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How To Capture Simple Heartfelt Newborn Photos

By dearcrissy |

newborn photographyThere is one cliché uttered when you have a baby that rings painfully, and undeniably true.

They grow up too fast.

After browsing Babble’s Digital Photography Guide this week, I felt inspired to offer some simple tips to help you capture beautiful, heartfelt photographs of your new baby in the comfort of your own home.

Professional photo sessions are great, but you don’t need fancy props, complicated lighting, or expensive equipment to create gorgeous photo memories.

Grab your camera, and follow these 10 simple tips to achieve stunning results!

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Newborn Photography Tips

Use Natural Light

Utilizing natural light is absolutely key when photographing babies. Turn off your flash, and photograph your baby near a window or open door. This is the most important tip I can offer to anyone hoping to achieve beautiful portraits of their child.

Photo © Crissy Page

From the first breath to the first smile, tips on taking great newborn photos

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About dearcrissy



Crissy is a blogger and stay at home mom who resides in the Midwest with her two children. She has contributed to Babble, allParenting, BabyCenter and New Parent. In addition to writing, she also adores photography. More of her work can be found on her website, Dear Crissy.

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397 thoughts on “How To Capture Simple Heartfelt Newborn Photos

  1. Aparna V says:

    Great tips! I will try them out with my little one.

  2. Karen says:

    Great suggestions! Natural photos are definitely the best!

  3. courtney says:

    beautiful! i can’t wait to take pics of my newborn!

  4. Angela says:

    I love newborn photographs! Nothing more precious! Thanks for the tips!

  5. Mechele Johnson says:

    They do grow too fast! My 5th is 11 months today! I have always been horrible at taking pics but my 16 year old daughter is a natural! She is already working on a gallery showing and planning her Senior project around photography. She has taken some awesome shots of the baby for me, and I had her read this post. She loved it…Thank you.

  6. Theresa says:

    I have so much trouble taking pics of my kiddos. Never seem to get a good one. Thanks for the tips.

  7. Michelle B says:

    I wish had known these when Jack was little. I could have had a lot more good pictures.

  8. Katrina says:

    Great tips.

  9. Mercedes says:

    Thank you for these tips! Our daughter spent the first two months in NICU and I feel like I missed so much. This will help me to capture everything else! :D

  10. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I love these tips and all the photos but my favorite tip is about the things you never think of and that is the little toes and finger and ears. Sweet thank you so much for sharing! :)

  11. Rose Powell says:

    You are truly an inspiration, all of the great things you are doing! But not to mention you often share with me, new information, like I totally wish I had known you when I was pregnant with my last child, keep up the fantastic work!

  12. Jill A. Collins says:

    I used to do photojournalism in the early 1990′s for a collectibles magazine, back when we were still doing film. The best advantage photographers have today with digital is that you don’t have to wait to see if you got the shot. Combine that with your expert tips and amateur photographers should all be able to get that special shot with much less expense and mistakes!

  13. /heather says:

    Awesome tips. I need to start taking more of my babies!

  14. Angela Scrofano says:

    Wonderful tips!

  15. Angie Coleman says:

    What beautiful photographs! Thank you for sharing with all of us.

  16. Caitlin G says:

    I looooove newborn pics…their little feet are my favorite. I seriously love using a 50 mm lens with a 1.4 fstop to get the best amount of blurriness!

  17. Jordan says:

    gorgeous! beautiful/inspirational stuff for my newborn shoots coming up! thanks love!

  18. Macy English says:

    I often take newborn pictures and I love your tips! Keep posting away!

  19. Jessica Barney says:

    Love your lighting and composition :)

  20. danielle says:

    wow beautiful work!!

  21. Danielle says:

    Such a great article. I was too exhausted after having both of my babies that I never really got to “practice” with a newborn. I’m hoping if I get pg again I will take the time.

  22. Nicole Ogden | {baby boom} photography says:

    Thanks for the tips! I’m photography my brand new niece (once she makes her arrival!) and am excited to try some of these out!

  23. Shannon Bulla says:

    Wonderful tips! Thanks!

  24. Jessica says:

    These are so sweet!

  25. Hilda White says:

    Great tips!!

  26. Jes Meeker says:

    As a portrait photographer and a soon to be mom, these tips were a great reminder of how to capture heartwarming photos. thanks!

  27. kacee mott says:

    Beautifully captured!

  28. Rikki says:

    Gosh I wish I could have had these tips when my daughter was a baby! I had the hardest time ever taking her pictures and ended up spending a fortune for professional photos.

  29. Sunday says:

    Really great tips, I have a baby shoot this weekend and I’ll definitely keep these in mind!

  30. Lindsay Roode says:

    Excellent advice! I especially love the family photo idea that shows the contrast. Definitely going to try that one out!

  31. Destiny says:

    Love all of these tips!

  32. Delaney Harbuck says:

    I cant wait to have my own kids to photograph everyday :)

  33. Mandi says:

    I didn’t take enough pictures of my baby when he was a baby. This means I need another one! Thanks for the tips!

