50+ Tips and Ideas for Newborn Photography

Scrunchy little faces, sweet wrinkles, and rolls…is there anything more precious than a newborn babe?! We think not! That is why today we are featuring the perfect way to savor that precious “newborn stage!” Whether you are a skilled photographer or someone who just likes snapping their own photos, we have come up with the perfect tips and ideas for a newborn photo shoot… JUST FOR YOU! Get ready for a serious overload of

Newborn Photography Inspiration

Tips and Ideas for Newborn Photography

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We are just LOVING all of the beautiful photography inspiration on Pinterest. {Speaking of Pinterest,  you’re gonna want to pin this baby right now! Trust us! You will want to save these gems for future reference!}

To make browsing easier, we’ve divided them into 5 categories…

  • 20 Newborn Photography Pose Ideas
  • 14 Newborn Photography Prop Ideas
  • 5 At-Home Lifestyle Newborn Photography Ideas
  • 10 Monthly Baby Photo Ideas
  • 10 Newborn Photography Tips and Tricks

So whether you’re looking for ideas for a newborn photo shoot OR just want to snap some pictures of your newborn babe, you’re sure to find lots of ideas below!

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20 NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY POSE IDEAS

Adorable Newborn Photography Pose Ideas

It is always great to have ideas and suggestions for posing your baby! Knowing a couple of poses beforehand that you absolutely LOVE can really help you get just the picture you’re looking for.  Here are some of our favorite pose ideas for a newborn photography session…

Pose Ideas With Family

Sources {A} Kelsy Nielson Photographer {B} Hart to Hart Photography {C} Heather Telford Photography {D} Laurie Sachs Photography {E} Heather Telford Photography {F} Christie Hobson Photography {G} Heather Telford Photography

1. Newborn Photography Pose Ideas with Family – There is nothing as sweet as a new family member! Snuggle up together as a family and snap a few precious pictures with your newest addition! If you’ve got a baby girl, make sure you’ve snagged some of these cute baby bows!

Pose Ideas with Daddy

Sources {A} Christine Naomi Photography {B} Hailey Faria Photography {C} Anastasia Photography {D} Eye Wander Photography {E} Courtney Leigh Photography {F} Kelsy Nielson Photography {G} Cassidy Brooke {H} BR Photography

2. Newborn Photography Pose Ideas with Daddy – These sweet cuddling and kissing poses are a great way to capture the love between a dad and their sweet newborn!

Pose Ideas with Mommy

Sources {A} Chelsea Lee Photography {B} Cassidy Brooke {C} Heather Telford Photography {D} Jean Smith Photography {E} Anastasia Photography {F} Chelsea Lee Photography

3. Newborn Photography Pose Ideas with Mommy – Is there anything as beautiful as the bond between a newborn and their mother?! We love these simple and beautiful newborn photography examples of babies with their adoring moms! Sigh! You might want to get a swaddle blanket – they make for some of the cutest images.

Pose Ideas with Siblings

Sources {A} N Barrett Photography {B} Eline Visscher Photography {C} Shanna Michelle Photography {D} Bailey Lane Photography {E} Anya Maria Photography {F} Heather Telford Photography {G} Hello Pinecone Photography

4. Newborn Photography Pose Ideas with Siblings – Be sure to include the baby’s siblings in some of your newborn photos! There are so many great pose ideas to capture the love between new brothers and sisters! We absolutely ADORE the precious sibling poses above!

Pose Ideas Outdoors

Sources {A} Angelina Lopez Photography {B} Jean Smith Photography {C} Christie Hobson Photography {D} Hailey Faria Photography {E} Chelsea Lee Photography {F} Hailey Faria Photography

5. Newborn Photography Pose Ideas Outdoors – If the weather permits, take your newborn photo shoot outside! Shooting photos outdoors can be a great way to add warmth and color to your pictures! This Newborn Hammock with your little one will have you all heart eyes!

Pose Ideas Parents Kissing

Sources {A} Christine Naomi Photography {B} Courtney Leigh Photography {C} Jami West Photography {D} Jean Smith Photography {E} Melissa Taylor Photography {F} Kelsy Nielson Photography

6. Parents Kissing Newborn Photography Poses – Capture the love between the new parents in your pictures! We love these photos of couples kissing while holding their precious bundle of joy! If you like the crochet hats that have been seen around social media, you HAVE to see this one – it’s to die for!

