scuba baby photo by mini MooN on shutterstock

15 DIY Summer Photoshoot Ideas for Baby at Home: Props | Guide | Tips

Create new memories with your baby this summer. The warmth initiates a collection of ventures outside for activities and photo taking. Well, let's look at the 15 best summer photoshoot ideas for your baby.

1. Bath Time

baby bath photo

Kate Bathtime Duck Pink Backdrop Designed by Jia Chan Photography 

Props

  • Flowers
  • Bubble soap
  • A portable bathtub
  • Bath toys

Step-by-step Guide

  • Find a nice spot where you can set up a portable tub outside.
  • Fill it with just enough water to cover your baby's belly, and add a little bubble soap.
  • Lay out any bath toys or decorations you'd like to include.
  • Get the baby ready, then start shooting.

Safety Tips

  • Make sure the water is not burning hot.
  • Never let your child be in the bathtub alone, not even for a moment.

2. Swimming Baby

photo of baby swiming

Photo by Derek Thomson on Unsplash

Props

  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimming pool
  • Floater

Step-by-step Guide

  • Make sure your baby feels the water in the pool at a comfortably warm temperature.
  • Apply sunscreen to them to protect their skin.
  • Make sure you get them into their swimsuit and dress them up in a floater for safety.
  • Now you are ready to take some baby photos.
  • Never leave your baby in the pool alone.
  • Make sure the floater is around them at all times and is secure.

3. Surfboarding Baby

mermaid baby on the beach photo

Kate Summer Seaside Backdrop Floral Surfboard Tree for Photography 

Props

  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Surfboardscreen

Step-by-step Guide

  • The first thing you need to do is find a good place with some sand.
  • Then, dress your baby in a swimsuit and cover them with sunscreen.
  • Now it's time to get on the surfboard.
  • Lean a surfboard against a wall and sit your baby against it with his back resting against the board.
  • Subsequently, perform the technique by turning them onto their stomach and holding onto the board with your hands on their back.
  • Take some photos of your little surfer.

Safety Tips

  • Do not expose yourself to the sun too much.
  • Make sure to apply sunscreen and have your baby in a swimsuit that covers their back and shoulders.
  • If you do use a surfboard, make sure it is propped up well against a wall or some similar object such that it cannot be easily tipped over.

4. Beach Babybaby photo on the beach

Photo by Robert Boston on Unsplash 

Props

  • Blue sheets
  • Beach towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat

Step-by-step Guide

  • Spread the blue sheets on the sand so that you can get the illusion that you are at the beach.
  • Then rub the sunscreen in on the baby's body and dress the baby in their swimsuit.
  • Now it's time to accessorize. Put a hat on your baby, wrap them in a beach towel, and let's go to the beach.
  • Place them on their back or stomach.
  • Take pictures of your baby.

Safety Tips

  • Be sure to apply sunscreen on your baby and reapply it when necessary.

5. Honey, I Packed the Baby!baby photo with Kate Come Fly with Me Cloud Back to School Children Backdrop for Photography Designed by Erin Larkins

Kate Come Fly with Me Cloud Back to School Children Backdrop for Photography Designed by Erin Larkins 

Props

  • Suitcase
  • Swimsuit
  • Beach toys

Step-by-step Guide

  • Fill your hand luggage with what you would need for a day at the beach.
  • Put your little ones in their swimming costumes.
  • Go ahead and get your baby into the suitcase. Set them on top of the packed clothes.
  • You can also put some of the toys around the suitcase.
  • Now let me take some pictures of your cutie.

Safety Tips

  • Do not put the suitcase in a high place where your baby can fall off.

6. Lounging Baby

baby lounging photo

Photo by Valeria Zoncoll on Unsplash

Props

  • Lounge seat
  • A Beach towel
  • Beach shirt
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Step-by-step Guide

  • First, find an appropriate location to place the chaise lounge.
  • Next, you will put some sunscreen on your baby and dress them in their summer clothes.
  • You can now put the baby in the seat. Just ensure you put them comfortably on the seat.
  • Another alternative would be to lay them on a beach towel.
  • Now you'll take some stunning photos of your baby.

Safety Tips

  • Make sure the seat is in a shady spot.
  • Check on your baby often to make sure they're not too hot.

7. Scuba Baby

scuba baby photo

Photo by mini MooN on Shutterstock 

Props

  • Blue sheets
  • Scuba gear
  • Fish toys
  • Swimsuit

Step-by-step Guide

  • First, you will need an underwater illusion. You can achieve this by using the blue sheets.
  • Dress your baby in their swim costume, complete with scuba diving gear.
  • Put them in the center of the blue sheets.
  • You can also add fish toys inside the aquarium.
  • Now shoot pictures of your tiny scuba diver.

Safety Tips

  • Make sure the blue sheets are far from the baby's face.
  • The scuba gear should be not too tight.

8. Sailor Baby

baby photo with Kate Summer Sailor Sailing Blue Backdrop Designed by Emetselch

Kate Summer Sailor Sailing Blue Backdrop Designed by Emetselch 

Props

  • White and blue sheets
  • Sea-themed background
  • Anchor
  • A Sailor suit
  • Boat toys
  • Sailor's Hat

Step-by-step Guide

  • Lay the white and blue sheets on the floor.
  • Hang a blue sheet from a window or door to create a background with a sea theme.
  • Put the baby in the center of the sheets.
  • Put them in the sailor suit and top it off with the sailor hat.
  • You can also surround them with boat toys.
  • Time for some baby photographs now.

