This is my newest sister, Aspen. She’s the sweetest little baby, loves to be held, and has smiled since she was less than a month old. My toddler brother adores her and is nearly always lying beside her or kissing her on the top of her head.
I didn’t know much about newborn photography when my last sibling was born, and I thought it was up to the “professionals,” the photographers with the well-lit studios and secret techniques. But the more I looked up “newborn photography” on Digital Photography School and Pinterest (the best place for inspiration), the more I thought, “Hey, I bet I could do that.”
Since my Mom and Dad don’t find out what gender the baby is, it’s always like a birthday present when the baby finally comes. It’s also one of the reasons I was in an excited rush to find every single baby girl prop on Amazon once she was born! Tutus, tiaras, headbands with big flowers…I was going all in on this photoshoot! (A special thanks to my Mom for funding a majority of the props used in the making of this shoot)
The first thing I did was plan what background I wanted. The white background in all of these photos is simply a white bedsheet. I used a toddler bed in my bedroom for a “studio.” Right above the bed is a window which let in beautiful lighting (I did the photoshoot around 10AM while Baby was calm and asleep). To hold Aspen up, I used a pillow underneath the sheet (if your pillow is any other color besides white, you may want to cover it with a white pillowcase so that the color won’t show through the sheet). My Mom, who acted as my assistant, held up the other end of the sheet behind Baby to act as a background.
At one point, Aspen woke up (in a very good mood, thankfully!), and did a “one eye” thing, keeping one eye closed. It wasn’t very pretty, but she soon opened both eyes, which led to some cute photos.
I use PicMonkey for my editing (Photoshop is a little hard to understand at this time). The above photo was put into Black-and-White and faded ever-so-slightly to keep some of the color.
The photo above is my absolute favorite from the photoshoot. I didn’t edit it at all, loving it the way it was taken. She looks like a baby ballerina with her little hands stretched out. I love her expression, her mouth almost a smile, and her bright eyes. She is definitely a beautiful little girl…
I hope she doesn’t ever get tired of my camera lens.
Here are the details for this photoshoot:
A bed, couch or chair works great for an easy set-up. Use pillows to help Baby sit upright, and cover the pillows with a sheet or quilt. I promise, it will look great! If you bought a twin bedsheet pack (I bought one from Walmart for under $10) for the background, don’t forget to toss it in the dryer for a few minutes to smooth out any wrinkles.
If you know the gender of the baby, by all means, go out and buy props immediately. Since I ordered mine, they took longer to be delivered, and I lost a little time. That meant no tiny baby, easily-posed newborn photos. Babies tend to grow out of the easy-posing stage within the first month. After that, they wake up easier and are not as easy to pose, though it is still possible.
Aspen woke up in the middle of the photoshoot and cried for a few minutes. My Mom calmed her down quickly, then set her on the bed again. Be patient if the baby cries, and let mom hold him\her. Crying usually doesn’t last long. Work your photoshoot around the baby’s schedule. This might mean dressing the baby in his\her chosen outfit an hour or two before the photoshoot, just in case he\she falls asleep (but be careful of the outfit if your baby has a tendency to spit up). My Mom dressed Aspen just before the photoshoot while she was sleeping, and she wasn’t disturbed, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
My “studio” isn’t a studio at all. It is, in fact, my bedroom. I have two windows, one of which lets in beautiful lighting no matter the time of day (except for nighttime, of course). I don’t have expensive flashes (yet) or beautiful backgrounds. Even the corner of a room can make a great impromptu studio. Or the kitchen, dining room, living room…Anywhere with good lighting and a good background (or you can set one up like I did).
I’ll be doing a review on the items I used for this photoshoot, so check back soon! Also, I’ll have more baby photos from a new shoot up soon!
Check out my Pinterest board for inspiration for baby photos and set-ups and check out these posts for more tips on newborn and baby photography: