to the eyes years from now, a baby's safety is paramount.

Here are some safety measures recommended for newborn photoshoots;

- A newborn's eyes are sensitive, not as developed as an adult's, and exposure to bright light like the one from a camera flash could actually cause some damage to his eyes.

- Some poses look cute in pictures but could be harmful to your baby. You want to keep the poses as natural as possible.

- Let her have a full stomach; she's likely to be more cooperative when not hungry. However, don't overfeed her to have her sleep off.

- If you'll be holding her at a tough angle, then have a spotter or assistant around to help hold her. You don't want to struggle to do it all yourself. You can always edit the assistant's hands out in post-production.

That being said, here are five tips that will help during your newborn's photoshoot during your newborn photoshoot:

How to take newborn photos

How to take newborn photos

1) Look for The Perfect Location (s)

A lot of spots might look ideal for a newborn photoshoot, but the perfect locations should be ones that have the best and most natural lighting -the sun.

You might want to take mock shots at a few places around your house to gauge the lighting in these spots beforehand.

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You should also take a few shots from different angles to see how they turn out, that way you can eliminate unfit ones and also get a feel of how the shoot will turn out

2) Get Your Studio Set Up

Once you decide on the spots you to be used, you want to get started setting it up.

You might need to move some stuff around and also take some things away completely, whatever it takes to achieve that perfect scene.

How to take newborn photos

How to take newborn photos

3) Get Your Props and Accessories Ready

You also want to get every prop and accessories you'll be needing ready and set before the big day. This way, you aren't under pressure in the day or hours leading up to the shoot.

For this shoot, you really don't need so many stuff. Remember, your baby is the star of the event. And although the right accessories will add to the moment, you really don't have to go overboard.

The main items needed for that perfect newborn photoshoot include:

- A good camera for newborn photography

- Newborn posing beanbag

- Baskets or buckets (to place your baby in and one of each or even just one of the items will do)

- Wraps and blankets (to swaddling her in)

- One or more little outfits

- Baby hats and headbands

4) Get Every Other Thing Ready

Other things would also need to be thought of and put in place before the big day and these include getting the environment comfortable for your baby.

You want to get the room as warm as possible, especially if you are going to be taking a few shots with her in her au naturel state. A central heater can work just fine to get the job done or you could just use a heating pad to get the spot warmed and remove before placing your baby.

You also want to ensure she's fed just before the shoot as an empty stomach might make her cranky.

Waiting until she's asleep, will also work in your favor to make the shoot go smoothly, with you needing only to adjust her to the poses you want. You can play some soft music or use some white noise machine to gently lure her to sleep.

5) Take the Shots

You should take a few shots from different angles and positions during the photoshoot; some up close and some full-body shots.

Once you start shooting, you want to take a lot of pictures in different positions and from different angles.

Doing so will ensure you have a lot of options to choose from afterward and you can select the very best.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Farrah Young


Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on November 06, 2020:



Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on November 06, 2020:

Farah, you're welcome and thanks.

Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on November 06, 2020:

@Sp Greaney

Yea, taking baby photos yourself is always a fun activity.

I have a lot of my daughter's taken when she was a newborn.

Thanks for stopping by.

Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on November 06, 2020:

@ Miebakagh Fiberesima

Babies are really smart. Your daughter seems to be a born fashionista. Lol

Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on November 06, 2020:

Thanks, @Liz Westwood

I'm glad you found it helpful.

JEREMIAH MWANIKI KILUNDA from Nairobi on November 06, 2020:

Good advice

Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 27, 2020:

I think this is good advice for mom or dad. While professional photos always look great, if you have a good smart phone, you can try and do a few yourself whenthr baby is relaxed and fed like you mention above.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 27, 2020:

When my last daughter was born, I took her pictures while she was asleep, or play, or her mom breast feeding her. These I used to write and article or two. It seems she understand the images later as she turns 6 months, and whenever she saw a camera with me, she's ready for a pose 'click.' Thanks for sharing.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 27, 2020:

This is a very helpful and interesting article. I wish I had read this before taking photos of our children and grandchildren as babies. You give useful guidance.

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