  34. Allie Reid says:

    These are really great tips! Thanks!! :)

  35. Bobbi says:

    Love the tips!

  36. Project Gadabout says:

    These are great tips, even if your not photographing a newborn.

  37. Michelle Johnson says:

    These are great tips! I wish I knew this when I had my girls.

  38. lydia gross says:

    love this post :)

  39. april says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  40. Kim says:

    Great tips…I’ll definitely use them!

  41. Jen Emig says:

    Great tips! Thanks

  42. Julie Nack says:

    Great tips!

  43. Joy says:

    Great tips, I’ll try them on my niece and nephew!

  44. Lauren Jolly says:

    This is great! I don’t have kids yet, but I watched my younger brother grow up and he DEFINITELY grew up too fast! Photos are so important!! Thanks for the tips!

  45. Jennifer says:

    Great tips! My son is 3 now and I totally regret not taking lots of photos when he was a newborn. This is a great reminder to all the new moms and dads out there!

  46. dee perrin says:

    Great tips! I’m looking forward to photographing my little one when it gets here in February!

  47. Lynn says:

    I love including siblings in newborn shots! It’s a great way for the sibling to remember that they’re important too! And a good way to ease the “the baby is getting all of the attention” drama.

  48. Andrea says:

    Awesome Tips!

  49. Brittany Daigneault says:

    I’m a newborn photographer & couldn’t agree more with the tips, great post! :)

  50. Nancy Reid says:

    Great information ~ the natural light suggestion is much appreciated.

  51. Heather Monk says:

    These are great tips Crissy! I’ve been wanting to photograph babies for a long time. Hopefully I can use your tips soon!

  52. Erin G. says:

    I am always looking for great newborn tips!

  53. Brandi Compton says:

    These are awesome tips!! Thanks so much for posting!

  54. Katie says:

    I love getting photo tips (I’m totally just a “photo my kids” and not professional photographer), but love to get the best pics ever. Great article!

  55. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the tips! I have my first newborn shoot coming up and this will definitely help me!

  56. Kelly says:

    Great tips – thanks for sharing! Now I just need a new baby :)

  57. Brittany Dengerud says:

    Love this!

  58. Ashley Ivanyisky says:

    I will definitely be using these! Great tips! Can’t wait to try them out on my two girls!

  59. Alicia says:

    It’s so important to use natural light with babys. Flash can really ruin a great photo!

  60. Lindsey Adams says:

    <3 all the tips – they are so true!

  61. Lyn H says:

    These were some wonderful tips for creating lasting memories of your child/children! Love photographs that you can get lost in, even when it’s not your own.

  62. Stephanie C. says:

    Great Tips! I have twins on the way, so I’ll definitely save this post! I just need a better camera now!

  63. Chelsea @ Someday I'll Learn says:

    Great tips! My little dude is 5 months so this will come in handy.

  64. leanne roberts says:

    Great tips!!! :)

  65. Heather Rene Ahonen says:

    Oh my gosh! These are so cute!!! I can’t wait to experiment with my friend’s babies!

  66. Diana Kapala says:

    Great information and tips! All things that are great to remember when shooting newborns. I love the more natural, intimate, unposed moments with newborns!

  67. Kassi Hamilton says:

    Beautiful! I love the tips, thank you so much!!!!!

  68. Holly H says:

    Oh, I agree! Natural light is so important!

  69. Jeanne Mitchum says:

    Wow, these are really good tips. I truly struggle with photographing babies. Thanks!!

  70. Julie S says:

    Thanks for the advice!!

  71. Tara Erwin says:

    these are amazing tips! thanks so much! super helpful!

  72. Aimee says:

    Great tips! I would add if you absolutely must use a flash, bounce it off a neutral colored wall, a window, or a ceiling to soften it.

  73. Ida Mae says:

    Great tips!! Especially the no flash :)

  74. Amy Cornwell says:

    Wonderful suggestions – you are so right that time goes by too fast! :(

  75. sara lambert says:

    I wish I would have had these tips when my daughter was born. She’s only 4 months now so I have some time to catch up!!

  76. Kelley Andrea says:

    Wonderful tips; I’m excited to try them! Thank you!

  77. Kristen Fults says:

    Great tips!

  78. Kristin W says:

    Too bad my youngest is 13. Ugh. What beautiful, amazing photos that you’ll cherish forever. You’re lucky! Mine are few and far between. :(

  79. Erin says:

    Love. Thanks.

  80. Casey E. says:

    Such incredible tips! A dear friend of mine gave birth to her first child yesterday (a gorgeous little girl!) & I can’t wait to refer back to this post when I start taking pictures of her! Thank you for the advice! (P.S. My favorites are the shot with the pink blanket backdrop & the one with the baby’s feet. Love.).

  81. Cori Westphal says:

    Great tips! Now the key is to get them when they are happy! Any tips on getting rid of the 5-8 year old “forced” smile? My kids are terrible!

  82. Melissa B says:

    All great tips! I can’t wait to use them :)

  83. Mari DiGiovanni says:

    I’ve been around a bunch of babies lately – great tips!