Swaddled Baby

Sources {A} Chelsea Lee Photography {B} Jean Smith Photography} {C} Christine Naomi Photography} {D} Chelsea Lee Photography {E} Leah Naomi {F} Kelsy Nielson Photography {G} Sami Jo Photography {H} Jean Smith Photography

7. Swaddled Newborn Pose Ideas – In general, newborns love to be swaddled! Wrap up your baby “snug as a bug” in a muslin blanket and snap some beautiful photos!

Pose Ideas for Baby between Parents

Sources {A} Eye Wander Photography {B} Kelsy Nielson Photography {C} Jean Smith Photography {D} Anastasia Photography {E} Love Bud Photography {F} Jean Smith Photography {G} Christine Naomi Photography

8. Newborn Pose Ideas Between Parents – We LOVE the idea of including parents in a newborn photo shoot!  Check out the gorgeous examples above of couples snuggled up with their newest bundle of joy! These shots in this frame would be a great gift for any mom or dad.

Pose Ideas on Tummy

Sources {A} Love Bud Photography {B} Heather Telford Photography {C} Love Bud Photography {D} Chelsea Lee Photography {E} Kristin Vincent Photography

9. Newborn Poses on Tummy – Aren’t these photo examples of a newborn lying on their tummy SO cute?! Simply lay out a blanket and gently place a baby on their stomach for a sweet picture! These fuzzy fur mats will make a perfect prop for a tummy pose.

Holding Newborn Against Chest

Sources {A} Leah Naomi {B} Julie Parker Photography {C} Cassidy Brooke {D} Chelsea Lee Photography {E} Christie Hobson Photography {F} Christine Naomi Photography {G} Jami West Photography

10. Holding Newborn Against Chest Poses – Cuddle up with your newborn babe by holding them up against your chest. This sweet newborn photography pose is both serene and beautiful!

Newborn Pose Ideas on Elbows

Sources {A} Rebekah Westover Photography {B} Shanna Michelle Photography {C} Kristen Vincent Photography {D} Kristen Vincent Photography {E} Jami West Photography

11. Newborn Propped on Elbows Poses – Aren’t these newborns babies propped up on their elbows just precious?! Check out some of our newborn photography safety tips and tricks below on how to re-create this adorable pose!

Parents Blurred in Background

Sources {A} Heather Telford Photography {B} Anastasia Photography {C} Cassidy Brooke {D} Petersen Pictures {E} Melissa Taylor Photography {F} Anastasia Photography

12. Parents Blurred in Background Poses – Create some depth to your photos by placing the parents in the background of your pictures! We are in love with these unique ideas and examples above!

Pose Ideas Smiling at Camera

Sources {A} Hart to Hart Photography {B} Love Bud Photography {C} Cassidy Brooke {D} Love Bud Photography {E} Heather Telford Photography {F} Kristen Vincent Photography

13. Newborn Photography Pose Ideas Smiling at Camera – Capture the joy of the new parents by having them smile at the camera with their darling baby!

Parents Kissing Newborn

Sources {A} Christine Naomi Photography {B} Rachel Nicole Photography {C} Eye Wander Photography {D} Jean Smith Photography {E} Chelsea Lee Photography {F} Zwart Fotografie

14. Parents Kissing Newborn Pose Ideas – Who doesn’t love kissing a a squishy newborn?! Be sure to take some precious pictures of the parents giving their baby sweet kisses!

Baby in Hands

Sources {A} Christine Naomi Photography {B} Jean Smith Photography {C} Cassidy Brooke {D} Jean Smith Photography {E} Shanna Michelle Photography

15. Newborn Photography Baby in Hands Pose Ideas – Take some close-up shots of a newborn in their parent’s hands! Remember they are only this small for a short time, so be sure to capture their petite size! It’s this short time period that the parents of the newborn will want to remember forever.

Lying Down with Baby

Sources {A} Kelsy Nielson Photography {B} Jean Smith Photography {C}Hart to Hart Photography {D} Tia Stout Photography {E} Cassidy Brooke

16. Lying Down with Newborn Pose Ideas – Create a serene and beautiful picture by lying down with your new bundle of joy! We are going CRAZY over these gorgeous examples above! White blankets always make a good backdrop – especially for a photo lying down.

Baby on Shoulder Pose

Sources {A} Lizzy Jean Photography {B} Love Bud Photography {C} Jean Smith Photography {D} Kelsy Nielson Photography {E} Love Bud Photography

17. Newborn over Shoulder Pose Idea – Peek-a-boo! Place your newborn over your shoulder for a sweet newborn photography pose!

Lap Pose Idea

Sources {A} Hart to Hart Photography {B} Kelsy Nielson Photography {C} Christina Mcguire Photography {D} Blu Hippo Photography {E} Jean Smith Photography {F} Kristen Vincent Photography

18. Newborn on Lap Pose Ideas – Show off your newborn by placing them in your lap during your newborn photo shoot! This simple pose leads to some beautiful pictures!

