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.

4 - As you can see, baby is still in the same position, still undisturbed. All I've done here is fold the bottom of the blanket up and over the body of the baby.

5 - Once again, baby wasn't moved, I just changed my position to get a few different shots. You can do this with baby's arms out, in or above. With or without a headband or hat. Or a mix of all for lots of different photos

6 - Here I put the blanket back down and turned baby onto their side. Once they're safely in position, drape a wrap over the nappy. Make sure baby is front heavy so they don't roll back onto their back and wake themselves up through shock. Baby's tend to naturally put their hands where they want them in this pose, but if you can avoid having hands in front of their face and more under the cheek it'll create a better photo. With this position, make sure their limbs aren't getting squished as they'll turn blue/ grey meaning blood isn't circulating, which is obviously very uncomfortable. Again, baby didn't move and I got multiple different photos from moving around the beanbag.

7 - Whilst baby is on their side from the pose above, pop a wrap underneath them by tucking it as far as you can underneath their body. Then gently roll them over and onto the other side so you can pull the wrap from under them. Then roll them back onto their back, and you have this. A little fabric to one side, and a lot on the other. Although you can pop baby on your lap to do this too if you feel safer doing so. This wrap is just a bit of fabric, you can use a scarf or similar for this, just make sure it's not an itchy fabric.

8 - We all know how to swaddle, so do exactly this, but just make sure it's a bit tighter than usual (but be careful not to do it too tight and cut off any blood circulation. If you're creative, try and fold it neatly to create a pattern as shown here rather than just wrapped messy and anyhow. You can do this with baby's arms in or out. Just like all of the other shots, I've shot from different angles without moving the baby at all. Again mix it up with hats/ headbands.

9 - Next there's props. Please be so careful with these as baby's can easily startle or roll out. Especially is the object is shallow as shown here. Make sure you or someone else is close enough to the baby to place hands on them in a flash if they show any signs of movement. Also make sure there's equal weight within the prop, if you put the baby too high up for example, it'll cause them to topple over head first.

10 - Here I laid the same blanket down I used before. You can either use another one or use the same one so all photos match. I then used a fruit basket from my kitchen as the prop, some flowers from my daughter's bedroom, and her cardigan for the basket stuffer. Then draped the same fabric over the nappy. Just like every other set, baby wasn't moved, and I managed to move around and get lots of angles and close up shots too.

11 - Same rules as the last shot, but just to get more variety I used a different prop. This is my daughters washing basket and fluffy rug from her bedroom, with the same flowers as before. I ruffled the blanket underneath the prop just to mix it up a little.

12 - Finally we have the sibling shots (if you have other children). Here I used my 18 month old and her doll, which she was very confused about! I popped the rug I used in the previous prop onto the beanbag, or you can do this on the floor (I do it on the floor in the studio). I then wrapped a scarf around my daughter for a more artistic look. But you can use a complimenting coloured top/ dress. I'd advise to swaddle the baby as it's easier and safer to pose with a sibling, and place on a child's open arm and ask them to cuddle. You can get a few shots here of them looking and kissing. Make sure someone is close by if your other child is young as little ones tend to just get up without warning not knowing the danger to their newborn sibling. If you have more than one child, just pop them the other side of the baby.

So I hope that helps you? I really do hope you manage to get some beautiful images of your new addition using this guide. If it's helped you, let me know and share your images on this post - there will be a competition for the best 'at home' shoot and an AMAZING prize of a complimentary photoshoot (for when work resumes) will be awarded to my favourite shoot, so make sure you comment with your photos! In the meantime, remember if you book a photoshoot, either maternity, newborn, milestone or cake smash for anytime in the future between now and April 24th 2020, you'll get a whopping 25% off the whole package price. Should you purchase a discounted session and then win this competition, you'll be reimbursed the price you paid meaning you will pay nothing for the shoot of your choice.

I can't wait to see everyone's images. So enjoy & stay safe! x


Disclaimer: Please take extra caution when taking these photos, a newborn baby is not a doll. I'm sure you'll use your own parental instinct but if you feel your baby is uncomfortable at any point, please don't force them into a position or pose. Not every baby will do everything you want. Also, it takes a lot of patience. As you're untrained I don't expect you to get this done within half hour like I would. It may take you a couple of days of coming back to it when baby is fed and sleepy. Don't put too much pressure on yourself, and make sure there's always a spotter to keep your baby safe at all times. I do not take any responsibility for what happens during your home shoot, my guide here is simply advice and it's at your own discretion if you try this.

