Quick DIY Props for Your Baby’s First Photoshoot

Twinkling eyes, buttoned nose, dimpled smile, and two baby teeth—babies are the epitome of cuteness. But the first year of your baby’s life fly too fastbetween diaper changes, drooling, first steps, and teething.

Parents really appreciate this fleeting time, and a great way to preserve it is to do a baby photo shoot.

Professional baby photography has been gaining popularity over the years, and it’s a trend that will always be relevant. And while they may be expensive, there are ways you can save a few extra dollars with them—by making your own props!

Picture of a baby wearing an elaborate costume

Do you want to make props for your baby’s first photoshoot, but have no ideas? We can help you with that! In this feature, we go over some quick and easy DIY props you can make for amazing baby photoshoots!

1. Baskets and Chests

You can reuse wicker or straw baskets, spacious storage tiers, laundry baskets, etc., for your baby to place. Make sure to clean the item well and check for debris or sharp edges for your baby’s safety.

Place cotton or muslin blankets in baskets or crates; smooth the ends, and you’re good to go!

2. Knitted Goods

Show your gratitude and appreciation to grandmas and aunts by decorating your baby with the crochet hats and booties they made! The soft and chunky knitted accessories look lovely and match the overall aesthetic of a newborn photoshoot.

If you’re going for a family photoshoot, you and the rest of the family can wear matching knit sweaters or sports knit hats with elephant ears!

3. Cardboard Scraps

You can place properties according to your theme, such as shapes, tools, cartoon characters, etc. By making cardboard cutouts. You can reuse old cardboard and shipping boxes and draw on them. Cut out the props and paint them the color you want.

4. Fresh Flora

Nature will be your buffer if you are shooting outdoors! If you are planning an indoor shoot with a floral or spring theme, you can bring fresh flowers and leaves into the scene. Place it carefully, making sure nothing comes into direct contact with your baby’s skin.

A baby is placed in a swing support

. Head accessories

Headbands, paper crowns, tiaras, bow ties, etc., are things you already have on hand to dress your baby. They add “oomph” to your baby’s look in photos!

6. Board Games

If you have a board game like Scrabble around your house, you can incorporate it into your baby’s photoshoot. Placing a baby on or beside the board, with a tile (or part of another game you have) spelling out his name, is a creative way to make an announcement!

7. Food Ingredients

Shoot your cake, and eat it too! You can dive into the culinary theme with glassware, aprons and chef’s hats or go for a cake smash photo shoot.

While you’ll have lots of ideas on what to include, you should definitely consult one experienced photographerwho trained, so you baby is completely safe throughout the shoot.

For affordable newborn photography services in Port Coquitlam, BC, see Artin Photography. We specialize in baby photography, maternity shoots, family photography and more! contact us to learn more about our services and rates.

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