Pose Ideas Looking Down at Baby

Sources {A} Rachael Nicole Photography {B} Eye Wander Photography {C} Jean Smith Photography {D} Jean Smith Photography

19. Parents Looking Down at Newborn Pose Ideas – Here is another great pose idea that incorporates the new parents! Capture the emotions and love of the newborn’s mom and dad, by having them look down at their new baby! If you have a little guy and you are doing some of the bare bum shots, be sure to have a PeePee TeePee on hand {wink!}

Newborn Pose for Baby on Back

Sources {A} Kelsy Nielson Photography {B} Chelsea Lee Photography {C} Alma Moore Photography {D} Rebekah Westover Photography {E} Love Bud Photography {F} Megan Welker Photography

20. Newborn Lying on Back Pose Ideas – We love the simplicity of these photos of a newborn lying on it’s back! No props… just a sweet picture of a baby! This gray faux fur is perfect for photographing your baby on his/her back.

14 NEWBORN PROP IDEAS

Newborn Prop Ideas

Props are a fun way to add personality and color to your photos of a darling newborn baby.  Here are 14 props that are perfect for newborn photography sessions… 

Prop Ideas Baskets and Crates

Sources {A} Jean Smith Photography {B} Captured By Claudia {C} Captured By Carrie {D} Christine Naomi Photography {E} Christine Naomi Photography {F} Laura Elyse Photography {G} Hart to Hart Photography {H} Captured by Claudia

21. Baskets and Crates – Baskets and crates are the PERFECT newborn photography prop because they are so versatile! Not only do they come in a wide variety of shapes and materials, but babies can also be placed in them in a number of different poses!

Ideas using Faux Fur

Sources {A} Meghan Owens Photography {B} Anya Maria Photography {C} Kristen Vincent Photography {D} Laurie Sachs Photography {E} Hart to Hart Photography {F} Stephanie Tanner Photography {G} Jean Smith Photography

22. Faux Fur Blankets – We love the idea of using faux fur in a newborn photo because it adds texture! Create a soft cushion for the baby by using this comfy material!

Prop Ideas using All White Objects

Sources {A} Cassidy Brooke {B} Laurie Sachs Photography {C} Michael Kormos Photography {D} Heather Telford Photography {E} Gracie Blue Photography {F} Stephanie Tanner Photography {G} Love Bud Photography

23. All White Props – You can re-create these gorgeous examples from above by using white props (blankets, chairs, or frames) in your newborn photos! By using all white props, you can capture the peacefulness of a newborn baby!

Pose Ideas using Chairs

Sources {A} Cassidy Brooke {B} Rachel Wallace Photography {C} Heather Telford Photography {D} Jean Smith Photography {E} Shanna Michelle Photography

24. Chairs – Chairs can make a newborn photo prop! Bright, fun chairs are a great way to add a pop of color to your newborn pictures!

Prop Ideas Using Flowers

Sources {A} Matt and Julie Weddings {B} Lizzy Jean Photography {C} Christie Hobson Photography {D} Angelina Lopez Photography {E} Chelsea Lee Photography {F} Captured by Claudia

25. Flowers – Highlight your sweet baby by placing beautiful flowers around them! Spring and summer are the perfect season for adding colorful flowers to your newborn photos.

Prop Ideas Patterned Blanket

Sources {A} Hailey Faria Photography {B} Kelsy Nielson Photography {C} Rae Portraits {D} Leah Naomi Photography {E} Kelsy Nielson Photography {F} Lizzy Jean Photography

26. Patterned Blankets – We are IN LOVE with the idea of incorporating fun textures and patterns to your newborn photos! The best way to do that is with cute baby blankets, like these!  Be sure to choose blankets that are warm and soft!

Prop Ideas Stuffed Animal

Sources {A} Kristen Vincent Photography {B} Cassidy Brooke {C} Zwart Fotographie {D} Chelsea Lee Photography {E} Chelsea Lee Photography

27. Stuffed Animals – Personalize your photos by including your baby’s favorite stuffed animal in your pictures! This elephant would be perfect for a photo shoot!

Prop Ideas Baskets and Crates

Sources {A} {B} Dawn Matthes Photography {C} Summer Couture Photography {D} Shannon Wight Photography {E} Love Bud Photography

28. Wedding Bands – Sometimes keeping it simple when it comes to props is the best way to go! Using the parents wedding bands in a newborn photo shoot is a great way to create a simple and memorable photo!