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Sarah Rest


We had a newborn photo shoot with Jade, our little 2 weeks old baby girl certainly made her work for it! Jade is so patient, creative and passionate about her work. She made us feel so welcome incorporating things personal to us, her studio is so well set up and even tho our daughter was awake for the majority of the session we weren’t made to feel rushed and left feeling totally relaxed which I wasn’t expecting at all! The finished prints are just too adorable for words and an amazing memory for us to treasure. Thanks so much Jade - you’re a genius!

Amit Odera


We first used inspirique for our daughter 1st birthday cake smash photo shoot, and I must say the service and photos taken have been excellent. Most recently Jade took photos of our sons cake smash, and again she has gone above and beyond with presentation and the picture are brilliant. We have recommend inspirique to friends and family, and we can’t wait for the next shoot.

Amit Odera


We first used inspirique for our daughter 1st birthday cake smash photo shoot, and I must say the service and photos taken have been excellent. Most recently Jade took photos of our sons cake smash, and again she has gone above and beyond with presentation and the picture are brilliant. We have recommend inspirique to friends and family, and we can’t wait for the next shoot.

Emily Martin

Jade at Inspirique was truly professional whilst being informal and making myself and my son feel very relaxed to create natural and amazing photos we will treasure forever! We loved the shoot and the time flew by and we could not be happier with the prints created! Jade was natural and caring with our son who was extra delicate as our shoot was a week before his due date as he arrived early. It was very easy to book and Jade was flexible in arranging times that were convenient to both! Jade went above and beyond for us as a family and we will be returning for further shoots in the future! Amazing!

Emma Platneur


Wow, just wow!!! I am a Mummy of four and after having my last daughter Effie, I finally decided to a have a newborn shoot after seeing Jade’s amazing work. I was not disappointed!!! Not only does Jade provide amazing photography but she makes the whole experience extremely enjoyable and special. Effie was only a few weeks old when we ventured over as a family 6. Effie was handled with care and love and Jade had this magical ability to keep her calm and content throughout the session. Jade was also kind and patient enough to take a picture of all four of our children (literally a genius!!). The way in which our images were displayed for us to choose from was beautiful, personal (and emotional). Everything is done with care. We love our prints and can not recommend Inspirique enough.


I was really worried about venturing out so soon after my son was born. In fact I regretted booking the session because I wasn’t up to getting out of the house. But I mustered up the courage in the end and did it, and I’m so glad I did. Jade was brilliant with my son and you can tell she’s so comfortable with handling new borns. And despite the heat, she did everything she could to keep all of us comfortable!!! The photos came out beautifully. Would definitely visit again!!

Ashee Bathia


Would highly recommend Jade at Inspirique for a new born photoshoot. She’s very professional, very patient and fantastic at what she does! No regrets whatsoever!

Mack Falconetti

As a bloke I turned up where my mrs told me to go. I was not sure what to expect with the shoot. Jade was very welcoming and great with our son Theo. She was very professional and easy going. We bought some of our own props and Jade was happy to use them in the pictures, they turned out great! Even my son weeing on Jade's camera didn't phase her. Men be aware the shoot is long... bring plenty of snacks and something to read... But there's plenty of tea and coffee on the tap. The pictures are definitely worth it... thanks Jade!

Krishna Gorania

I’ve recently given birth to my first and I really wanted someone to capture my precious baby in his first few weeks, all Mother’s say time flies by so quick and before you know it they are all grown up. Jade was recommended to me by a family member, I’d seen the great pictures she had taken of my Niece already. I was quite nervous about someone posing my baby who was only 10 days at the time but boy am I glad I had the pictures taken.. Jade was amazing! Before the shoot I received an email containing all the information I needed to know about the day. On the day I felt so comfortable with the shoot, Jade was so great with him, she stopped to let me feed him and didn’t rush me at all, she wasn’t bothered about the wee and pooh everywhere during the shoot either.

I’ve now seen the images from the day, I had initially planned to only buy the basic package but the images were so amazing I purchased them all along with a framed canvas! Thanks Jade!!!

