7 Ideas For Sentimental Newborn Props | Mesa Arizona Newborn Photographer


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Need some inspiration when picking out props for your newborn session?  Want to make it unique and personal?  I like to keep newborn photos simple to really put the focus on baby, so I’m not a huge prop user.  But if there is meaning to the props I am all for it.  Check out these great ideas for adding sentiment to your photos.


  1. Recreate a Parent or Sibling Photo

These types of photos show the same pose with different generations of your family. Show us a photo of you or your spouse when you were a newborn and let us try to create a similar photo with your child. If you have another child and want us to use one of their newborn photos to recreate instead, that would work, too!

2. Blankets

Bringing blankets with sentimental value helps add interest and a story to the photo. For example, if it was quilted or crocheted by nana then you’re helping add that sentimental touch and making nana proud. Or maybe it was a blanket that you or your significant other used as a baby. Blankets also provide a wide variety of textures and colors, which adds both depth and visual appeal to your photograph.


3. Something from Parents’ Childhood

We can also incorporate things from your childhood. For example: stuffed animals, clothes, your bassinet, dolls, a wagon, basket, blanket, etc. Try to find something that can be passed down to your child that meant something to you when you were younger.

4. Siblings’ Clothing

If you have another child and you have a favorite outfit that you used to put him or her in when they were this size, this is a great time to bring that out and recreate some old memories.


5. Occupations/Hobbies

If you or your spouse love your job and want to add something from it or one of your hobbies, this will help add a personal touch. Some examples: dog tags, sports helmets, a baseball, guitar, football, briefcase, camera, jersey, or hat. Of course, we’re open to your ideas, as well. This is just to get the ideas flowing.

6. Maternity photos

If you did a maternity session, you can do some similar poses with your baby and frame them side-by-side in your home or in an album. If you used an outfit or name blocks, ultrasound picture, etc., we can use those props again in these photos, too.


7. Wedding Rings

This is a classic shot. Having your child hold your wedding rings in their little hands or placing them between their toes is a good way to incorporate your rings – which signify familial love and a strong bond — into the shot. Although this photo is somewhat common, it will be unique to you because they are your personal rings and they show the commitment and love that you and your spouse have for your family. Alternative idea: if you have a little girl, we could also use your wedding garter as a headpiece.

Are you in need of a Mesa Arizona Newborn Photographer?  Ready to book a newborn photo session? Contact me today and let’s chat! I would love to work with YOU.

  1. Eve says:

    These are gorgeous! Love the information!

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