As I've mentioned in the session details on this website, I just love it when my clients bring something to their session that has special meaning. I’ve had them bring special knitted or crocheted blankets as well as hats that were made by grandmas or close friends. Another one of my favorites is incorporating mom and dad’s wedding rings into baby’s portrait. But there’s also no reason your special item couldn’t be something you buy or make yourself, it will become special because you will use it with your own baby. But how do you find something that will be extra meaningful?
Here’s some ideas about how to find something special:
First ask your parents or grandparents or other close relatives if they know of any special baby blankets or outfits that you can borrow. When I did my own daughter's photos (which by-the-way is not something I’d recommend and will be a topic of a future blog post!) I had her wear this beautiful dress that I myself had worn as a baby (see below on the right). See if they have any ideas about anything that might be meaningful. For example I once had a client bring in strings of pearls for their little girl because that was something important to her and her mom and in her family.
Do you or any of your close friends or relatives knit, sew or crochet? Ask them if they would be willing to make you something special for your baby. Stick with simple and classic patterns and designs for optimal results. Avoid trendy patterns. Simple white knitted or crocheted blankets have been some of my favorite items to work with.
Do you have any cute stuffed animals that were gifts for your baby? Maybe put one on your registry so you might get it at your baby shower! I love stuffies that are fluffy and small so that baby can cuddle it in his or her arms. But I’ve seen some really cute photos where the stuffed animal is so big that it cuddles the baby in its arms! Keep the colors and patterns simple so it doesn’t overshadow your baby as a focal point in the photos.
Check Etsy. Etsy can be a dangerous place with all of the super adorable baby apparel that so many of the different vendors make. But it is a gold mine! Some of my favorite shops are: No2WillowLane, polkadotsandsunshine, and OlgaBabyProps. Try searching “newborn photography outfit” for more ideas, and don’t forget to include the gender of your baby in the search to improve results (or if it’s a surprise, then stick with “neutral”). Look for outfits that are RTS or ready to ship so that we can make sure the item arrives before your baby’s portrait session.
Consider what you and your partner enjoy. Think about special occasions or interests you share. Do you have a unique hobby? What types of music, outdoor activities, or movies do you love? Do you play piano, guitar or some other instrument? Do you have a favorite sports team? Do you just love Harry Potter?! Let me know and we can plan a setup together for your session that will celebrate what you love. For example, I have several vendors that I work with that create special digital backdrops based on favorite movie or book characters and many activities such as sports or musical talents. From there we can consult prop vendors that can create coordinating props. Pitter-Pats Creations and the Felted Attic Newborn Prop Shop are two of my favorite vendors that create themed props and outfits. There really are so many possibilities!
This blog will feature new parent advice, what to expect when working with my business, as well as an ongoing series about safety when interacting with newborns
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