How to do a newborn photoshoot and a family photoshoot in the home?

Newborn photoshoot in client home

Newborn photography and family, Mom&Me sessions at home can provide a comfortable and personal environment to capture memories. A&M Mazur Photography does this because they want everyone to have the opportunity to take photos of a newborn. We know that not everyone can come to the studio to do a newborn photoshoot in London. We are newborn photographers in London and give you as a customer and other photographers tips on how to do it at home.  It’s a special, personal way to showcase the joy and beauty of your baby’s first weeks of life and the moments spent together. While many families choose studio sessions, a newborn photoshoot can be in your own home. That can provide a comfortable, intimate, and stress-free environment for you, your family, and you’re newborn. Being familiar with your surroundings can help children, parents, and pets feel more relaxed. In addition, there are objects and decorations in the home which can be used during newborn and family photoshoots. That can add depth and story elements to the photos. Choosing a photo shoot in your home eliminates the need to travel. Here are some tips to help you prepare for a successful photoshoot at home. More information about Newborn photography in London, Maternity photoshoots and other kind of Fine Art photoshoots you will find in A&M Mazur Photography blogs. 

1. Choose the right time

Newborn sleep for most of the day and are usually most sleepy and content during the first 2 weeks of life. It is recommended to do newborn sessions for up to 2 weeks. This doesn’t exclude taking photos when your baby is older but bear in mind that it can be more difficult and take more time.

2. Choose the best time during the day

when your child is likely to deep sleep. Newborn sessions are most often done in the morning because babies are sleepiest then. Their sleep is deep, restful, and often long. It is easier to work with a sleeping child, it is easier to pose and dress them. This makes taking pictures in different poses and clothes easier, and more natural-looking pictures. Additionally, mornings tend to be calmer and less stressful, which helps keep your baby calm and relaxed. Morning light is also often softer and diffused. We don’t have a high contrast effect, there aren’t too many shadows. The photos are natural. Another reason for doing a photo shoot in the morning is that we can save a lot of time. By doing sessions before noon, we have a good chance that the child will sleep a lot. We don’t need any more time in the feeding room, changing diapers, putting to sleep, and doing other activities. In general, scheduling a photo shoot in the morning has many advantages and can give us better results. However, keep in mind that every child is different. Some may not be cooperative in the morning. They may be having a bad day, have a medical condition, or something else. In this case, it may be necessary to reschedule the photo shoot for another date.

3. Make room warm

Newborns are not able to regulate their body temperature as well as older children and adults. Babies can become cold quickly, which can make them moody, cry, and not want to sleep. If the room is too cold, your baby may begin to shiver, which can make it difficult for him to get comfortable. Additionally, a warm room can also prevent your baby from dehydration. Newborns lose heat quickly through their skin and can become dehydrated if the room is too cold. Make sure the room you choose for your photo shoot is warm and comfortable. It is important to ensure that the temperature in the room is high enough before starting the photo shoot. It’s a good idea to have a thermometer to ensure the temperature isn’t too low or too high when taking photos. We, adults, may not feel it getting colder in the room, but a naked newborn will feel it right away. You need to monitor the temperature throughout the session to keep your baby comfortable. During the session, the temperature in the place where the photos are taken should be between 26-28 degrees Celsius. This temperature will also rise when the lamps are on. They heat up and give extra warmth. It is also recommended to use heating fans, which should be placed close to the posing place. This is especially important when we are doing on which the newborn is naked. The right temperature in the room will give the child comfort and relaxation during the photo session and avoid discomfort or stress that could negatively affect the photos.

4. Prepare props

A variety of props are used in newborn photography London shoots to add interest to the photos. Below you will find answers to what it is worth to have a session in the studio but also at home was great. See how different photos with the same props can be created at A&M Mazur Photography.

Blankets and swaddles:

Soft, cozy blankets and swaddles are used to wrap and pose the baby, they can also be used as a background for photos. We can use the blankets the photographer brought or we can use the ones we have at home. It is worth adding something that is a family heirloom to the photo. Maybe we have a blanket that the child got as a gift or a hand-the child got as a gift or a hand-

Baskets, bowls, pots, and buckets:

Woven baskets, bowls, and metal buckets are often used to pose a child, providing a natural and rustic look. Wooden bowls in which a child can lie look great in the pictures. Woven baskets are very often used. They work great when we want the baby to sleep resting his head on his hands or lying in a few wraps.

