Getting ready for a newborn photoshoot can be a challenge for new parents. With all the new changes a baby brings to the family—not to mention the lack of sleep—it’s not at all surprising when parents aren’t sure what to include for their photoshoot. Of course, the highlight is always the new little one, but it’s fun to dress up the photos a bit, too. You may be surprised, a little goes a long way.

Here are my favorite props to include in newborn photoshoots. Let’s check them out:

  1. Family Heirlooms

    Does your family have special heirlooms that have been passed down through the generations? Did great-grandma have a special nick-knack? Is Dad a baseball fan with an heirloom from a game? Whatever the case, family heirlooms make great photo props to tie the generations together in a beautiful image.

    newborn photoshoot with baby and baseball

  2. Stuffed Animals

    Babies bring out the stuffed animal lover in all of us. Why not include them in your newborn photoshoot? Not only will it show appreciation for the gift, but it may serve as a wonderful way to view your child’s growth throughout the years. Especially when used as a comparison from year to year.

    baby next to heart for newborn photoshoot

  3. Cherished Blankets

    Another gift often received when a newborn arrives on the scene happens to be baby blankets. Some of them are nothing less of gorgeous. Many are thoughtful, beautiful, handmade gifts from relatives and friends that will be cherished throughout the years to come. Include them in your newborn photoshoot to bring a touch of color, texture, and warmth to your little one.

  4. Family Pets

    Including pets in newborn photo sessions can be a wonderful way to introduce your new little one to the family. Big or small, I’ve shot them all with the new little people in their life.

    Newborn Photo Shoot

  5. Comfy Rugs

    There’s something adorable about a little one on a sheepskin run. I love it. If your family has comfy rugs, blankets, bedding (or would like to use mine), they can bring added texture and dimension to some of the photos.

  6. Seasonal Mementos

    A wonderful way to tip your hat to the time of year your little one was born is by bringing in seasonal mementos. This could be in the form of fall leaves, a Christmas ornament, or even a Valentine’s heart. Put on your thinking cap and get creative. There are tons of ways to honor the season by incorporating it into your next newborn session.

    baby with fall leaves for newborn photoshoot

Professional Washington DC Photographer Julie KubalAbout the Author:

Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!

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