We received several monogrammed diaper covers for Caroline before she was born and I knew they'd be perfect for her photo session. I wanted the shoot to be super simple -- bow and diaper cover and that's it! No crazy props or costumes, just a precious sleepy babe on a white blanket.
As for the photography, I looked into several local newborn photographers and was shocked at how crazy expensive a newborn shoot would cost. Not to mention, I couldn't find a photographer who didn't come with a boatload of animal wings, toys and fairy dust. So instead, I decided to break out my 50 mm lens and snap a few pictures using [this] tutorial and [this] tutorial. Before shooting, I picked out a few pictures on Pinterest to inspire my session. I really liked this shoot, this shoot and this shoot.
In short, here's 10 tips from my shoot:
- Schedule the shoot within the first 10 days after birth and at the baby's sleepiest time of day.
- Use an area of the house with the most natural light. For me, that was right under our biggest window in the kitchen.
- Set up the shoot and have everything ready before grabbing the baby. I used the pouf ottoman out of Caroline's room, added a heating pad to it to warm it up for a few minutes and topped it with a big white duvet, clamping the top to my laundry drying rack.
- Make sure the room is nice and toasty, especially if you're shooting an undressed baby. I cranked my space heater up on high and set it nearby (this is key to keeping the baby happy).
- Make sure the baby is extra sleepy. I fed her right beforehand. You can also use white noise so the baby isn't disturbed by anything during the shoot. I swear by the Relax M. app on my iPhone and use a combination of slow waves and rain to keep Caroline dreaming.
- Keep burp cloths and outfit changes nearby.
- To pose the baby, hold the baby tightly in the position you want until he/she relaxes (a handful of seconds) and then gently let go. The baby will magically stay in position for a few minutes.
- Use a camera lens you are comfortable with. I used my 50 mm lens and it did all the work for me.
- Shoot several different times until you get the pictures you want. I snapped a few pictures in the morning while Caroline was happy and then again during her next nap time later that day.
- Have a helper nearby. Thankfully my mom was here to help straighten the blanket and position Caroline's bow a million times while I stood back and snapped the pictures from lots of different angles.
After selecting which photo for the card, I sent it over to my girl Laura who designed the announcement for me. I absolutely love how it turned out (and so have our friends and family)!