  84. Stephanie Kernodle says:

    Thanks for the great tips!!

  85. Rene says:

    I wish there were blogs like this when I was preg with my four kids.

  86. Chelsea says:

    Wonderful read! As a new photography business woman, I look forward to implementing some of your tips! Thanks!

  87. Misty says:

    This is a great article thank you for sharing!

  88. Lisa says:

    Great tips!!!

  89. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy says:

    The pictures are wonderful. Great tips!!

  90. Krystal says:

    Good ideas ;)

  91. Kerri Tindle says:

    Love these images!

  92. Rachel Mazzaferro says:

    Great article! You don’t have to be a professional photographer to get wonderful images of your newborn if you follow this very simple advice!

  93. Sarah ronk says:

    Great tips! Natural light is so perfect!

  94. nikki says:

    I love using natural light for newborn photos

  95. Delayna Schneider says:

    I am continuously learning about how to more effeciently light my newborn sessions. They are my absolute favorite sessions- thank you for the suggestions!

  96. Erica G says:

    Thanks for the tip. I love using natural light instead of flash. My next house will be full of windows!

  97. rachel says:

    I think these kind of “homemade” photos are so much better than the studio ones.

  98. Kristin Smith says:

    Thanks for the great tips!!

  99. Kristin @ Mommy Kudos says:

    Great Tips! Thanks for sharing these!

  100. Jenn says:

    I love this! One of the reasons I wanted a DSLR so badly was for when my husband and I have kids in the future. I’m excited to try these out! They’re simple things that can make the memories last for years to come.

  101. MegganB says:

    100% natural light is the best tip I give to moms who want better pics! Totally agree!!

  102. Melissa says:

    Aww, what sweet photos and great tips!

  103. Mary Veterano says:

    Really great tips! And beautiful photos!

  104. Leanna Morris says:

    Great tips…love the photos too!

  105. Rachel Marshall says:

    These are excellent tips. You’re so right about them growing up fast. I blinked and my baby is 5 months old. Wasn’t he just a newborn?

  106. Katie L. Wright says:

    Great tips! I am a photographer and all of these tips are spot on!

  107. Jennifer lakos says:

    Thanks for the great tips!!

  108. Terri Fairbanks says:

    I love the tips. Thanks for the new site. I love being able to learn more and refresh what is already know! GREAT!

  109. Jennifer M says:

    Thanks for the tips! Very helpful with baby #4 coming

  110. Brooke says:

    Beautiful and great tips for me try!

  111. Diana says:

    These are great tips! It makes me want to have another one, just so I can use them! lol

  112. Ashley | Domestic Fashionista says:

    My husband and I started a photography business this year and I am learning that shooting babies is very different than shooting adults! Great tips to apply!

  113. Kim mills says:

    Great tips for new moms!

  114. Samantha S. says:

    great suggestions!

  115. Jessica Martz says:

    Awesome tips! Looking forward to more from you <3

  116. Kearsie Murphy says:

    My sister is a photographer and I know she would love this site!

  117. kandi says:

    great tips! natural light was my bff when my youngest was born. <3

  118. Lacey says:

    Thank you for sharing such insightful and wonderful tips :)

  119. Sarah Carper says:

    Love this post! Full of great tips, beautiful images, and adorable babies!!

  120. Tara says:

    Great tips!

  121. Nicole Ferrante says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tips! Can’t wait to use some of them in my next shoot<3

  122. Valarie says:

    Thanks for the photography tips!

  123. celena ROdriguez says:

    I’ve been loving the newborn photos…and have been dying to take some.. thanks for the tips.. now I need to find a newborn to practice :)

  124. Jen says:

    Love it! Beautiful photos.

  125. Amy Rouse says:

    I regret not taking more pics of my kidlets. Time slips away so fast

  126. Ginger H. says:

    Fabulous tips! These are things I do when photographing newborns and they have fabulous results!! Thanks for sharing!!

  127. christina beaman says:

    i love these tips, hope to try them this weekend

  128. Laura Radniecki says:

    Great tips! Will be tuning in again!

  129. Candy Navarrette says:

    I love newborn photography! Thanks for the tips!

  130. Katie L. says:

    Great Suggestions. I too am a photographer and I agree these tips are excellent.

  131. Tricia says:

    Love the tips!

  132. Diane says:

    these baby pictures are all absolutely sweet :)

  133. Donna says:

    Adorable babies!

  134. ashlee miller534 says:

    great tips!

  135. Brandie Carlson Mailand says:

    Great tips! I love the ones about using natural light, getting close, and including siblings!

  136. Kasia M says:

    Thanks for the great tips!! I have been trying to take pictures of my 3 month old with the flash on and they never looked right…I can’t wait to try just using natural light and see how they turn out!

  137. Abi Huber says:

    These picture are all gorgeous! Love the tips for those of us who aren’t pros, but are capable of doing this sort of thing…too bad I don’t have a newborn to practice on! :)

  138. Melissa S says:

    I LOVE the photos and great tips as well! Im starting to dabble in newborn photography and anything helps!