Prop Ideas Calendars

Sources {A} By Rosenhoff {B} Corrina Walker Photography {C} Rebecca Keller Photography

29. Newspapers and Calendars – Create a unique newborn photo shoot by incorporating calendars and newspaper clippings from the day the baby was born! You can also grab one of these darling milestone blankets!

Newborns Prop Ideas using Hats

Sources {A} Love Bud Photography {B} Amber Photography {C} Jean Smith Photography {D} Christine Naomi Photography {E} Kristen Vincent Photography

30. Hats, Hats, and MORE HATS –  From a simple knitted hat to a fun character beanie, hats are a great way to spruce up your newborn photos! {And as an added bonus, they are a great way to keep a baby warm during their photo session!} I think the fox hat is one of my very favorites.

Prop Ideas Stretch Wraps

Sources {A} Captured by Carrie {B} Jami West Photography {C} Alicia Gould Photography {D} Erica Kirby Photography {E} Chelsea Lee Photography

31. Stretch Wraps – Wraps are the perfect newborn photography prop because most babies like to be swaddled! Wrapping up a baby gives them a sense of comfort and security. Stretch wraps are also a great prop to include in your newborn photos because they can be used in a variety of different ways! Check out all the great examples above!

Prop Ideas for the Fall

Sources {A} Captured by Claudia {B & C} Southern Charm Portraits {D} Kimberly G Photography {E} Stock Photo {F} Stock Photo

32. Newborn Photography Props for Fall – If your baby is born during the fall season, grab some fun props like pumpkins, acorns, and cute knit hats for a special newborn photo session! This pumpkin outfit is too cute for words!

Prop Ideas for Spring

Sources {A} Stock Photo {B} Stock Photo {C} Stock Photo {D} Stock Photo {E} Deidre Lynn Photography {F} Stock Photo

33. Newborn Photography Props for Spring – Doing a newborn photo shoot during the spring? Be sure to include some fun props like bunny rabbit hats, carrots, and bird nests for creative newborn pictures!

Prop Ideas for Christmas

Sources {A} Melissa Devoe Photography {B} Megan Sugden Photography {C} Rainbow Eleven {D} Stock Photo {E} Sugar Lens Photography {F} Stock Photo

34. Newborn Photography Props for Christmas – If your baby is born during the Christmas season, grab some creative props like ornaments, Christmas lights, and cute knit hats for a special newborn photo session! This Christmas hat is begging for your baby {wink!}

5 NEWBORN AT-HOME PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS & IDEAS

Newborn Lifestyle Photography Ideas

There is something so beautiful and special about capturing a new life, especially in their own environment! Instead of using props and planned backgrounds, try incorporating the baby’s family and surroundings for a unique lifestyle approach to newborn photography. Nothing is more precious than capturing the day-to-day moments in a baby’s life!

Newborn Photos in the Nursery

Sources {A} BR Photography {B} Jean Smith Photography {C} Deidre Lynn Photography {D} Cassidy Brooke {E} Jean Smith Photography {F} Jean Smith Photography

35. Newborn Photography Ideas At Home in the Nursery – Taking a newborn’s pictures in the nursery is such a great idea! Not only do you capture the sweetness of a newborn, but also the personality of the the family in their environment! The new addition will love to see these photos years from now. When you have your photos all complete, make sure you display one. This is one of our favorite newborn displays.

Newborn Photos on the Bed

Sources {A} Courtney Leigh Photography {B} Melissa Jill {C} Cassidy Brooke {D} Shanna Michelle Photography {E} Hart to Hart Photography {F} Love Bud Photography

36. Newborn Photography Ideas At Home on the Bed – A great way to get pictures of a family with a newborn is by photographing them on the master bed! It is a very personal space and also helps to show just how tiny the baby is!

Photos in the Crib

Sources {A} Cassidy Brooke {B} Shanna Michelle Photography {C} Jennifer Boyle Photography {D} Michael Kormos Photography {E} Cassidy Brooke} {F} Stock Photo

37. Newborn Photography Ideas At Home in the Crib – A beautiful way to tell a story through newborn photography is by taking pictures of a baby in their crib! It’s these moments that the statement “a picture is worth 1000 words” is true! Bonus points if you have a cute stuffed animal like this one.

Newborn Photos on the Couch

Sources {A} Julie Parker Photography {B} Jean Smith Photography {C} Michael Kormos {D} Three Strand Photography {E} Michael Kormos Photography {F} Love Bud Photography

38. Newborn Photography Ideas At Home on the Couch – Another intimate place to get a great family picture with a newborn is on the couch! It is a great spot to get close and snuggle as a new family!