Rowena Goonetilleke


I had always wanted to do a photo shoot with my newborn but as my pregnancy wasn’t as smooth sailing, I didn’t have the heart to book something in advance. Then once he was born i really wanted a photo shoot and realised he was approaching 6 weeks already by then! I contacted inspirique and they fitted me in the next day! Jade was very professional, clearly having handled new born babies. Her patience was amazing! Baby even managed to do a poop in studio but she took this in her stride! It was an enjoyable few hours and our images are dotted around the house as a reflection of our experience and the quality work! Thank you Jade!

Sarah Wilkinson

Jade did a fantastic job on our daughters newborn shoot. She's so determined to get that perfect shot. nothing is ever too much trouble she was brilliant with my two girls too. Would highly recommend!

Lottie Swift

Jade has been amazing from start to finish! We booked our shoot when our little girl was a week old and she still managed to juggle things around to get us in for the newborn shoot. I have just been to the viewing session and the photos are amazing! Totally fallen in love and would recommend to anyone! Thank you Jade for also being so accommodating! Anyone who is thinking of having a session I would definitely do so!

Samantha Davenport

I have used Inspirique Baby Photography twice so far and both times i have been excellently looked after by Jade! I had my maternity shoot at 30 weeks and wasn't feeling my best but jade made me feel so confident and the photos were great! We was not pressured into buying any! We went for our newborn shoot this week and was great to watch jade work with our little girl and she is brilliant with them! She was in safe hands! The service u get is first class and communication is brilliant! Always reply to messages and feel I have been well looked after throughout! Waiting on viewing our newborn photos but happy they will be worth the wait. 100% recommend Inspirique to anyone!

Melissa Robinson

I message Jade right at the last minute for a new born shoot. She fitted me in straight the way , Jade was really good with my son and the photos she's taken I love them so happy with the service thank you jade , can’t wait for the next shoot thank you


I went in to this photo shoot not really knowing what to expect & fairly nervous about getting my clothes off with a stranger. But as soon as Jade invited us in to her studio she made both my partner & myself feel so comfortable. Jade is such a lovely lady, she made me feel so confident! I wasn’t convinced I’d like the photos as I felt a bit silly doing some of the poses, but now I have had my beautiful baby girl and have viewed the photos they are amazing and I’m so proud that I carried her, also captured my baby bump in the most perfect way. Brilliant way to remember/ look back on my bump!!! (As you do forget how big you can get.) I can’t recommend Jade enough, thank you so much for our forever photos.


I’ve seen Jade twice; I visited Jade a couple of months back for a maternity photo shoot, as I wanted to capture some timeless images during my first pregnancy. Jade was so professional and friendly she put me at ease throughout, as I spent most of the shoot in my underwear and some shots I was nude (which for most women would be an apprehensive thought even without being 7/8 months pregnant). I was able to be clear about what type of photos I wanted to create, and got to choose which outfits to wear, I only needed to bring black and white underwear, everything else was provided for. I also opted for the powder photo where Jade’s lovely assistant threw flour over me to get a beautiful shot, and didn’t mind at all that her clothes were also covered in flour in the process.

My second visit was a few weeks ago when I took my 3 week old baby boy for his newborn shoot. Again Jade was very professional and spoke to me and my husband about the type of photos we wanted and colour backdrops, outfits we wanted to use, if any. She handled Joel with care and worked to his timetable- we stopped when nappy changing and feeding was needed. We were both very pleased at the end result and couldn’t choose which photos to have so we had them all!

I’d definitely recommend x

Gemma Payne

Myself and my partner went to choose our photo package yesterday and all I can say is WOW!! The photos are absolutely perfect! I love each and everyone of them. When Jade sat us down to watch the slide show of Rosie and the family pictures it brought me to tears. It made me realise that our long journey of IVF, all the injections and hard times was a distant memory as we have our beautiful little Rosie now apart of our family finally. For me the pictures capture every last detail of how precious Rosie is to us and how our family is complete. I will treasure the pictures forever. The family photos are amazing and the picture of all 3 of our girls is incredible. I can honestly say you can tell Jade loves her job, she adds that small personal touch to every picture taken, every set up she chooses, and every position she places your baby in and you wouldn’t get anywhere else. An incredible person and an incredible photographer. Thank you again Jade for the beautiful photos and we cannot wait to use you again.