  139. Erin says:

    I had a preemie nearly 2 years ago. How I wish I had known these tricks at that time, or had someone to help us with photographing our tiny one. Money was tight right then and I didn’t hire anyone to take photos(not to mention that it was right in the H1N1 season and no one could come near her). I know so much more now about photography, even in that short time period. I love reading what the pros have to say about photographing newborns/babies. Thanks for the tips. ( I LOVE the heart hands with the tiny toes….perfect lighting and composition!)

  140. andi says:

    wow, great tips! i especially thought the “focus on baby” photo was touching. thanks for sharing!

  141. Lisa Novitsky says:

    Great tips! Thank you.

  142. jayda says:

    Great tips!

  143. Nicole says:

    I am expecting my first and these tips will come in handy when he/she arrives in 4.5 months! Great tips!

  144. Ciara says:

    Fantastic photos and tips crissy. Almost makes me want another to try them ;)

  145. Tracy says:

    Sweet Pictures!

  146. Maranda says:

    I love photographing babies. Some of my favourite shots are extreme close ups of hands and feet, and babies – in part or in whole – next to real world objects for scale. My husband and I are huge gamers, and one of my fave newborn photos of my son is him up against an Xbox controller.

  147. Jennifer Johnson says:

    I love using natural light. It feels more intimate. When I look back at the pictures it feels as strong as the memory itself, not a cheap imitation.

  148. Christy M. Tsiantos says:

    Great tips! Natural newborn photos are what you will look back on and remember with fondness.

  149. Beth says:

    Thanks for sharing your great photography tips!

  150. Stacey says:

    Great tips!!! Can’t wait to try them on my little ones!!!

  151. Kyria says:

    Awww, my babies are 15 & 17 years old now. But I’ve got new nephews, so maybe I can use some of these tips next time I see them. Thanks!

  152. Heather Askew says:

    Natural is my favorite!

  153. Ruth@GraceLaced says:

    Natural light makes all the difference! Thanks for the tips!

  154. Tiffany R says:

    Beautiful! Love natural light!!!

  155. Anastasia B says:

    Those are all very helpful, thanks! I remember just a few weeks back I asked for some newborn photo tips on your blog and here they are! I’m due in a month, so I’m getting the camera ready :)

  156. Chelsea L says:

    Great work!

  157. Marta G says:

    Beautiful pictures and some great tips! Thank you!

  158. Lin Harris says:

    LOVE the tips! I’m always looking for help to make my pictures better.

  159. Kristy Gardner says:

    Love the tips! thanks for sharing :)

  160. kari says:

    Fabulous tips! I love natural light with newborns…

  161. Melinda Holden-Walters says:

    I am loving these newborn tips!

  162. Courtney says:

    Natural light is definitely the way to go!

  163. sarah perkins says:

    Amazing! Oh how I wish I would have had a DSLR when my son was a baby.

  164. Tina says:

    Great tips!! Can’t wait to put them to use!!

  165. Sarah S. says:

    What sweet photos!!!

  166. Chasity Whittington says:

    I’ve been booking lots more newbie sessions lately and I’ll definitely keep your tips in mind. Thanks!

  167. Emily says:

    Awesome tips! I will have to remember if I ever take newborn photos! :)

  168. I love photos of babies. I wish we had splurged on some professional pictures when our Monkey was a wee thing.

    He’s 12 now. And no, he does not love to be the subject being photographed. ;-)

  169. Susan Fischer says:

    This so makes me want to have a baby just to have that constant model. Ha. I’m so done having babies though so i’ll just have to rely on my clients!

  170. Andrea Williams says:

    How adorable! I wish I had known about all these tricks when my boys were little. Guess I’ll have to pass them on for the grandkids!

  171. Barbie S says:

    As a photog and mama myself, I couldn’t agree more with your tips!!! Not that I don’t love others’ work of teeny newborns in a tub outside, but to me, that is now how your baby looked. It is beautiful and artistic and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want any of those sweet photos, but the ones I love best are the most simple ones I and my husband took of our son when he was a teeny tiny squishy baby!

  172. Kathy says:

    Really great tips. Your pictures are beautiful.

  173. Kimberly says:

    Wonderful tips…I can’t wait to try them!

  174. Lynne Good-Miller says:

    Your pics are so good! I am going to share this with my photography group!

  175. Amanda says:

    Great tips, especially using Natural light!

  176. Dawn Fleischhacker says:

    Wonderful tips! I love the simplicity. Sometimes people try to use so many props that they lose their subject. Natural photos can speak words.

  177. Hope says:

    Great tips! and beautiful pictures! :)

  178. Katelin Washmon says:

    Awesome photo tips, but this post isn’t helping my baby fever! ;)

  179. Katie Reynolds says:

    Great tips! Thanks!

  180. shannon says:

    Great tips! Natural light all the way!

  181. Lolli @ Better in Bulk says:

    Excellent tips! As much as I love taking newborn pictures, they are still such a challenge for me!

