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Newborn Photography: 33 Props | Ideas | Tips You Should Know

January 4, 2023

Newborn photography is a unique and wonderful way to capture the newness and freshness of your baby. Who can resist taking photos of that perfect little face, all wrapped up in a blanket with their tiny hands and feet poking out? This time is so fleeting, and it is a privilege to be able to document it.

This article will discuss what newborn photography is, some of the props you can use, newborn photography ideas, and things you should know before your first session.

Lifestyle Newborn Photography

Lifestyle Newborn Photography is a type of photography that captures the everyday moments of a newborn and their family. It is about capturing the realness and rawness of having a new baby. The photoshoots are usually done at the child's home or anywhere comfortable for the family, not in a studio.

The best time for newborn photography is generally within the first two weeks of a baby's life. This is because newborns are usually sleepy and curled up in their natural, adorable poses during this time.

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1. Preparing for a Lifestyle Newborn Session

Preparation is an important aspect of any successful newborn photography session. Proper preparation can ease up the photography process and help achieve desired results.

Before the Day of the Shoot

  • The photographer and parents should communicate their ideas and expectations, so everyone is on the same page.
  • Decide on a location, props, and wardrobe, and plan the shots you would like to take.
  • Gather all the props and accessories you will need for the shoot and organize them in advance.

The Morning of the Photoshoot

  • Feed the baby before the shoot to ensure the baby is content and relaxed.
  • Ensure the baby's diaper is changed right before the photo session to ensure the baby is comfortable
  • Check the lighting in the area and adjust it accordingly to get the best results.
  • Remove any pets from the area where the shooting will take place, especially if they are not to be part of the session.
  • Take your time and let the baby settle into each pose. Be patient and understanding with the baby. Newborns can be unpredictable and need extra care.
  • Capture the moments: Capture the precious moments and interactions between the family.

Baby Summer Photoshoot Ideas

The warm weather that summer brings is the perfect time to get outside and photograph your baby. With the sun shining and the flowers in bloom, there are endless possibilities for creative summer baby photoshoot ideas.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

2. Tub Photoshoot

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  • Kids Bathtub
  • Bath toys
  • Bubble soap

Step-by-Step Guide

  • Fill the tub with bubbles and water and place your baby inside.
  • Add some props, like a floating boat, a rubber duck, or a beach ball.
  • Take multiple shots.

Safety Tips

Ensure the water is not too hot, and keep a close eye on your baby during the photoshoot.

3. Fruit Picnic

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  • Basket of fruit
  • Spoon
  • Bowl of sliced fruit

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Set up a picnic in the backyard and place your baby in the center.
  2. Add props like a basket of fruit, colorful plates, or a bowl of sliced fruit.
  3. Give them a spoon and let them eat their fruit.
  4. Take some photos of your baby eating the watermelon.

Safety Tips

Be sure to cut the fruit into small pieces so your baby doesn't choke on it.

4. Pool Splash

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  • Swimsuit
  • Swimming pool
  • Inflatable pool float

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Ensure that the water temperature in your pool is warm enough for your baby.
  2. Dress your baby in their swimsuit.
  3. Help your baby get into the pool. You can hold them or have them sit on an inflatable pool float.
  4. Take some photos of your baby swimming or playing in the pool.

Safety Tips

Use sunscreen on the baby's skin to protect them from the sun's harmful rays. Keep an eye on them so they do not go to the pool's deep end.

5. At the Beach

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  • Sunhat
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Shovel
  • Towel

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Find a scenic and safe location at the beach, such as near the water's edge or on a soft, sandy area.
  2. Set up all the props you need.
  3. Dress the baby in a cute swimsuit or other beach-themed clothing, and position them among the props.
  4. Now take photos of your baby playing in the sand or the water.

Safety Tips

Never leave your baby unattended at the beach. Keep a close eye on the waves, which can be dangerous for small children. Also, reapply sunscreen to your baby's skin every few hours.

