scuba baby photo by mini MooN on shutterstock

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

Summer is a great time to capture some memories of your baby. With the warmer weather come opportunities for outdoor activities and photo ops. Here are 15 summer photoshoot ideas for your baby that you can do at home.

1. Bath Time

baby bath photo

Kate Bathtime Duck Pink Backdrop Designed by Jia Chan Photography 

Props

  • Portable tub
  • Bubble soap
  • Flowers
  • Bath toys

Step-by-step Guide

  • First, find a good spot outdoors where you can set up your portable tub.
  • Fill it with just enough water to cover your baby's belly, and add some bubble soap.
  • Bring out any bath toys or decorations you want to use.
  • Get your baby into position and snap away.

Safety Tips

  • Be sure the water isn’t too hot.
  • Never leave your child unattended in the tub, even for a second.

2. Swimming Baby

photo of baby swiming

Photo by Derek Thomson on Unsplash

Props

  • Swimming pool
  • Floater
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen

Step-by-step Guide

  • First, make sure the water in your pool is at a comfortable temperature for your baby.
  • Next, put sunscreen on them to protect their skin.
  • Dress them in their swimsuit and put a floater around them for safety.
  • Now you're ready to take some photos.

Safety Tips

  • Never leave your baby unattended while they're in the pool.
  • Make sure the floater is always around them and secure.

3. Surfboarding Baby

mermaid baby on the beach photo

Kate Summer Seaside Backdrop Floral Surfboard Tree for Photography 

Props

  • Surfboard
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen

Step-by-step Guide

  • First, find a good spot where there is some sand.
  • Next, put sunscreen on your baby and dress them in their swimsuit.
  • Now it's time to get on the surfboard.
  • Place the surfboard against a wall and have your baby sit with his/he back against the board.
  • Alternatively, lay them down on their stomach and hold on to the back of the board.
  • Take some photos of your little surfer.

Safety Tips

  • Don't stay in the sun for too long.
  • Make sure to use sunscreen and that your baby wears a swimsuit that covers their back and shoulders.
  • If you are using a surfboard, ensure it is securely against a wall or something else, so it doesn't tip 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

  • First, spread the blue sheets on the sand to create a beach illusion.
  • Next, put sunscreen on your baby and dress them in their swimsuit.
  • Now it's time to accessorize. Put a hat on your baby and wrap them in the beach towel.
  • Lay them down on their stomach or back.
  • Take some photos of your baby.

Safety Tips

  • Make sure to put sunscreen on your baby and reapply as needed.

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

  • Pack your suitcase with everything you would typically need for a day at the beach.
  • Dress them in their swimsuits.
  • Now it's time to get your baby into the suitcase. Place them on top of the packed clothes.
  • You can also lay some toys around the suitcase.
  • Now take some photos of your cutie.

Safety Tips

  • Don't place the suitcase high up where your baby could fall out.

6. Lounging Baby

baby lounging photo

Photo by Valeria Zoncoll on Unsplash

Props

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

Step-by-step Guide

  • First, find a good spot to set up your lounge seat.
  • Next, put sunscreen on your baby and dress them in their summer clothes.
  • Now it's time to get your baby into the seat. Place them on the seat and make sure they're comfortable.
  • You can also lay a beach towel around them.
  • Now take some 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

  • Use the blue sheets to create an underwater illusion.
  • Dress your baby in their swimsuit and put on the scuba gear.
  • Place them in the middle of the blue sheets.
  • You can also surround them with fish toys.
  • Now take some photos of your little scuba diver.

Safety Tips

  • Ensure the blue sheets are not too close to your baby's face.
  • The scuba gear should not be 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
  • Sailor suit
  • Boat toys
  • Sailor's Hat

Step-by-step Guide

  • First, spread the white and blue sheets out on the floor.
  • Create a sea-themed background by hanging a blue sheet from a window or door.
  • Place your baby in the middle of the sheets.
  • Dress them in their sailor's suit and put on the sailor's hat.
  • You can also surround them with boat toys.
  • Now take some photos of your baby.

Safety Tips

  • Toys can be choking hazards for babies, so remove them after taking photos.
  • Be careful not to let your baby roll off 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 spot to take photos. A park would be ideal.
  • Next, dress them in their summer outfit and put them in the go-cart seat.
  • Decorate the surroundings with toy cars.
  • Now it's time to take some photos. You can take photos of your baby in the car seat, or you can take pictures of them playing with the toy car.

Safety Tips

  • Make sure the go-cart is on a level surface 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

  • First, find a good spot to take photos. This type of shoot can be messy. A table or countertop would be ideal.
  • Next, dress them in their summer outfit and give them a huge watermelon slice.
  • Let them eat it and take some photos.

Safety Tips

  • Be careful of the seeds. Watermelon seeds can be a choking hazard for babies.
  • Make sure the slices are big enough so they cannot put the whole thing in their mouths.

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, find a good spot outdoors to take photos. This type of shoot can be messy.
  • Next, dress them in their summer-themed outfit and give them a big scoop of ice cream.
  • You can also place other props around, such as beach balls or pool floaties.
  • Now it's time to take some photos. Let your baby eat the ice cream and have some fun with your baby photoshoot.

Safety Tips

  • Ensure you have a towel or napkin to wipe up any messes.
  • If it's too hot outside, the ice cream will melt quickly. You may want to consider doing this shoot indoors in an air-conditioned space.

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

  • A few big apples
  • White sheets

Step-by-step Guide

  • First, spread the white sheets out on the floor.
  • Place a few big apples in the middle of the sheets. Get creative and use the apples to write your baby's age.
  • Now it's time to put your baby on the sheets and take photos.

Safety Tips

  • If you're using a flash, be careful not to point 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 chance of it slipping out of their grasp and hitting them in the face.

13. Banana Suit

photo of baby eating banana

Photo by Andrey_Kuzmin on shutterstock 

Props

  • Comfortable sheets
  • A few small bananas
  • One half-peeled banana
  • Baby diaper

Step-by-step Guide

  • First, spread the sheets out on the floor.
  • Next, place a few small bananas on the sheets. Feel free to arrange them to your liking.
  • Now put your baby on the sheets, and ensure he only has a diaper on.
  • Hold the half-peeled banana in front of the camera such that it seems like the baby is wearing a banana suit.
  • Take a few photos, and you're done.

Safety Tips

  • Be careful not to let the baby eat any of the bananas.
  • Wash the baby's hands after the photoshoot to prevent him from eating any of the banana residues.

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 out on the floor. Then place a few small cooking utensils on the sheets.
  • Next, put an apron on your baby and have him sit in the middle. Make him wear a chef's hat for added effect.
  • Now it's time to take some photos. You can take photos of your baby 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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Props

  • A basket of fruit
  • Comfortable clothes

Step-by-step Guide

  • First, find a good spot outdoors. You'll need a lot of space for this shoot.
  • Next, dress your baby in comfortable clothes.
  • Let the baby hold a basket of fruit. You can also place some fruit on the ground around him.
  • Now it's time to take some photos. Get creative and have fun with it.

Safety Tips

  • If you're using real fruit, be sure to wash it first.
  • Wash your hands after handling the fruit.
  • Make sure the baby doesn't put the fruit in his mouth. He could choke on it.

Conclusion

There are many summer photoshoot ideas you can try in your baby photoshoot. Be creative and have fun with it. These are just a few ideas to get you started. Remember, they grow up so fast. Cherish every moment.

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