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Top 10 Creative Baby Photo Ideas

by Brenda Barron on Apr 29, 2019

Your new baby is one of the most beautiful things you’ll ever see in your lifetime.

Although your child will always be gorgeous in your eyes, it’s important to capture those initial months and years of life, while they’re still growing into the person they’re going to be.

A professional baby shoot allows you to preserve some amazing moments with your youngster, while they still have chubby cheeks and that adorable curiosity that makes babies so compelling.

The question is, how do you come up with creative baby photo ideas that will really set your photo album apart from the pack?

Here we’re going to look at a number of great ideas to get you started.

1.     Best Friend and Baby

If you’ve got a pet in your household already, then you’ve also got an instant best friend for your baby. The natural curiosity of a youngster, combined with playful attitude of most puppies, dogs, and kittens can make for an excellent photo shooting opportunity. Take advantage of the wonderful relationship your child and your pet have by getting them together for a quick shoot.

All you need is to bring the animal and baby together in the same room and let them hang out together naturally. Just make sure you feel comfortable with having your pet around the child first.

2.     Charting Progress

Babies grow a lot quicker than you might think. If you want to keep track of every stage of their progress, then it’s a good idea to try a month by month photo shoot. You can try out different creative baby photo ideas each month while showing how your little one has grown up over the last thirty days. Don’t forget to include something in the shoot that shows the age of the baby too!

A baby laying in a basket, zoomed in on their feet

3.     The Basket Case

Ideal for new-born babies, the basket photoshoot is a classic, and a wonderful way to demonstrate the soft and gentle appearance of your baby. All you need to do is find an attractive basket and fill it with something wonderfully soft to cradle your youngster while they sleep.

Soft blankets and faux fur are always good options. Consider adding a teddy bear or other additional props to give a personal touch to the image. A lightroom preset will add something extra to the picture too!

4.     Self-Discovery Shoots

When it comes to creative baby photo ideas, this is by far one of the easiest to manage, and one of the most compelling. Simply set up a few mirrors in a room (making sure that they’re stable), and place your baby in a cute outfit. Then allow your youngster to crawl around on the floor and discover their reflections.

You’re sure to get some truly incredible shots as your baby sees themselves from a variety of different angles.

A black-and-white image of a baby laying in a blanket

5.     Play with your Food

Babies don’t have to be clean and pristine all the time. Sometimes you can get the very best photos when you allow your youngster to be as messy as they like. Cake smash photos and other pictures of babies playing with cookies and sweet treats are a great way to have some fun with your photo album. Plus, your baby gets to explore some delicious flavors at the same time!

Everybody wins!

6.     Play with Perspectives

If your baby isn’t quite capable of crawling around by themselves yet, then most of what they do is going to be lying around. With that in mind, why not elevate your camera and get some creative baby photos from above.

Create a landscape or background on the floor and place your baby in the perfect position. Once your child looks like they’re doing something unusual, like flying through the sky, snap photos for some incredible shots.

An overhead shot of a very young baby laying in a basket

7.     Make the Most of Photoshop

Speaking of playing with perspectives, there’s a reason why photographers love photoshop so much. Why not make the most of this incredible tool by transporting your baby into some unique environments and situations?

There are some truly amazing things that you can do with photoshop and a picture of your little one on a white background. All you need to do is set up the editing software and let your mind run free.

8.     Sibling Love

Finally, if this isn’t your first child, make sure that the other one doesn’t feel left out. Enjoy some fantastic moments between brother and sister, sister and sister, or brother and brother. Let them play together naturally, and you’ll end up with some of the most precious images that you’ll ever see. Guaranteed.

A baby laying on a blanket with their big sister

There you have it, plenty of creative baby photo ideas to get you started as you search for the perfect image to display on your wall. For more advice, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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