Props play a huge role in newborn and baby portraits. They can create a theme for the portrait or simply make your baby look cuter. Here are five props that you absolutely must have if you want to shoot baby portraits.
The single most important prop, blankets add that feeling of warmth and safety to baby portraits. You could simply shoot a sleeping baby on a blanket or shoot them sitting or playing on it. Think of creative ways to use a blanket in your baby portraits – bundle up the baby gently in it, fold it into a shape and place a baby inside, or get peek-a-boo shots of a baby in the blanket.
Baskets make for great props for babies under four months, but can also be used for older baby portraits. Select a basket that is comfortable, has enough room for the baby, and is absolutely safe. Line the basket with a soft blanket before placing the baby in. You can either place a sleeping baby in the basket or get an older baby to sit and pose in it.
Baby cots or boxes
Again these are best for the newborn to four months stage and are best for sleeping portraits. Baby cots come in a variety of shapes and colors. While shooting, go for long shots so that you get the entire cot with the baby on it. As far as boxes go, any box that would comfortably hold the baby should be fine. Again, place a blanket in the box before placing the baby in.
Cushions and pillows can be used to place a sleeping baby on or can be part of the background. Either way, cushions add a homely, warm and safe feel and look great in baby portraits. Choose a size and shape that is right for the baby.
Head bands, caps and hats
Head bands come in various colors, sizes and shapes. The most commonly used ones are with flowers on them, used for baby girl portraits. You could couple these with a pair of angel wings or a soft frilly dress to give your baby an angel or princess look. Hats and caps add to the cuteness quotient of your baby portraits. Caps with bunny ears or a hat placed on the head or held in the hands can be a great prop for either a baby girl or boy.