  182. Stefani says:

    Great tips! I am expecting in feb! Can’t wait to try! Thank you! :D

  183. Kerry says:

    These are great tips. I love the natural look of all the examples – great job!

  184. Jessie Hartford says:

    Great article. Thanks!

  185. Nicole Cashen says:

    Can’t wait to meet baby #3 in May and try to capture photos. thanks so much for the tips!!

  186. Rachel says:

    Great tips!

  187. LondaElle says:

    Thanks for sharing these tips (and for doing the special Kelly Moore Bag giveaway)

  188. Alicia Thurston says:

    Great tips, I’m about to do a newborn session and it was very helpful reading your perspective!

  189. Katherine O says:


  190. Amy Reda-Freiberg says:

    I am just starting out, so I love when I am able to find useful tips that do not involve a lot of expensive props. Thank you so much!

  191. Jessica Green says:

    Love the tips beautiful pictures!

  192. Kathleen Frank says:

    Wonderful tips! So helpful, and gorgeous pics, too!

  193. Terri Beavers says:

    Fantastic tips and your photos are wonderful!!

  194. Shannon says:

    I love the idea of using natural light with newborns! What a beautiful picture!

  195. Peter says:

    great tips I can use and love the pictures!

  196. Angela Hipp says:

    THanks for the tips! Love the picture. Now I just need to find me a baby to photograph.

  197. Michelle Riebeek says:

    I love newborn photography tips. It’s such an important session and more info on how to make it the best, even if you are doing it for your own kids is so special!

  198. Lynne says:

    love love it!

  199. Donna B. says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing them.

  200. Shannon McAvoy says:

    I am a photographer and STILL love to learn. Thank you SO much!!

  201. Vanessa says:

    Wonderful ideas! I really like the natural light one as it took me years to get out of my comfort zone and do that! Once I did, I’ve never gone back!

  202. Andrea S says:

    Awesome Tips!! I love me some natural light!!
    I’ll be taking my sister’s baby pictures this coming January, so these tips will come in handy. =)

  203. Jennifer O says:

    Thank you for this! :)

  204. Kellie says:

    Great reminders!

  205. great tips shooting a newborn next week

  206. Diane says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Great tips! I wish I’d known these before my babies were born!

  207. Cindy A says:

    Great tips for taking great pics AND keeping it simple!! :)

  208. Rachel @ Bakerita says:

    These photos are gorgeous. I would love to be able to take pictures as well as you do! So wonderful.

  209. JEn B says:

    Wish my little one was still that little. Now I have to find a newborn to try them out on!

  210. Alisha Sims says:

    Awesome tips! Very helpful! Natural light is the best.

  211. Gina W says:

    Great tips. I wish I had my own newborn to photograph.

  212. Brittany G says:

    GREAT advise- thanks!

  213. ellen says:

    There is nothing as sweet as a beautifully captured black and white photo of a baby! Years ago before digital it was all film, and much harder to have a camera right there in your hand. Crissy you have some of the prettiest pics , you for sure can offer great tips on this subject!

  214. Laura says:

    These pictures are absolutely adorable.

  215. Christine says:

    Simple and practical tips for new moms who already have their hands full. This is great! Will pass along!

  216. Linda says:

    Great tips! I use them all in my photography, love my job!

  217. Sanne says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing :)

  218. Elvera S says:

    Thanks for the tip. Lovely photos.

  219. Nicole says:

    Will be using these tips in 4.5 months!!!

  220. Jessica says:

    These are great tips. Things that can be so simple, quite often we miss thinking there must be more. We try too hard at making a shot that would have been better if we just let it “happen.” Loved these. Thanks for sharing!

  221. Ashley Ivanyisky says:

    Thank you for the tips! Definitely using them soon!

  222. JulieD says:

    Just beautiful! I love your tips and they seem applicable for capturing every day moments with your family too!

  223. Stacey Dempsey says:

    i love the pic with the baby on the shoulder, good tip

  224. Christina Eldredge says:

    Wonderful tips! I know with my youngest (11 mos on Snday already!!) I tried to remember to do all these things, but there’s always that nagging, “I should’ve done this” or “I should’ve done that” – especially with my older ones (15 & 4). Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos and tips with us!

  225. Amanda Boswell says:

    GREAT tips… now off to find a baby!

  226. Tracy Ferry says:

    Absolutely Beautiful!

  227. margie woods brown says:

    Thanks for your post!!

  228. melissa says:

    thank you very informative!

  229. Madeline says:

    Thanks so much for these!

  230. Diana Kapala says:

    One of my favorite tips is about focusing on the details. That’s one of my favorite things to capture at newborn sessions! But I love newborn sessions in general. :)

  231. Terra Martinez says:

    This is one area that I struggle with the most, photographing newborns. Thank you for the tips!

  232. Carrie says:

    These are some great tips. I agree with the at home pictures. With our first we had a professional come do a photoshoot for WAY to much money. I did the photos for my second and they are just as beautiful and it was great to do it during his happy time and not have to guess when that would be when scheduling the photoshoot.

  233. Kathy says:

    I love natural photos the most. These are great!

