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Celebrating the birth of a new baby is a beautiful thing, although you might be a bit tired to do it in the beginning. There are lots of ways you can mark their first few months on Earth, and a photo shoot is one of the most popular. However, it's a little hard to get one together when you're busy with a newborn, a six-month-old or a one-year-old. If you want to make things a little easier, why not try to do a DIY shoot at home? You don't have to be a genius with a camera to get some beautiful photos of your child. Have a go yourself with the tips below.
Get a Cute Outfit
First, you'll want to get your little one dressed up in their best clothes. You might have something in mind to put them in already. Perhaps you wish to go for a cute naked shoot, or you've got a lovely dress lined up. If you're not sure what to do, you could have a look at the current trends. One of the things you might notice is lots of cute baby headbands with bows, flowers, and frills. They give a focal point to the photos and draw attention to your baby's face. Think about when and where you want to do the shoot so that you can pick an appropriate outfit.
Make Some Props
If you love crafting, doing a baby photo shoot is the perfect opportunity to get out your glue gun. You could pick a theme for your shoot and find some ideas for fun props to make. Your choice of props needs to be something you can have as part of the scenery in your photos. Your baby might be able to hold something, but it will make it will make it difficult to capture it in the right position. Something your baby can sit in, on top of or in front of will work better. A cardboard box can be an excellent tool that you can turn into anything. Make a train, plane or car, for example.
Pick the Right Time to Do It
The great thing about doing your own photo shoot is that you don't have to make an appointment. You can do it whenever is convenient for you, whether it's when your baby is asleep or in a good mood. You might also want to think about the lighting if you're attempting a photo shoot outdoors. Even if you're inside, you might want to use some natural light.
Choose a Setting and Lighting
You'll need to decide where to do your shoot too. If you're feeling brave and confident with your camera, you might choose to do a shoot outside. Anyone who wants to keep things simple can hang a plain backdrop inside and set up some lights. It will help you create clean photos with a bright background. You can get an inexpensive setup from many stores, or you can even make something yourself with some lamps and a sheet.
It doesn't take much to set up your own baby photo shoot. A little bit of preparation can help you get ready, and you can start whenever it's convenient.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.