YES, I am aware that the title sounds horrid, but on the other hand I am sure that some of you have at least read this far to find out what in the world I am talking about…So I will answer that. No, I am not talking about literally shooting your own baby, I am talking about setting up and taking photo shoots of your own baby as opposed to getting it done professionally.
Before Michael was born I did a little research on the price and practice of newborn and baby photo shoots, (I say newborn AND baby, because I am talking about the whole first year or more of the babies life, not just the newborn time frame), and I came to the conclusion that with all the added expenses of having a baby, we would not be able to afford professional pictures. So, in the weeks leading up to the due date I spent a lot of time studying and reading up on how to take nice newborn pictures yourself.
In this day and age it is quite easy to research and get tips and ideas, we have blogs, YouTube and Pinterest all right at our fingertips. You can read what others have done, you can watch tutorials, you can make boards of all the poses and ideas that you want to try and so much more! And that is exactly what I did.
When Michael was born I couldn’t wait to get home and start taking pictures. In fact, I didn’t, I took a couple simple shots while still in the hospital.
As you can see with the photo above, it was absolutely nothing fancy, but with a quick edit changing it to sepia it has a natural and and uncomplicated look…to me at least 😀
As soon as we got home I started planning a more formal shoot, with the help of my sister ( I will add here that if you find any of the rest of the pictures in this post to be extra cool, J’Anna probably was the one who took them!!!). And I quickly realized that I didn’t have as many cool props as I thought, but I was still very happy with what I got! Over the next 3 to 4 weeks we tried to do a shoot whenever and wherever we could find the time. Below are a few random choices.
For these we just laid Michael on his soft light blue blanket with a white sheet underneath and didn’t worry so much about having a completely smooth background.
These were taken a fake sheep skin, which was also a weird shape so we mostly had closer up shots on it.
Again the light blue blanket, this time flat and used as the background!
In these we literally used our mattresses, with fitted black sheets, to create dark black background. I love the way some of these turned out!
And then sometimes, we would just take a random picture of him laying wherever it might be and realize afterward that it was a good shot!
I will leave you with this picture for the newborn shoot posts. My sister shot this for us, and I edited it to black and white and I LOVE it!! (For a little behind the scene info, Michael was screaming in this picture…can you tell?)
So, I hope that this post was fun to read and also encouraging to see that you can, especially these days, take some very nice photos on your own. Another benefit is, if baby is not having a good day you just wait until the next, and you are more sure to get some nice happy and smiley photos than you maybe would during the 30 minutes to 1 hour that the professional photographer gives you…for a small fortune!