  234. Doris says:

    Thanks for all the great tips!

  235. sarah mellor says:

    These are wonderful tips. And my favorite type of baby photos.

  236. Kendra says:

    Great ideas, thank you!!

  237. Stacey says:

    Beautiful pics! Thanks for the tips!

  238. JoeyfromSC says:

    Awesome tips! you take such amazing photos!!

  239. Elena says:

    Great tips and beautiful pictures!

  240. trishden says:

    Dear Crissy, nice tips and beautiful photos!

  241. kari says:

    Best thing about newborns is they’re so naturally beautiful, you don’t need to add much (if anything) to the photo… Clean & simple!

  242. Ashly T says:

    Gorgeous pictures, and the tips are very helpful!

  243. michelle brooks says:

    Nice! Thanks so much! Great shots & tips!

  244. Aly says:

    I’m going to use these tips for my CAT (no newborns here yet!) – thanks!

  245. Rachel @ Bakerita says:

    Will definitely be trying these tips to take pictures of my baby cousin Eliana! She’s gorgeous

  246. Amanda says:

    Trying to win the KMB :)

  247. Brittany H. - NaturallyThriftyMom says:

    I absolutely love these tips! I am now inspired to again attempt a photo shoot with my now 3 month old son. I am definitely going to get some up close & personal photos of his little hands and toes before they get any bigger!

  248. Tara says:

    Great tips! I can’t wait to try them out with my baby!

  249. April Moore says:

    Fantastic!! I just had a newborn shoot today, wish I would have found this first :)

  250. anna says:

    great tips, thanks

  251. emily hunter says:

    I will definatly be trying out these tips with my neices and nephews

  252. cissey says:

    this is beautiful! i can’t wait to take pics!

  253. Ritza says:

    love,love love the great tips.As a new photographer(wow,did I really call myself that???) I need all the great tips I can get

  254. Becca says:

    Awesome tips! :)

  255. nicole smitt says:

    love the blog!

  256. Leaving a pile of lovin and a huge thanks for your generosity in the giveaway!

  257. Brittany Tarchala says:

    Always grateful to artists who share! Thanks for the tips…

  258. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... says:

    Loved these tips – will definitely keep them in mind when photographing our little one :-)

  259. Nora Nathoo says:

    It is great that artists love to share what they know. Thanks for the tips.

  260. brie says:

    Great tips, thank you so much for sharing!

  261. Maggie Storm says:

    I have just started doing infant photography in Los Angeles, the jobs are filling in quickly and this post of yours just gives me the most wonderful inspiration, thank you!

  262. Sandra says:

    oooo i love

  263. carolyn says:

    Great tips – thanks for sharing! You have quite a talent….

  264. Nicole Ogden | {baby boom} photography says:

    Detail shots are one of the ones I love to set up… rings on the toes are my favorite (commenting again since the link hasn’t changed since yesterday…)

  265. Lindsay S says:

    I can’t wait to have my own little kiddo to photograph :)

  266. Kristie Nicoll says:

    Thanks for sharing! One can never have too many newborn tips ;)

  267. Michelle Kersey says:

    Thanks for the advice, time does in fact fly by and little ones grow up too quickly ;)

  268. Desiree says:

    Great tips! I will definitely being doing this! Love your stuff!

  269. Henriette K says:

    Pretty pictures!
    It is so fun to take pictures of babies and see how fast they grow and how fast they change :)

  270. Amy Smith says:

    This is a key, i agree. I’ll be looking forward to more great advice!

  271. Mel Lawrence says:

    Very Cool Advice, I love to learn things.

  272. Jentry says:

    Absolutely wonderful tips..thanks for the info!

  273. Michelle Judd says:

    I just had my first newborn shoot this past weekend, these tips would have come in handy!

  274. Alexandra Jensen says:

    This was wonderful! I am a photographer and working at specializing in babies and children. Wonderful tips and advice. Thank you :)

  275. Patsy J Lander says:

    I love these tips….super blog!!!

  276. Erica Mahan says:

    Now if we could all have huge windows to really make it easy! Thanks for the info :)

  277. Julia says:

    When my baby was a new born I didn’t have a good camera but because I was able to use the natural lighting inside the house the pictures turned out awesome!

  278. Sherry says:

    Great advice to share. I can’t wait to try out some of your tips!

  279. Dawn Dunsmore says:

    I love this! I am just learning and am soaking up all the tips I can find! Thank you!

  280. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Those are gorgeous pics! I’m going to have to try some of them out when my grandson makes his appearance but i highly doubt they will turn out that awesome! I’m camera illiterate! LOL

  281. martha yusko says:

    Great site, Great info :)

  282. Crissy Easom says:

    LOVE the blog!!!

  283. Lise says:

    One of the tips I have is to jack up the temperature. Babies are always happier during shoots when they are warm and if they aren’t swaddled turning up the heat helps. Came via Kelly Moore giveaway post.

  284. Lauren says:

    love it!

  285. Catherine Galloway says:

    great tips!! Thanks for sharing!!

  286. Sassy says:

    How adorable!!!!

