As a new parent, you want to capture every moment of your baby’s life. One of the best ways to do that is through your own photography!
A one month baby photoshoot is a great way to document your baby’s growth and development. While there are plenty of professional photographers who specialize in baby photography, the truth is it is also possible to take some beautiful photos at home with a little natural lighting, your phone, and some affordable props.
I wish I would’ve had these tips when I was a new mom and I’m excited to share them with all of you!
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Benefits of an at-home photoshoot
There are many benefits to having an at-home photoshoot. It’s a safe environment for you an your baby that offers the following benefits:
- Home is the most comforting place for you and you’re baby. You’ll have everything you need for the baby at home and can take breaks to breastfeed or rest if the photoshoot isn’t going well.
- This could be a money and time saver if you’re taking your own photo’s because you won’t have to worry about using a studio or finding that perfect location.
- If you do hire a photographer you get the benefit of them coming to you and not having to pack up your baby for a day out.
- Doing your own photo’s at home puts you in control. You have more freedom over the props and can look for bargain prices.
How do you take pictures of a one month old baby?
Before you begin your one month baby photoshoot, there are a few things you can do to prepare.
- First, make sure your baby is well-rested and fed. A happy, content baby will make for better photos.
- Next, choose a time when your baby is most alert and active. This will make it easier to capture those beautiful, wide-eyed shots.
- It’s also a good idea to choose a location in your home that has good lighting. Natural light is best, so try to choose a room with plenty of windows. You can also use artificial lighting if needed, but try to avoid harsh, direct light.
- Finally, choose your props and accessories. You don’t need anything fancy; simple items like blankets, hats, and toys can make for some beautiful photos.
One month baby photoshoot ideas
Now that you’re ready to start your photoshoot, let’s talk about some ideas to get you started. There are countless possibilities when it comes to one month baby photoshoots, but here are a few to consider:
Newborn photoshoot ideas for an at-home session
Newborn photoshoots are all about capturing those sweet, sleepy moments. Some ideas to consider include:
- The swaddle: Wrap your baby in a soft, cozy blanket and capture those peaceful sleeping moments.
- The basket: Place your baby in a basket filled with blankets or pillows for a sweet, snuggly shot.
- The details: Focus on your baby’s tiny hands, feet, and facial features for some close-up shots.
Props and accessories to use during the photoshoot
Props and accessories can add some extra personality to your photos. Some ideas to consider include:
- Hats and headbands: Add some color and texture to your photos with cute hats and headbands.
- Toys: A simple toy can keep your baby entertained and make for some adorable photos.
- Family heirlooms: Incorporate special items like blankets or toys that have been passed down through your family.
Love these hats from Love Your Melon:
Jellycat makes my favorite plushies for baby. Aren’t they adorable?
Creative poses for the baby and family members
Poses can add some variety and interest to your photos. Some ideas to consider include:
- The family photo: Get the whole family together for a group shot.
- The sibling shot: If you have older children, include them in the photoshoot for some sweet sibling shots.
- The candid shot: Sometimes the best photos are the ones that capture natural, unposed moments.
Lighting and background tips for the photoshoot
Lighting and background can make a big difference in the quality of your photos. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Natural light: Whenever possible, use natural light for your photos. Position your baby near a window or in a room with plenty of natural light.
- Background: Choose a simple, uncluttered background that won’t distract from your baby.
- Artificial light: If you need to use artificial light, try to avoid harsh, direct light. Use soft, diffused light instead. You can purchase a large ring light, but really you can save the money from getting good lighting from a window or taking photos on your patio if it’s a nice day outside.
You can get creative with backdrops you have at home using a sheet or tabletop. If you do want to buy a backdrop Amazon has some really affordable vinyl options you can hang or lay on the ground. Here are a few:
Editing and enhancing the photos after the shoot
Once you’ve taken your photos, it’s time to edit and enhance them. There are many photo editing tools available, from simple phone apps to professional software. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Crop and straighten: Make sure your photos are properly cropped and straightened.
- Adjust lighting and color: Make adjustments to the lighting and color as needed to enhance your photos.
- Remove distractions: Use tools like the clone stamp or healing brush to remove any distracting elements from your photos.
Expert Photography has a good article about the best free photo editing apps for your phone.
Conclusion and final thoughts
A one month baby photoshoot is a wonderful way to capture those precious early moments of your baby’s life. With a little preparation and creativity, you can take some beautiful photos at home. Remember to choose a time when your baby is most alert and active or calm and sleeping depending on what type of photo you want, choose a location with good lighting, and have fun with your props and poses. And don’t forget to edit and enhance your photos to truly make them shine.