10 Essential Newborn Photo Ideas (Free PDF Included!)



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The arrival of a new baby is wonderful and exciting! But It can also be a tad overwhelming… The last thing you want is to forget to capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments. So here’s a list of 10 Essential Newborn Photo Ideas to make sure you have all the images you might want.

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Here are 10 Must-Have Newborn Photo Ideas (Examples from a single newborn session)

As an at-home newborn photographer, I go into each session with a shot list in mind. Though the images will vary greatly from one family to another, this is a great starting point. Keep in mind: Not all of these may apply to you depending in your family’s configuration. Use the list at your discretion. Here are 10 newborn photo ideas–

1. Family Photo With New Baby

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for – your baby is now earthside! Squeeze everyone onto the bed or couch so you can all be together.

Newborn photo ideas: Family photo at home taken on mom and dad's bed with their toddler and newborn daughters.

2. Portrait Of Baby

Take a photo that focuses on their little face so you can take in all the details, and virtually introduce them to your friends and family.

One color and one black and white portrait of a newborn.

3. Baby Details

Tiny hands, tiny feet, tiny head… These details are great markers to give you a sense of scale, and show you how quickly they grow!

Black & white photo collage of baby details - hands, feet, and head in mom's hands.

4. Alone Time With Mama/Parent A

Document those delicious cuddles, when you still can’t believe they’re here.

Two images of a newborn baby girl resting on mom.

5. Alone Time With Dad/Parent B

Enjoy a few minutes just the two of you.

Two images of a newborn baby girl with dad.

6. Meeting Older Sibling(s)

If this isn’t your first child, then your older kid(s) will certainly be eager to meet the new baby. Be ready – this can go either way at first. A new baby is a lot to process for a child. But regardless, it’s a moment you’ll want to remember.

Sibling photo of a toddler and her newborn baby sister.

7. Breastfeeding or Bottle-feeding

Whether you are nursing or bottle-feeding, each feed is an opportunity to bond. (I wish I had this photo myself!)

Mother and newborn daughter breastfeeding skin-to-skin.

8. Naked Baby Or Down to the Diaper

Your baby will change so much in the first few weeks. They will fill out so quickly! Make sure to capture their tiny bodies, because they’ll never look like this again!

Portrait of a newborn baby in a diaper with mom kissing the top of her head.

9. Baby In Crib or Bassinet

This is one of my favorite images because it gives you a great sense of scale. Look how tiny they are! Pro tip: You might need a step stool to get this shot.

Overhead crib photo of a newborn baby in black & white.

10. Just the Parents

Once the baby is born, they will have everyone’s attention. But let’s not forget the people who started this family in the first place. (This is also a great opportunity to reconnect with your partner and reflect on what you have accomplished together. Even if it’s just for a quick minute.)

Two images of a couple kissing and holding each other during their newborn photos at home.

11. Meeting a Grandparent (Bonus!)

If you or your partner are lucky enough to have a parent who’s around and will be a part of your baby’s life, you must get a shot of them meeting!

Grandmother and newborn baby cuddling.

How To Take Newborn Photos At Home

Though the benefits of working with a professional newborn photographer are endless, you might be curious about DIY Newborn Photos. Here’s an article I wrote with lots of tips and inspiration with newborn photo ideas in case you want to take your own photos at home. 

More Newborn Photo Ideas from a Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

If you’re local to Los Angeles, CA and you’re curious about hiring a professional newborn photographer, check out my Newborn Services page to see what that experience might look like. I’d love to chat with you.

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