Ornaments, candy canes and Santa hats OH MY! With the holidays being just around the corner you may be scrabbling to provide those holiday newborn images your clients are requesting with all the trimmings.
As much fun as stuffing babies in stockings can be, or putting bows on bums, keeping the holiday themed newborn sessions simple, while still adding that Christmas flair, can benefit you and your clients.
I’m here to tell you SIMPLICITY is ok!
Changing out a few headbands and beanies or adding a red wrap can make for a very classic and timeless holiday look. Also, don’t forget those holiday overlays you can use in Photoshop. Never feel you have to spend hundreds of dollars on crazy props or themed items. If you are pressed for time or your budget, search in your collection of props and fabrics you already have or even your scarf drawer (YES! scarves make for amazing wraps). I bet if you combine a few items, keeping with the holiday theme, you’ll be surprised at what you find and truly do have. I am not re-inventing the wheel here or showing the latest trends but encouraging you that using the basics can still create a theme and make less stress on you.
This is especially important if you are just starting out in newborn photography. There are so many “shiny” items to buy and use, and yes, they are fun and cute and I have been lured in by shiny items too. However, too many times I can personally say, I’ve been so excited to use a themed item that I’ve spent a pretty penny on, only to find out I was board in using it after that season and wanted something new.
Can you relate?
Know that your newborn images are going to be unique because YOU captured them, not because of a trendy prop you used. And to tell you the truth…
…parents of newborns really don’t care.
Yes, I just said it!
They are more excited because they are getting beautiful portraits of their new bundle of joy to cherish and love forever.
Here are a few quick and simple ways to add a little holiday to your own newborn images.
Add a colored wrap in red or green to coordinate with the backdrop, instant holiday look!
Have baby girl look like a snow princess in all creams and whites with a simple headpiece. I just added the pearls and red flower to these headpieces from a craft store, easy peasy.
Create simple props. A red bucket can be used and then used over again for a non-holiday look after the season. This little sled was $10 I found in the holiday decor area at a store, add a colored blanket and it’s a sleigh ride!
Use Photoshop to add some lights. Make your own overlay of beautiful bokeh lights or get your FREE download here:
Happy Holiday Photographing!
It’s an honor to be photographing the world’s newest little human beings. It takes that special touch, patience and a pure love. She believes emotional connection makes for influential newborn portraiture and that anyone seeking that, can find it.
Malia lives in sunny Phoenix, Arizona with her most supportive husband and her 3 fun-loving children. As the owner of Malia B Photography, she photographs the cutest babies in the Valley of the Sun.
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