James Clayton

Excellent service and jade is so good with little ones. Had some amazing photos and even ordered a large glass picture for the wall at home. All packages are value to money and no pressure to buy. Would defiantly recommend. Thanks Jade


We booked in with Jade for the newborn photo shoot, when our Daughter was 2 weeks old. We hadn’t experienced anything like this before, and didn’t know what to expect. Jade made us feel very welcome and relaxed and explained everything to us along the way. There was no time limit for the photo shoot, which made us feel at ease. The photo shoot was a lovely experience and we would definitely do it again. When viewing the photos, it was a very calm atmosphere. Jade made us feel very relaxed when choosing our photos, and didn’t make us feel rushed at all. Choosing our photographs was very difficult as they were all beautiful! 
We are so happy with our photographs and canvas! Thank you Jade.


Thank you very much for the lovely images you took of Isabel they are beautiful. Also thank you for allowing us to have a 2nd attempt at the photo shoot as Isabel was a little upset and not her bubbly self you were amazing. I will highly recommend you to all others out there, friends and family. Can't thank you enough.

Andy Martin

Jade was absolutely incredible, she made the whole process easy. Jade was very professional and understood everything we wanted. Her flexibility made it easier for us especially having a new born. Would highly recommend to anyone who wanted to capture those special early days. 10/10 thank you x


I wanted to capture the beautiful experience of pregnancy. As soon as we met Jade she put me and my family (husband and toddler) at ease. She was very friendly and professional, took us through the process with patience. I had used one of the dress and head piece from her amazing maternity collection for the maternity shoot.

We also had our newborns photoshoot done few weeks ago. Again she was brilliant with him and handled the session with thorough professionalism. All the props she used for the shoot were so beautiful we couldn’t wait to see the results! It was more than we had expected. Both me and my husband are very happy with the whole experience.

We would definitely recommend!


We recently did a cake smash for our 1 year old daughter. The whole experience was really fun and our daughter instantly took to Jade. Thank you again for making her 1st birthday so memorable.


Would just like to say a massive thank you to jade for the amazing photos. You did an amazing job. You was very helpful in letting us have a second attempt as Isabel would not play ball the first time. I'm one happy mummy.



THANK YOU!!! Jade was amazing with our little boy Charlie. She was so patient settling him, resulting in some absolutely fab pics. All of which was fascinating to watch from jade soothing him to positioning him. We can not wait now to show off the prints. Thank you again. We will be back.


Amazing photos from the mini newborn shoot!! We really struggled to choose which 3 to have as they were all adorable. Jade really had to work for the shots she got as Penelope was really not playing ball bless her, but all the hard work (rocking and soothing her for over an hour) paid off! She has the patience of a saint! Would highly recommend. We can’t wait to come back and get some more lovely pictures as she gets older! Thank you.


Jade was brilliant with both our children (Florence who was just 2 weeks and Ethan who on that day was every inch a terrible 2). She was so patient and worked her magic and produced a stunning family shot (we’re still stumped as to how she did it) and beautiful portraits of Florence. This was all in the stifling heat and standard newborn poop explosions!! When we returned to choose they were all displayed to help us choose and there was no pressure as to what to have/ spend. We even changed the colours on some to make them work as a group display piece. Really happy and worth every penny also loved the gift bag with little treats as it made it feel much more personal and was a lovely touch x


Thank you for our lovely newborn and sitter photos!


I booked in at Inspirique as a surprise present for my at the time heavily pregnant fiancée! From the get go Jade was an absolute pleasure to work with and was so friendly yet professional! We both aren’t keen on having our photos taken but Jade couldn’t have done more to make us feel comfortable and relaxed. We’ve since received our photos and are over the moon.

I couldn’t recommend Jade (Inspirique) more and have since been for our newborn shoot! Look no further than here if you are after a quality, comfortable photo shoot!


Excellent experience in a warm and welcoming environment. Jade worked wonders with my son Charlie to achieve the perfect shots.

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Emma Platneur


Wow, just wow!!! I am a Mummy of four and after having my last daughter Effie, I finally decided to a have a newborn shoot after seeing Jade’s amazing work. I was not disappointed!!! Not only does Jade provide amazing photography but she makes the whole experience extremely enjoyable and special. Effie was only a few weeks old when we ventured over as a family 6. Effie was handled with care and love and Jade had this magical ability to keep her calm and content throughout the session. Jade was also kind and patient enough to take a picture of all four of our children (literally a genius!!). The way in which our images were displayed for us to choose from was beautiful, personal (and emotional). Everything is done with care. We love our prints and can not recommend Inspirique enough.