*For helpful tips and tricks with newborn photography check out my post here.*
When I first had Hailey I knew I would be the one taking her newborn photos. We were on a tight budget, and I felt I had a decent enough camera and skills to make it happen.
Looking back now there would be a lot of things I would’ve done differently. However, one thing I would not have changed is the setup.
I wanted it to be simple, sweet and more natural looking.
We had been gifted an old bassinet from a friend who had no use for it and it’s such a darling little piece. It’s not in perfect shape, but it has held three babies before Hailey. It has a lot of love and character with it, and I love it.
I laid a blanket folded underneath where her head would be propped up to give her a little angle for the photos, and it added a little extra warmth and cushion too.
For the blanket that would be seen underneath I wanted it to be solid and white. Having the solid color blanket will help draw the attention to the baby and not the blanket itself.
I see other people use handmade blankets which adds a nice texture to the photos, and it still keeps the focus on the baby.
So the setting was down and the next biggest thing to look for is lighting. Hailey had a nice window right beside the bassinet that gave a decent amount of natural light.
If you’re new to the photography world having a good source of natural light can make a huge difference.
If you’re unsure when is the best time of day for lighting just periodically look into that room to see when the light is the strongest.
This will also help you decide if it would be more beneficial to move to another space in your home with better lighting.
The nest step, and probably most basic was finding the outfit and props.
My biggest advice is to go simple and sweet.
Newborns are cranky. They want to be held, a lot and when they are sleeping you usually want to just let them be.
If they’re awake they are typically hungry. Newborn photography is not for the faint of heart, to say the least. Don’t add extra stress on yourself and the little one.
I just grabbed some long pearls, an adorable outfit off Etsy, and stuffed animals that were gifts.
I highly suggest getting the pictures and poses you specifically want first. You don’t want to miss out on your most wanted photos if the baby gets too cranky.
To see the final results and more on my how-to for editing check out my post here.
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