I recently had the pleasure of running a newborn photoshoot for the latest edition to the Gay family, baby Henrietta. Little Hettie is the youngest of three daughters to Victoria and Ed, big sisters being Caroline and Philippa. The Gay family are big fans of camping and I am sure it will not be long before Henrietta is taken on her first family camping holiday.
Mum, Victoria, chose me to take newborn baby photos of Henrietta as I had photographed our other two daughters. Victoria says,
“Helen has such a lovely way with children. She had such a calming manner with Henrietta and made the whole experience so relaxing. Helen provided some beautiful handmade outfits and props. We were also able to use our own soft toys and outfits. I liked the relaxed setting the best and of course the resultant photos!”
Ideas for Sentimental Newborn Props
I do have a lot of props for newborn photography sessions, in fact buying handmade and unique props has become a bit of a habit! I love looking on Etsy and in local independent shops for little pieces that make each session unique. Need some inspiration when picking out props for your newborn session? Want to make it unique and personal? Check out these great ideas for adding sentiment to your photos – ask me to recreate a family or sibling photo that you already have; bring special blankets that might have been hand knitted or handed down through your family; ask me about doing a session at your home to make it really special to your family; bring something from your childhood for me to include in the photos; bring an outfit or special toy that belonged to another of your children, if this isn’t your first baby; bring an item from your workplace or something related to a hobby of yours – for example I have photographed a newborn baby in his dad’s Apache helicopter helmet (check out separate blog); if you did a maternity session, you can do some similar poses with your baby and frame them side-by-side in your home or in an album. If you used an outfit or name blocks, ultrasound picture, etc., we can use those props again in these photos, too; bring your wedding rings and I can have your baby hold your them in their little hands or place them between their toes. Alternative idea: if you have a little girl, we could also use your wedding garter as a headpiece. There are so many options to make your newborn photo session unique and special to you and your family. Contact me to discuss ideas, any time!
“If you are looking for a relaxed experience for you and your baby, and some lovely photos at the end then I really couldn’t recommend Helen more. She was fab.” Victoria Gay, March 2019.