It’s important to many parents to have photographs of their new baby in their first few days and weeks of life. However, newborn photography can be expensive and not everyone can afford it. If you want to test out your creativity, you can try taking your own pictures of your precious angel. Here are a few tips for ridiculously easy DIY newborn photos at home.

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Tips For DIY Newborn Photos At Home

If you want to test out your creativity, take your own pictures of your precious angel with these tips for ridiculously easy DIY newborn photos at home.

Utilize Natural Light

One of the easiest ways to create beautiful images is to use natural light. Turn off your lights to eliminate that yellow tint you usually get when taking indoor photos and photograph in a room well-lit with windows. Set up your photography space by a window and take a few test shots from different angles to see which one captures the best lighting.

Most professional photographers use reflectors to evenly disperse light across the subject. A cheap and easy trick to replicate this is to use a white tri-fold cardboard poster board!

Keep it Simple

The cleaner the photo, the more timeless and beautiful it will feel. Don’t busy up the shot with numerous props and loud patterns and colors, which will take the focus off of your little one and all of his precious details. Limit props to one or two items and keep baby’s clothing neutral. Extra clutter will just overshadow the true star of the show!

6 Tips For Ridiculously Easy DIY Newborn Photos At Home

Neutral Background

If you want your pictures to look professional, use a plain, neutral background. You can hang up a white sheet as your backdrop, or lay a grey or dark blue blanket over a chair and place baby on top. You can find small sheepskin rugs at IKEA ranging from $15-$30 which look beautiful in photographs and also are cozy for baby. 

Happy Baby

If you want baby to cooperate, you must make her comfortable. Make sure to photograph your sweet darling right after a feeding session. It’s also helpful to use a space heater so that she stays nice and warm, even if she’s undressed. With a full tummy and a warm room, she will sleep peacefully and you will be able to take all of the pictures you’ve imagined!

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Plan Ahead

Research poses online ahead of time and you could even practice them on your baby in the days leading up to your photo session. Set up your newborn photography “studio” well before it’s time to take the pictures. It might take longer than you think to get everything just right, and you will want to be ready to start snapping as soon as baby is ready so that you don’t miss out on that perfect window of time when he is happy and cooperative!

Make sure your camera settings are right and if you have long hair, it might be helpful to go ahead and pull it back so that nothing is getting in your way!

Patience

Above all else, you must be patient. Babies are unpredictable and often make demands at inopportune moments! Be flexible and willing to try again another time if it doesn’t work out well on the first try. It’s a learning experience and your pictures will only get better from here!

Try these tips for DIY newborn photos at home and let us know how it goes!

If you want to test out your creativity, take your own pictures of your precious angel with these tips for ridiculously easy DIY newborn photos at home.

Jenna Lombardi
Jenna Lombardi
Jenna Lombardi currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Andrew, and their two children, Aaron and Clare. She loves to travel (even with kids!), find a good bargain, and enjoys an iced chai latte with soy milk every now and then. When she’s not wrangling the kids at the playground or the zoo, she can be found practicing hand lettering, reading about pregnancy and natural childbirth, or testing out a new recipe in the kitchen.