  287. Harmony H says:

    awesome! thanks for the tips!

  288. Alyse says:

    Love shooting newborns, but flashes never work :/ Cure: Natural light–duh :) So pretttty!

  289. Stacey says:

    Thanks for the tips!!!

  290. Kelly Boman says:

    Wonderful tips for newborn photos!

  291. Donna B. says:

    I wish I’d taken more photos when my son was an infant :(

  292. Briann Neeley says:

    great post! Im having my baby next week and this is perfect, thanks!

  293. wendi says:

    great tips!! We are going to another girl in Febuary. So i am prepared to take thousands just as i did with our other daughter.

  294. Jessica says:

    Great tips! thank you!

  295. brittany cummings says:

    I LOVE this!! its always nice to get helpful hints and ideas about photography :)

  296. Andrea S says:

    I love the tender moments photo, how precious!!

  297. Jytte-Marie Lowry says:

    Excellent tips! They are such great, and inspiring ways for me to build upon and use!

  298. Jessie says:

    Love these practical tips!! and they DO grow up so fast!

  299. Erin G. says:

    Great tips! Will use those very soon!

  300. Jamie LeBLanc says:

    Great info!

  301. Ashley Ivanyisky says:


  302. Nicole McCullough says:

    Great tips!

  303. Vi Nguyen says:

    Love it!

  304. julie keimig says:

    very nice- I really enjoyed your photos
    I can tell you love your work

  305. Lynn says:

    Great tips!

  306. Crissy Easom says:

    Great Tips!!!

  307. Rikki says:

    I’m going to forward this info to my playgroup friends, most of them are working on #2 now.

  308. Bobbi says:

    Great Tips!

  309. Brittany H. - NaturallyThriftyMom says:

    I like the ‘day in the life’ one. I think we sometimes forget in the moment to record what life is like. Then when time passes and it changes, we long to remember the things of the past.

  310. sarah mellor says:

    natural light is the best!

  311. Heather Monk says:

    This is a great article, Crissy! Great tips to remember for photographing newborns.

  312. Amy Borders says:

    Great tips! Can’t wait to try them out on my little niece :)

  313. Billie says:

    I can’t wait to give these tips a shot whenever my little guy gets here!!

  314. Shawna Elkins says:

    Wow! Amazing photos! I’ll be back tomorrow for more great tips! Loving Natural light. Thanks for the great post Crissy!

  315. Ashley | Domestic Fashionista says:

    Love to see parents interacting with their sweet new baby!

  316. Andrea Swenson says:

    Beautiful! Don’t forget to back them up and put them on a disk for safe keeping.

  317. Casey E says:

    Printed this article today to have handy for future baby photos! Thanks!

  318. tehamy says:

    Great tips! I adore pictures of baby fingers and toes!

  319. Justine says:

    Awesome tips!

  320. Christina Eldredge says:

    Back again admiring these photos and committing the tips to memory! :)

  321. Christy Peffly says:

    I really love the suggestion to capture the details. There is so much more to photography than faces! I love tiny toes and sweet hands!

  322. Lyn H says:

    Since I’m one with boxes of pictures sitting around, I think another good idea is to get them into albums right away too!

  323. jamie says:

    The pictures are beautiful! You have a wonderful eye!

  324. Jennifer Hall says:

    Thank you for the great tips. I love to take photos of my daughter but have to really work at getting a great one. I’ll definitely give these a try!

  325. Cheryl Verver says:

    These are great tips _ I will have to try them! I love your photos!

  326. Nora Nathoo says:

    Thank you again for the tips. Can’t wait to photograph more babieS!

  327. Shelly Laneve says:

    These are such helpful tips for new moms. I know my sister wanted more than just the one session she had with her photographer. She wanted to capture everyday and watch her little one grow through photos. She just had her third last week so I am forwarding her this article!

  328. Not a Perfect Mom says:

    natural light is soooo important…great tips!

  329. Andrea Williams says:

    So adorable! Wish I had one to photograph and cuddle right now! :)

  330. Erica G says:

    I love pictures of little baby parts! Especially the feet! Those little toes are too cute!

  331. Stephanie says:

    What great photo tips!!! Can’t wait to go get my camera out and start snapping:)

  332. Donna B. says:

    I wish I’d had these tips when my was was little – I have so few good photos of him as a baby

  333. Katelin Washmon says:

    cute cute cute!

  334. Nikke says:

    This is wonderful. THANKS!

  335. Jamie LeBLanc says:

    Love it so cute

  336. Christy Peffly says:

    I like your ‘day in the life’ tip. I’m not a huge fan of posing families so much. I love candid shots the most :)

  337. Erin G. says:

    Awesome! Getting ready to do another newborn shoot this weekend, really helpful!

  338. Tara says:


  339. Heather Askew says:

    I think focusing on natural light is going to be something I start doing in all of my photography!

  340. Nicole says:

    Love your tips!

  341. Jennifer Gragg says:

    OMG! Wish I’d read this 8 months ago when my baby was a newborn. They grow up too fast! Love reading your stuff, Crissy!