6. Baby Sleeping on a Hammock

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  • Hammock
  • A baby blanket
  • Some soft pillows
  • Stuffed animals

Step-By-Step Guide

  • To set up the photoshoot, find a scenic outdoor location with a nice tree shade.
  • Set up the hammock in a safe and comfortable location, and arrange the baby blanket and pillows or stuffed animals on top.
  • Gently place the baby on the hammock and position them in a comfortable and natural-looking sleeping pose.
  • Capture the peaceful and serene sight of your baby resting in the summer breeze.

7. Popsicle/Ice Cream Baby Photoshoot

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  • Popsicle
  • Ice cream
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Find a location with plenty of natural light.
  2. Position the baby in front of a background that complements the popsicles or ice cream, such as a colorful wall or backdrop.
  3. Arrange the popsicles or ice cream treats around the baby, and use the props to create playful and charming scenes.

Safety Tips

Ensure the baby only eats a few treats, as they could be too sugary for their delicate digestive system.

8. Lemonade Stand

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  • Lemonade pitcher
  • Cups
  • Colorful straws
  • Colorful Decorations

Step-by-Step Guide

  • Position the baby in front of a background that complements the lemonade theme, such as a colorful wall or backdrop.
  • Arrange the lemonade pitcher and cups around the baby, and use the props to create playful and charming scenes.
  • Take a variety of photos from different angles, capturing the fun and sweetness of the lemonade stand.

Safety Tips

Ensure the background is secure so it doesn't fall on your baby.

Milk Bath Photography

Baby Milk Bath Photography is a type of photography that involves taking pictures of a naked baby in a bathtub filled with milk. The purpose of the milk is to create a smooth, soft, and dreamy look in the photos.

Milk bath photography is a good way to capture the innocence and purity of a child. It is also a creative way to get unique photos you will cherish forever.

9. Things You Need to Make a Milk Bath

  • A big bathtub
  • A gallon or two of whole milk
  • Baby oil
  • Liquid soap
  • A few drops of lavender oil (optional)
  • A soft cloth
  • A towel

Pro Tips for a Successful Baby Milk Bath Photography Session

10. Use Food Color

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Use food color to give the milk bath a unique look. Add a few drops of food color to the milk before you start the session. This will help you achieve various looks that you can customize.

11. Put Only Enough Milk and Water

You don't want to fill the tub too high with milk and water. This will make it difficult for the baby to move around and could cause them to slip. Put enough milk in the tub to cover the baby's body up to its chest.

12. Always Set the Mood

Before starting the session, ensure the room is warm and the mood is relaxed. You can play soft music in the background to help set the tone.

13. Place Flower Petals Carefully

This is optional but can add a nice touch to the photos. Gently place flower petals on the surface of the milk bath. Only the stem should be submerged in the milk and not the petals.

baby milk bath photo

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14. Use Props

You can use props to add interest to the photos. Place a few toys in the tub or around the bathroom. This will help keep the baby entertained and also help you get some cute photos.

15. Be Patient

Don't expect the baby to cooperate immediately. They need time to get used to the milk and the environment. Be patient and let them play around. The best photos usually happen when the baby is relaxed and having fun.

Creative Newborn Photoshoot Ideas at Home

There are many creative newborn photography ideas you can do right at home to capture those precious early moments. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

16. Have Your Baby Sleep on a Bed of Flowers

This is a beautiful way to capture the innocence of your newborn baby. Find a spot in your garden where there is a bed of flowers, and place your baby on their back on the bed.

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Then, take some shots from above. Ensure you capture wide shots to show off the gorgeous bed of flowers.

17. Use a Big Balloon

This is one of the unique newborn photo ideas to do a newborn photoshoot. Lay your baby on its back on the floor, and tie the balloon so that it rests above your baby's head without being too close.

The baby will try to reach for the balloon, and you can capture some adorable shots.

18. Place Stuffed Animals around the Baby

When a baby is born, most new parents receive a lot of stuffed animals as gifts. Why not put them to good use and use them as props in your newborn photography? Arrange them around your baby, or even have them holding onto the baby's hand or foot.