Newborn Photos on the Rocking Chair

Sources {A} BR Photography {B} Jamie Jones Photography {C} Deidre Lynn Photography {D} Sami Jo Photography

39. Newborn Photography Ideas on the Rocking Chair – One of the great things about lifestyle newborn photography is you get the opportunity to document the family’s day-to-day activities with their newest addition! Don’t forget to document a parent rocking their newborn to sleep for a sweet memory! A rocker that I have loved is

6 MONTH BY MONTH BABY PICTURE IDEAS

Monthly Baby Photos

Capture the growth of your newborn with creative monthly baby photos! Here is a little creative inspiration for capturing your baby’s monthly milestones!

Monthly Baby Pose Ideas

40. All About Baby Monthly Photos and Stats – Use this unique idea from Tonya at Tonya Teran photography to document your baby’s special milestones each month! These photos are seriously priceless!

41. Belly to 12 Months Baby Photos We love these monthly baby photos from Simply Rosie! Capture the growth of your newborn baby from pregnancy to twelve months!

42. Monthly Baby Pictures on a Quilt – Anyone can take pictures each month on a darling baby quilt! These milestone blankets are some of my favorite. 

43. Cute Monthly Baby Banners – Hang a cute banner to show the age of your baby each month! We especially LOVE these gorgeous designs from Je’adore!

44. All About Baby Monthly Photos using Props – Looking for a unique way to capture your baby each month? Take a look at these original photos from A Mommy in the City using creative and interesting props!

45. Monthly Baby Photos in a Basket – Watch your baby grow by taking pictures each month in the same basket! You’ll love the end result!! This basket would be a really cute one to use, just throw in a comfy blanket.

6 NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS AND TRICKS

Newborn Photography Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tips to help even the most novice of photographers capture some amazing pics of their newborn!

Tips and Tricks for Newborn Photography

46. How to Smooth Backgrounds in PhotoshopCheck out this awesome Youtube tutorial on how to smooth backgrounds in photoshop! This is a super useful newborn photoshop trick, especially if you are placing a newborn on a blanket during your photo shoot!

47. Tips for Shooting Indoors – Here are some valuable newborn photography tips from Angie Warren for shooting indoors!

48. Essential Tricks for Setting Up a Newborn Photo Shoot – Turning up the temperature in the room is just one essential tip when it comes to newborn photography! Check out more awesome tricks to create the perfect newborn pictures from Kelli Nicole!

49. Camera Setting Tips for Newborn Photography – If you are still learning to use your camera and want to capture some beautiful newborn pictures, here are some great camera setting tricks from Little Sprout Photography!

50. Newborn Photography: Anticipating the Shot You only have a split second to capture that priceless expression, ESPECIALLY when it comes to newborn photography! Here are some awesome tips from Lily Glass Photography on how to “anticipate the shot”!

51. Safety Tips for Posing Newborns – A crucial aspect of newborn photography is safely posing a baby! Be sure to do your research and follow tips for creating safe poses for your newborn.

And there you have it – over 50 newborn photography tips to get you inspired!

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Happy Picture Taking!

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    1. Hi Brittany! Oh no! Can you tell me the exact category and letter/number your image is marked and we will make certain you receive credit! We are always EXTREMELY careful about making sure we find original sources. Thank you!

  1. Seriously, all of these pictures are absolutely adorable! I’m due to give birth to my first daughter next month, and I definitely want to get some good baby pictures of her. I really love the parents kissing the newborn idea. I always think it’s super sweet to see parents kissing their babies…I don’t know why, it just melts my heart every time. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Brook! First of all congratulations! Seriously there is nothing in the world like a sweet newborn baby! Cherish every second with her! Second, we couldn’t agree with you more! We LOVE when photographers include parents in the newborn photoshoots! It is so wonderful to see the love of a brand new family! Hope these ideas sparked some inspiration!

  2. Right now, I am pregnant with my third child. One of my favorite things to do when I have a baby is to make a big deal out of going to the photo studio with my family. We love to take pictures together and people love to see the pictures of the new baby especially. However, last time we did this, our oldest kept on crying. What is the best way to keep a child smiling during a photo shoot?

  3. These images are adorable. I’m a photographer and one to point out that some of these are very unsafe if you don’t know what you’re doing. Some of the images here are what’s called a composite which means it’s two images Photoshop together so that the safety of the baby is not put in danger. Anything where the baby is propped up on its own hands is incredibly unsafe to do if you’re not compositing in Photoshop. Newborn safety is imperative so please make sure if you’re doing these poses look into the research of how to do it and make sure that it’s completely safe for your baby