Do you need to Etsy shop for your session?
I had a client in recently and she was telling me how she felt guilty for not buying props ahead of her session. Her friend had newborn photos done and she bought tutus and crocheted hats so my client thought she should have done that too. I want you to know I have all the headbands, bonnets, sleepers, props and fabrics your baby will need for their session! You don’t need to bring anything for your baby photos.
What should you bring?
All you need to bring is your regular diaper bag, your clothes and a change of clothing for you and your family members and soothers. I do have diapers, wipes, soothers, snacks, drinks and other basics.
You don’t need to bring any props but some clients have sentimental items they would like to include. Some examples are a baby blanket, a family christening gown, a vintage baby crib, a vintage scarf that belonged to a family member, vintage toys and so on. If you have a special item that has sentimental value I would love to add these to your session. Please send me a photo of the item so I can plan how best to use it and add it to your wish- list.
Regular clothes are too big
One reason I would suggest avoiding buying newborn hats and outfits on etsy is because of the fit. The newborn clothes and bonnets that photographers use for sessions are specially made specifically for photos. They are much much smaller than most of the clothes you can buy in a store or on Etsy. Most of the crocheted hats for example, would fit a 2-3 month old baby or bigger and are much too bulky for a newborn. The dresses we use in photos are miniature, about the size of dolls clothes.
Most of the props bought in stores are too big and bulky in relation to the size of the baby. Big props can work but tiny props are easier to add to a setup. If you would like to add a themed prop such as a basketball or a guitar I would love to suggest that you buy a miniature version such as an tree ornament or a felted prop. If you would like help finding a tiny item I am happy to help!
I have a selection of outfits, hats and headbands for your baby and you don’t need to bring anything along. However, if you are interested in newborn clothes that you can keep, I am happy to point you in the right direction! Here are a list of some of my favourite newborn clothing shops with the perfect size outfits for your session.
- Mia Joy Studios: Creates perfectly small clothes with gorgeous textures and colours. Check out the dainty lace Arwen dress, the daisy bonnet and pillows, Soft petal romper dress.
- Dede Props: Dede props creates boy sleepers, and a variety of newborn dresses.
- Sunkissed props LLC: Has newborn dresses, Hoodies for newborns and even a little black dress for newborns.
- Little Pink Elephant: carries pants and suspenders that fit a newborn, vests with hat and pants, newborn size tutu, boy cap.