Looking for unique and affordable newborn photography props? Find these newborn props around your home from baskets to wraps with DIY tips too!
Are you a newborn photographer or maybe looking to take your own newborn pictures? Regardless of your ‘status’ finding props that fit YOU and your style are mandatory in order for you to LOVE your baby pictures! Newborn photography is so rewarding and fulfilling, yet having the right tools will certainly make each session go smoothly and efficiently.
Newborn Photography Props
Many of these props are not only affordable but could be found around your home or clients home…or if you are willing to take on a little DIY project you could easily make them. Newborn photography props can become addicting – there I warned you! Everything is so tiny, so cute, so dainty, so perfect and so inviting.
Before you start a newborn session be sure to grab this FREE Newborn Session Checklist!
We’ll break all of these props down into sections for girls, boys and then for newborn props that could go for either gender!
Newborn Photo Props for Girls
Many newborn photographers and studio owners like to have outfits on hand that are available to their clients to use. I personally love this idea, it takes some stress of of a new mom plus helps the photographer to keep the outfit colors and style true to their photography style and vibe.
Baby girl photography outfits – oh there is nothing sweeter and more fun to shop for! These can be super sweet and dainty. Consider these options as a great baby outfit for pictures, unless you are going for all pictures to be swaddled or a little on the naked side.
Headbands for newborn girls – There is nothing sweeter than a dainty headband on a baby girl! A small rosette, a bow wrap head band or a crocheted flower. A little head band can add so much sweetness to just one simple photo. Here is a great example of a DIY newborn prop – simply you’ll need elastic and a rosette! These can easily be found at a craft store or there are so so soooo many adorable headbands right here on Amazon!
Baby Boy Photo Prop Ideas
I know many people talk about how much fun it is to buy for a girl because there are so many more options…I have to disagree – there are so many handsome options for the little guys too!!! Here are some outfit recommendations to get you started or inspired!
Yes the girls have the headbands but the little guys can have the cute newborn photography hats or even bowties! Here are a few examples of some adorable hats from Amazon for both baby boys and baby girls.
Wooden Newborn Props
There are so many great wooden pieces that can be used for newborn props. I love the wooden toys, bowls, wooden blocks, wooden letters spelling out the newborns name and even wooden chairs that can be used. Always keep in mind the safety when buying these wooden props or making them yourself – always keep in mind newborn safety with each prop. Safety FIRST! You can never be too cautious or safe – having an extra set of hands (a parent or assistant) by your side is a great rule as well.
Books- Found around your home or gathered from a store! Classic Children’s books are always a fun prop to add to a newborn session. Use a stack or just use a few…play around with your prop placement before placing your newborn.
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Baskets- A classic baby photo prop is a basket! They come in all shapes and sizes as well as all kinds of character to them.
Baby Toys- Found around ones home…consider using wooden letter blocks to spell the babies name.
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Baby Blankets- Use a personal blanket if you can as it gives more meaning! Everyone has blankets and they come in all shapes and sizes! Not to mention all kinds of colors and character can be found in them to bring some personality to the newborn session.
I personally love love love the muslin baby blankets now…they are so airy, soft and the prints are SO adorable! If your newborn has a theme to their nursery (ask the parents) I think it’s adorable to get a blanket matching the theme!
Newborn Metal Bed Prop
These sweet newborn beds as props have really become popular and sweet! There are of course wooden beds as well as metal and many times you can create a DIY wooden bed…but the metal beds are so unique!
There are so many great resources now to help you in deciding what props are safe to use, easy to use and should be used within your photography and studio. There are so many more ideas that can be incorporated into newborn pictures, use your better judgement and what you find comfortable to use. Take care of those precious squishy newborns.
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