DIY Newborn Photoshoot

Did you see my previous blog post with 'Plan B' for booked clients? If you're booked in with me and are worried your newborn photoshoot may be affected, please have a read.

I can't tell you how awful I feel about so many parents missing out on precious newborn images. So not only have I thought of a plan for customers, but for other new parents too. Anyone who has a session booked with me (or wanted to but didn't get round to doing it, get in touch if this is you) will be receiving a DIY kit, which includes a camera with a memory card, a beanbag, a blanket, wrap, hat and headband in any colour, and props and accessories. I will be giving them a guide on how to take SAFE poses at home, and then when I get the equipment back, I'll edit the photos on the memory card for them and email them over. This is a free service and it's in addition to still doing their professional photos when normal life resumes. You can read more info about this here.

The guide I mentioned above was initially just going to be for clients, but I've decided to share it here too, for everyone to have access to. At a crappy time like this, we all need some positivity so this will hopefully give parents a chance to get some gorgeous images at home, and it'll be a fun thing to try to pass this horrid time in isolation too. No equipment will be lent if you're not a customer, so it'll be your own props used and taken with your phone/ own camera.

Before I begin, remember, anyone who does want to book ANY type of shoot for the future, there's 25% the WHOLE package price until 24th April! Click here for more info!

1 - All images I have taken here were done using things I found around my home. I didn't use any professional equipment. I used natural light, a blanket from my daughters bed as well as the rug from her room, an egg basket, a washing basket, flowers from a vase, a scarf and a cardigan. So you can easily find things in your house to use as props, you just need to think outside of the box. For the base, if you don't have a beanbag then a sofa cushion or something soft. Whatever you use, do not leave your baby's side. Even newborns can roll off. Choose your colour scheme and go on a scavenger around your house for things to use, blankets/ throws, cushion covers, rugs, anything with texture. If you have any hats/ headbands and accessories, get these out too. You'll get more inspo as we continue...

2 - I did these photos in my conservatory at home. You'll need natural light, so a conservatory is perfect. If you don't have one, then next to a door/ window with lots of light. Make sure the sun isn't glaring into the room, you don't want to make baby too hot or burn them. Your photos will also look rubbish with direct sunlight! Make sure it's not too cold either, baby's lose heat very quickly so pop the heating on and don't leave them undressed for too long. See how baby is sunken in the middle of this beanbag? Try and do the same on whatever you use. This is a blanket from my daughters bed, it's not a photography prop. See the photos I took from this shot next...

3 - I didn't move the baby at all from the position in the previous photo. Make sure baby is laid comfortably, either in a nappy or outfit. But a little tip, nappies don't look great, but it's better than showing their private bits. If you have any fabric, drape this over the nappy. Or a fitted vest looks nice. Don't have anything too loose as you'll lose the baby. I took all of these images without moving the baby. All I did was change my position to get different angles. I took 3 here, but you can take many, close up and full shots. Mix it up with a headband/ hat too. Again this is my own daughters headband.