Photo Ops for Baby’s First Christmas
December 20, 2019
Baby’s first Christmas is one of the most special moments in the life of a new parent. In today’s post we’ll highlight a few ideas and tips for creating sweet and memorable photo ops for the newest special gift in your life!
Family is Everything
While you’ll surely want to snap a few pictures with your little one as the solo star, it’s a great idea to include other family members to commemorate this special occasion. Some cute ideas could be…
- If baby has siblings, dress them in matching holiday pajamas for a super cute photo sitting in front of the tree or fireplace or even cuddling on the couch together. Maybe have the oldest sibling read “The Night Before Christmas.”
- Get Mom and Dad in the picture, too! This is big moment for you as parents. Don’t fret about how tired you look, the fact that you haven’t had a chance to whiten your teeth, or anything else about your appearance. Remember the true meaning of the holidays – family, love and joy – and bask in your beautiful baby’s preciousness.
- Don’t forget the four-legged family members! If you’re taking photos in your own home, or if you’re working with a pet-friendly photographer, why not include the fur kids? After all, they’re part of the family, too, and who can resist an adorable picture of a baby with the beloved family dog or cat?
Pick Some Props
From twinkle lights to oversized stockings, there’s no end to the number of holiday props you can incorporate in your baby’s first Christmas photo session. However, most experienced photographers will likely advise you to choose just a few props and not overdo it with too many “extras.”
Here are a few ideas on how to use props in your photos:
- Felt letter boards with clever captions or just the baby’s name and date are great.
- Get a cardboard box (big enough for baby to sit upright in) and wrap it like a gift, leaving the top open. Sit baby in the box and voila! The best gift you’ve ever received!
- LED twinkle lights, aka fairy lights, are great for baby photo shoots because the bulbs do not get hot and they create a lovely sparkle effect with the right photo settings. You don’t even have to arrange them in a specific way. Lights casually strewn around baby or hanging in the background will provide a beautiful holiday effect.
Do you have a special item that is sentimental to you or your family? Maybe your own baby blanket or a knitted cap your great-grandmother made? Try incorporating these items in your baby’s Christmas photos. You could also use:
- Sentimental holiday objects
- Mom or dad’s baby items
- A photo of mom or dad or a special object representing a parent who cannot be present this holiday season (this is a great idea for families with a loved one who is deployed in the military).
Planning for the perfect photo session might be a little easier than achieving it, especially when working with newborns, children and pets. Getting everyone to cooperate can be challenging.
Here are a few extra tips to help you plan your baby’s first Christmas photo shoot:
- Hire a professional only if your budget allows. If not, don’t sweat it! Today’s smartphones are incredibly sophisticated and can take exceptionally good photos. Filters and photo editing software can also go a long way.
- Try to time your photo session when baby is at his or her best. If baby is happiest first thing in the morning, that may be the best time to start your photo session! If you want your newborn to pose without fussing, choosing a time when he or she is sleepy may be best.
- If you’re planning on giving the photos as gifts this year, be sure to stage your photos or hire a photographer well in advance. Remember, professional photographers book up very quickly during the months before the holidays. If you haven’t already decided, start making them now.
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