How to customize your newborn photo session with a special prop from home


November 28, 2022

As a  Washington, D.C., newborn photographer, I’m sharing my top tips on how to customize your newborn photo session with a special prop from home.

Why Customize Your Newborn Photo Session With A Prop From Home?

  • It makes the session unique for you and your family. When you use a prop that has significance to you, it will add meaning to the images.
  • It sparks memories. Instead of looking at a blank backdrop, you’ll be reminded of happy times spent with your loved ones every time you look at the photos.
  • It’s personal. A prop from home shows off your personality and who you are as a family. It’s a great way to tell your story.

What Are Some Props to Use In Your Newborn Photo session?

The possibilities are endless when choosing a prop for your session. If you’re at home, your own home or nursery makes the setting unique to a client and will spark memories versus a blank studio backdrop. However, if you’re going into the studio, here are a few ideas to get you started:

Parents in the nursery holding their baby girl during a newborn photo session in Leesburg, Virginia.

A man sitting in a rocking chair with his newborn baby during a newborn photo session in Leesburg, Virginia.

Bring A Special Blanket Or Quilt

This is the perfect way to make your photos extra personal and meaningful for years to come. Choose an heirloom quilt made by your grandmother or a soft, cozy baby blanket with sentimental value.

Consider A Newborn Wrap With Baby’s Name

A newborn wrap or swaddle can be a unique addition to your session. Choose one with your baby’s name embroidered on it or a special pattern that celebrates their birth month to add an extra special touch.

A baby girl wrapped in a personalized swaddle during a newborn photo session in Leesburg, Virginia.

A baby wearing a personalized onesie during a newborn photo session in Washington, D.C.

Bring A Special Toy Or Family Heirloom To Customize Your Newborn Photo Session

Think of a family heirloom that you can include in the photos, such as a toy your baby’s sibling once played with or a stuffed animal from your own childhood. This will help create beautiful family memories for years to come.

Consider Including Parent’s Professions

A fun idea is to include items or props from your own profession. For example, if you’re a doctor, bring along a stethoscope; if you’re an engineer, bring in some tools and hardhats; if you’re an artist, bring some paintbrushes and canvases. Those items can be used as unique props in the session and can tell a special story about your family.

Wrapping It Up

Customizing your newborn photography session is a great way to add a personal touch and make the experience even more special. Whether it be in your home or at my residential studio in Leesburg, I welcome any special props or items you would like to include in your newborn photo session with me! Contact me today to book your special session! ​


  1. Stacey says:

    Love all these great recommendations! Definitely makes it super special for the family! Piper is so cute!!

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