  342. Lauren Jolly says:

    oh my goodness! these photos made me tear up! what an awesome thing! i love all the tips!

  343. Charity Lummel says:

    I wish I had these tips when my kids were babies. Thank you for these.

  344. Ashley Ivanyisky says:

    Love natural light

  345. Kelli Stanfield says:

    Love the tips! especially the natural light, I try to use it whenever possible!

  346. Katelin Washmon says:

    Simple is almost always the best

  347. Kim says:

    Beautiful images! Love the tips!

  348. Stacey Dempsey says:

    using candid moments is a great tip i think that posed pics are not nearly as interesting, i love seeing dads with their babies , soo nice

  349. Erica G says:

    I am still trying to get a great picture of my 3 year old with her little sister who is now 20 months!

  350. kristin neagle says:

    It is so true, they grow up way too fast! And then it becomes neary impossible to get sit still for photos. How about some tips for great photos of toddlers and babies on the move?

  351. jeannine m says:

    Great tips! Thanks for the post

  352. Hilary Mercer says:

    as a newborn photographer I agree with all of these! Great tips!

  353. Amanda Stauffer says:

    nice tips, I used some of these when taking pictures of my baby.

  354. scottsgal says:

    love the black and white – just stunning
    msboatgal at

  355. Laney says:

    What a beautiful baby : )

  356. Lesa McMahon says:

    Love all of the tips! Thanks! I’m always looking to take better pictures.

  357. Gretchen Gerth says:

    Great suggestions, I have found with kids these days they grow up used to the camera being in their faces so they are not as likely to pose. Makes for great candid shots.

  358. Jillian Tree says:

    adorable newborn photos. seriously.

  359. Nicole says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing :)

  360. Sarah Kay says:

    My son will be born in two weeks and I can’t wait to put these great tips to use!! thanks so much!!

  361. Katydid says:

    I love photography tips thank you! and I need alot of them before Christmas. I can never get great pictures at Christmas (maybe its because its too early to take pictures!)

  362. Jessica Waters says:

    Thanks for the great tips, I had such a hard time getting good pictures of my twins when they were newborns, if we ever have another baby i now know what to do!

  363. Mimzy Wimzy says:

    This is great. I missed so many special photos when my kids were little. Then again, it was back in the day of having to buy film and remember to get it developed. I still have rolls & rolls undeveloped! Wonder if they’re any good?? My first granddaughter will be here about 9 weeks. I can’t wait to take pictures of her!

  364. Gloria Walshver says:

    my daughter usually posts her pictures of her kids and now her new baby on Facebook for family and friends to see.

  365. rachel h says:

    very helpful!

  366. Nicole at Mommy Moxie says:

    Great tips! In fact, I pinned two of these to my Photo Ideas board :)

  367. ton says:

    great tips!!

  368. Priscilla Benavides says:

    Children and being a mom are a big blessing.

  369. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    Love the idea of going to the fabric store to get material for a backdrop instead of spending tons of money on official “backdrops.”

  370. Stephanie Mago-Eagle says:

    Thank you for the photography tips I will have to try them out



  372. becca p. says:

    Love the pics!

  373. Adelina Priddis says:

    Those are beautiful pictures!

  374. Hayley says:

    Doing newborn shoots are one of my favorite sessions to do. I only shoot natural light which stinks living in AK in the winters.


  375. Betty says:

    Natural light is wonderful – my husband tried very hard with his flash and he never got such good results

  376. crystal says:

    Beautiful pictures..they look ‘professional’ to me! Thanks for sharing:)

  377. Krista Myers says:

    Good tips! :)

  378. Simone says:

    These photos are beautiful!

  379. Wehaf says:

    The tip about using natural light is so true!

  380. Simone says:

    Thanks for the amazing tips!

  381. Karen Propes says:

    Thanks so much, I can use these tips!!!

  382. Eve says:

    very sweet

  383. Carolina Dhabolt says:

    Love it, thank you for the tips.

  384. Eileen Lorber says:

    Great tips for taking photos of any age subject, thanks!

  385. Nancy Reid says:

    much nicer picture than that “weird” baby photo post

  386. Connie Gruning says:

    These are great tips! Poor baby Alice…. more picture taking coming her way after her nap!! Thank you!

  387. Tricia Night owl Mama says:

    u would think these would be just a given but it would be surprising how many times you forget to do these

  388. Kellie Kluger says:

    Great tips, thanks!

  389. Nicole Hanson says:

    Those pics are so darn cute!

  390. Tracy P says:

    Great tips!

  391. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    Beautiful photographs.

  392. jenny at dapperhouse says:

    great tips for new parents and family like me who wants great shots of my nephews!! Thanks so much.

  393. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    This makes me wish I had my own little one to photograph.

  394. Shari Lynn Alligood says:

    I loved your tip about using natural light & turning off your flash to take pictures by windows or an open door!! Awesome article & tips!

  395. Becca Eby says:

    Those are great tips. We used some of the cute baby blankets we got as gifts for easy backdrops. Free and lovely.

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