DIY Newborn Baby Photo Shoot

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I knew I couldn’t stay off of my blog for too long. It’s been 12 days since my last post, and Hadley is also now exactly 12 days old ~ making her first debut on mommy’s blog. :) While I’m still on ‘maternity leave’, I wanted to pop in here to share this DIY newborn baby photo shoot we did with Hadley at home over the weekend.

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Since I didn’t plan in advance on scheduling a professional newborn shoot with her (the rule of thumb is to do it within 10 days), I just decided to do my own. (I also pinned this idea some time ago, so again this is another inspiration I got out of Pinterest.) 

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The shoot overall was very easy to achieve. Ideally, if  you have a wall space you would create a backdrop taping the wrapping paper from the wall to the floor (just like the example I pinned.) But since we don’t have that kind of wall space here, we achieved the same effect by taping the wrapping paper, which is an Orla Kiely print I picked up from Paper Source, onto poster boards. For other props, I decided to use a faux fur blanket (similar), a pillow (similar), and a wicker basket (similar) I already have at home. And for the cute little beanie hat, I picked it up at a Gap store for $.97 (yea, you read that right! But here’s a really cute one I spotted too.) Luckily, we have amazing natural light in our apartment. We used a DSLR (Canon 7D) and also used a white poster board to reflect the light and create even lighting for the shoot.

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A few tips for prepping the baby. Make sure the house is nice and warm, I had my heat turned up to 70 degrees. Also nursing the baby right before the shoot is a genius idea. For the wrapping paper, pick your favorite print but make sure you pick one that has a matte finish as oppose to a glossy finish to avoid reflection. And really, that was it for me. Just take as many shots and angles as you can, zoom in, zoom out, and see what looks good!

I’m super happy with how the shoot came out. It will make an adorable birth announcement and to also frame around the house. I think this is a good idea for babies 0-6 months. Once they start getting mobile, that’s a whole different world! For now, I’ll enjoy my time with this peaceful little thing. :)

Photos by Hadley’s daddy. 




  • http://www.heycaryl.com/ Caryl Lyons

    So cute!  And congrats lovely lady!!  Hadley is adorable… xoxo

  • http://www.thekinas.com/ Bettina

    Hadley is simply darling! I love her name as well, Hadley so unique!

  • http://madmaxandfamily.blogspot.com/ Mad Max and Family

    Congrats!!!!!  So adorable.  Love.  Love.  Love.  Her hair!  Her name!  And kudos for you for doing a DIY newborn shoot.  I wasn’t brave enough to do that – hired photogs.  How is being a Mommy of two?  I feel like I’m barely surviving and 3 months in!  The change for me to being a working Mom again was HUGE.

    -Tara
    http://madmaxandfamily.blogspot.com

  • LauraChallis

    So much hair! 
    So much cute! 

    Congratulations Jeanne!!

  • http://twitter.com/Pretty_Fluffy Serena Faber Nelson

    Gorgeous Jeanne! Big congratulations xx

  • http://xoxo-victoria.blogspot.com/ Victoria

    Oh Jeanne, she is beautiful. Congratulations! I love this mini photoshoot! Who needs to schedule a session?! You did a wonderful job.

  • http://www.thrifteye.com/ Eli

    This is so incredibly sweet and beautiful!! So happy for you Jeanne. You did a fantastic job!!

  • Fenny Setiawan

    Lovely Jeanne. I really like the one that Hadley opened her eyes :0. 

  • http://twitter.com/budgetbabe The Budget Babe

    Such a precious angel!! I’m expecting in June and will totally be copying this idea.

  • http://expandng.com/ lisacng @ expandng.com

    Love how you showed the setup with the background and “reflector” on the right!