Safety Tips

  • Remove toys immediately after taking your baby's photos as they can be choking hazards for babies.
  • Watch out for your baby's movements so they don’t roll off from the sheets.

9. Road Tripphoto of a baby boy in cart

Photo by Blake Meyer on Unsplash 

Props

  • Child Go-Cart
  • Toy cars
  • Summer outfit

Step-by-step Guide

  • First, find a good place to take photos. A park is good.
  • Get them dressed in their summer clothes, and have them sit on the go-cart.
  • Make the atmosphere festive with toy cars.
  • Now it's time to take some photos. You can choose to take pictures of your baby in the car seat or take some shots of them playing with the toy car.

Safety Tips

  • Make sure the go-cart is on level ground to avoid tipping over.

10. Watermelon Baby

photo of baby eating watermelon

Kate Mountain Meadow Summer Sunflowers Backdrop for Photography Designed by Lisa Granden 

Props

  • Watermelon slice
  • Summer outfit

Step-by-step Guide

  • Find a good place to take the photos. The type of shoot can be a little messy, so a table or a countertop would be perfect.
  • Then dress them in the summer outfit and give them a huge watermelon piece.
  • Let them have a taste and as you take pictures.

Safety Tips

  • Beware of the seeds. The watermelon seeds pose a choking hazard for the baby.
  • Ensure the slices are large so that the baby doesn’t fit the entire slice in their mouth.

11. Ice Cream Fun

photo baby eating ice cream with Kate Ice Cream with Balloons Children Backdrop for Photography Designed by Megan Leigh Photography

Kate Ice Cream with Balloons Children Backdrop for Photography Designed by Megan Leigh Photography

Props

  • Ice cream
  • Summer themed outfit

Step-by-step Guide

  • First, you need to find a nice place to take photos outside; things can get a little messy.
  • Then dress them in their summer outfit and give them a big scoop of ice cream.
  • You can also put other props around, such as beach balls or pool floaties.
  • Now, it is time to start taking pictures. Let your baby eat and have a good time with your baby photoshoot.

Safety Tips

  • Make sure to have a towel or a napkin on hand so you can wipe up any sort of mess.
  • If it is too hot outside, ice cream will melt immediately. This might be best done in an indoor area where the temperature can be controlled.

12. Apple of My Eye

baby photo with Kate Apple Orchard Red Truck Backdrop Designed by Rosabell Photography

Kate Apple Orchard Red Truck Backdrop Designed by Rosabell Photography 

Props

  • Some large apples
  • White bedding

Step-by-step Guide

  • Spread the white sheets all over the floor.
  • Put some large apples in the middle of the sheets. Enjoy yourself and be creative by using the apples to create a shape of your baby's age.
  • Now it's time to put the baby on the sheets and capture some nice shots.

Safety Tips

  • If using a flash, do not aim it directly at your baby's eyes.
  • If your baby is going to hold an apple, make sure it's not too big and there's no possibility that the apple could slip out and hit them in the face.

13. Banana Suit

photo of baby eating banana

Photo by Andrey_Kuzmin on shutterstock 

Props

  • Soft sheets
  • A pair of baby bananas
  • Half-peeled banana
  • Baby diaper

Step-by-step Guide

  • Spread the sheets on the floor.
  • Now on top of the sheets, layer a few small bananas; you can arrange them the way you like.
  • Lay your baby on the sheets and ensure he only has the diaper on.
  • Hold the half-peeled banana just over the camera lens so it looks like the baby is inside a banana suit.
  • Take some photos, and you're done.

Safety Tips

  • Ensure the baby does not consume any of the bananas.
  • Wash your baby's hands after the shot so they don’t end up eating the banana residue.

14. Little Chef

baby eating spaghetti photo with Kate Spaghetti Smash/Cake Smash Brick Kitchen Bread Backdrop Designed By Rose Abbas

Kate Spaghetti Smash/Cake Smash Brick Kitchen Bread Backdrop Designed By Rose Abbas 

Props

  • A few small cooking utensils
  • An apron
  • Comfortable sheets

Step-by-step Guide

  • First, spread the sheets on the floor. Then, place on them a few small cooking materials.
  • Dress your baby in an apron and place it in the middle. Get him to put on a chef's hat as an accessory.
  • It is now time to take a few photographs of your baby, for instance, you can capture a shot of them playing with the utensils.

Safety Tips

  • Do not let your baby play with sharp or hot objects.
  • Use only safe, age-appropriate objects.

15. Harvest Baby

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Kate Apple Pie Cake Smash Children Backdrop

Props

  • A basket of fruit
  • Comfortable clothes

Step-by-step Guide

  • You'll want to do this type of shoot in a nice open place outside. 
  • After securing a nice spot, dress your baby comfortably. 
  • Let the baby hold a basket with fruit. You can also put some fruit on the ground around him. 
  • You can now take a few pictures. Just be creative and have fun with it.

Safety Tips

  • In case you use a real fruit, ensure that you clean it first.
  • Immediately wash your hands after touching these fruits. 
  • Make sure the baby doesn't put the fruit in his mouth. He could choke on it.

Conclusion

So many ideas for that summer photo session to bring your baby into your good memories. Be creative, enjoy the process, and here are just some ideas to help you set that creative gear in motion. After all, they grow up so fast. So cherish every moment.

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