19. Have Your Child Rest on a Beanbag

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You can purchase a small beanbag or make your own and use it as a prop in your newborn photoshoot. Place your baby on their back on the beanbag, and then take some shots from above. You can also experiment with angles from the side or below.

20. Use Wraps

Wraps are a great way to keep your newborn cozy and comfortable during their photo shoot. You can use various materials, such as muslin, an old sweater, or even a soft blanket.

Wrap your baby up snugly, and then arrange them in various positions. You can even use props, such as baskets or bowls, to help support your baby and get them into position.

Newborn Photography Props

Props can help add to the experience of photographing a newborn. You may use natural or synthetic props to create unique and beautiful images. Some common props include:

21. Cozy Basket

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This can be made from various materials, such as wicker, fabric, or wood, and fitted with pillows and soft blankets. It provides a safe and comfortable area for the baby to lie in during the shoot.

This prop is perfect for newborns as they can be easily moved and posed without disturbing them too much.

22. Bean Bag

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A bean bag is a great prop for newborn photography as it can be used to create a variety of poses. Its flexible nature allows the photographer to move and adjust the baby while on it without disturbing them too much.

23. Stuffed Animals

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Although the baby may be too small to interact with them, stuffed animals can help create a more natural look in newborn photography. Placing a stuffed animal near the baby can help frame the shot or create unique and creative compositions with the baby.

24. Wooden Crates

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You can use wooden crates as props for your newborn photography to add a rustic touch. Place the crate on a table or the floor, and then place a blanket inside. Position the baby inside the crate and then take your photos. You can even stack a few crates to create a unique prop.

25. Hands

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Mom and Dad's hands make the perfect prop for newborn photography with parents. They provide a sense of security and comfort for the baby.

26. Headbands and Hats

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Dress up your baby girl with a pretty headband or hat to add a touch of style to your photos. For baby boys, you can try a beanie or cap.

27. Baby Wraps

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Swaddling your baby in a baby wrap is a great way to keep them warm and cozy, and they are great newborn photography outfits. There are many different ways to wrap a baby. You can try a simple wrap, a double wrap, or even a triple wrap.

Tips for Using Props

  • Remember that the props should not take away from the focus of the newborn.
  • Be sure to avoid any items with small pieces that could be a choking hazard.
  • Inquire about possible allergies that the baby may have before letting them touch the props.

Newborn Photography Poses

28. The Side Pose

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This is one of the easiest poses, especially if the baby has yet to fall asleep. All you need to do is place the baby on their side with the head resting on one hand and the other hand under the chin.

You can also place a pillow behind the back to make the baby more comfortable and prevent the baby from rolling over.

29. Chin on Arm Pose

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This is similar to the side pose, but instead of having the baby resting on the hand, you will need to place a pillow under the baby's chin so that the chin rests on the arm.

This is a great pose to use if the baby is starting to fall asleep, as it will help to keep the head in one place.

30. The Tummy Pose

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This is a great pose if the baby is awake and alert, as it will help get some great shots of the baby's face.

To do this pose, you must place the baby on their tummy on a firm surface with the head turned to one side. You can also place a toy in front of the baby to help keep them entertained.

31. Feet in Hands Pose

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It is not a must for the baby's feet to be on the ground. You can also place the baby's feet in your hands while the baby is on their back. This is a great way to show off the baby's cute toes, and it also helps to keep the baby's feet warm.

32. The Frog Pose

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As the name suggests, this pose involves the baby being in a position where its legs are bent up in the air like a frog and the hands bent at the elbow and placed on the ground. You then rest the baby's head on their hands.

33. The Curl Pose

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Many people love this classic newborn pose because it accentuates the newborn's natural beauty. The baby is carefully positioned on his back with his head tilted to the side and their chin resting on their hand. This is a great pose for both awake and sleeping babies.


When it comes to newborn photography, there's no wrong way to do it. Channel your inner creative artist and let your intuition guide you. Use props to add interest and dimension to your portraits, and be prepared to experiment.

With a little planning and creativity, you can create stunning newborn photos that you and your family will cherish for years.

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