DIY: Your Newborn's Portraits

Ah! They grow so fast. If most parents could, they would hire a pro photographer to do monthly portraits of their kids because they are ALWAYS changing and growing!


You and I both know that’s spendy… well, depending on whom you hire. :)

My newborn (AH!) is now 1 month old… and I am SO ashamed to admit that I JUST whipped out my DSLR. For the first time since she was born. Bad mom award goes to me. I’ve really only been using my iPhone and the Instagram app because I haven’t been by my camera. I should be taking photos all the time of this child… she really is a beauty. I did some impromptu photos of Rowan to use for Mothers Day (and just to have) and I’m going to share the nitty gritty with you and how I did it - so you can do it too! I’m not gonna lie… it takes patience and about 200 frames to get about 7 good shots, but it’s absolutely worth the work.

And, if all hell breaks loose… just hire a professional! ;)

DISCLAIMER: I am by no means an expert at this, I'm just sharing my experience with you and what worked for me. For those of you who will ask me later, I used my Nikon D7000 and my 50mm 1.4 lens.

So, here's what I did.

+ Dress up (or down) your baby! I stripped Rowan for these, and added a headband.

+ I chose a location in my house with the best natural light. I knew I wanted a white background, so I just opted to use my bed as a starting point because I have white sheets and a HUGE window. Then, to protect my sheets in case Rowan “spritzed”, I laid down a multi-use changing table pad and covered it with a soft, white Aden + Anais blanket (more on those in a different post) to continue the white background. I even put a pillow under the blankets to help her prop up.

+ Shoot, shoot, shoot. Re-adjust your baby, and keep shooting. Clap, sing, do what you gotta do to distract.

+ Eventually, I moved into Rowan’s room and utilized the changing table because I liked that light better. Again, I used the Aden + Anais blanket to cover up the light pink changing table cover to make it more crisp.

My setup:

Near the end, she got REALLY cranky. And you know I’ll keep it real with you. This is what I was dealing with:

Ohhhh no. I did NOT wreck the whole house for nothing. I was determined to get something. I sang, I danced… no cigar. Finally, I started putting the pacifier in her mouth until her regular pink color returned (versus the tomato red she gets when she’s mad) and then I focused my lens, and with my free hand, I removed the passi and shot a picture. Rinse and repeat. And repeat. And repeat.

The aftermath of the room (nothing is in it's place at ALL):


The results:



Clearly after awhile with the pacifier trick, she had a trust issue with me. She's giving me the stink eye. HAHA

BUT, it paid off in the end. Oh my stars, her eyes are GORGEOUS here!

I’m happy :)