Hats and headbands:

Cute hats and headbands can add a touch of personality and style to your photos. Braided hats can be for boys and girls. The simple style suits all genders. For girls, we can choose hats with lace, frills, or flowers. It will be a charming addition to outfits or wraps. Headbands are a great idea to add beauty to a girl. They can be simple headbands, i.e.

Stuffed toys:

During a newborn session, toys can often be used in many ways:

Prop: Place a stuffed toy next to your baby to add color and texture to the image. A few teddy bears lying next to a sleeping baby look great.

Support: Use a soft toy to support your baby’s head or provide support for his body. Cushions come in a variety of shapes. You can use many soft toys and arrange them in the bowl where the baby lies.

Posing: Use the soft toy to create interesting poses for the baby by placing it close to him or putting it on his body. Unicorns and ponies are popular now. The baby lies cuddled up to him and we look down at this picture and we have the impression that he is riding a small pony.

Remember that safety is the top priority when using props in a photo shoot. Make sure the soft toy is clean and free of any small parts that could present a choking or injury hazard.

Bowls, buckets:

Bowls are often used in newborn photo shoots as they provide an interesting and functional prop that can be used to create different poses. The bowls can be used to create different positions such as placing your baby in a bowl in different positions. Most often lying on the back wrapped in wraps or outfits. The shape and depth of the bowl can be used to create interesting and dynamic compositions. Round and flat bowls are used, but also higher bowls with handles.

Another reason why bowls are often used in newborn photo shoots is that they are relatively easy to work with. The bowls are lightweight and easy to set up. Even first-time photographers are comfortable using them. It is enough to put a child in a wrap in a bowl decorated with leaves, flowers, and fabrics and take a photo at a good angle.

Overall, the use of bowls in a newborn photo shoot can add interest, creativity, and uniqueness to your photos.

Stools, benches, and small beds:

Small beds are often used during newborn sessions.

The cots are designed to fit the size and proportions of a newborn. Their ideal size and shape for posing are important when photographing a child.

Another advantage of using small beds in a newborn session is that you can create a variety of poses and compositions on them. The baby can lie on his back, on his side, or sit in a position in which he holds his head in his hands. The cost can be decorated differently. Pillows, blankets, mattresses, flowers, and more will add uniqueness. In this way, each composition can be different. Children can lie on their tummies on the benches. Sleeping with the head on the pillow, or resting lying on your hands. You can use the same benches later in the sessions for older children who will be sitting on them. If the family session is attended by siblings, they can sit on a bench holding a baby in their hands. This addition will enrich the pictures. It’s worth investing in.

5. Backgrounds

There are several types of backdrops that can be used in a newborn photoshoots london and others photoshoots:

Solid Color: A solid background color such as white, cream or pastel is a popular choice as it creates a simple and timeless look. A great choice is a seamless paper or vinyl that can be ironed. We must remember that they cannot be large. We need a backdrop for photos with props and a backdrop for portrait photos with the family.

Textured: A textured background, such as fabric or canvas, can add depth and interest to an image. It will work better as a backdrop for portraits than as a base for newborn photos with props.

Natural: A natural background, such as a wooden floor or outdoor environment, can give an image a warm, natural image. It is worth using matte mats that imitate a wooden floor. They are easy to transport and check for photos with any props. That is what A&M Mazur Photography is using in the client’s home. 

Flash lamp background

The background can also be a white lamp diffuser. If we use artificial light, we can set the family sideways against the background of the flash. These types of photos are a great basis for black-and-white family portraits. We are using it on every newborn photography London photoshoot in the studio and at home. You can check that king of photos on the website

We can always use just a wall as a background, even white will be a good base. We can also take pictures on an armchair, sofa, or bed, then our background can be added to pillows, flowers, and vases. These types of photos are more natural.

When choosing a backdrop for a newborn shoot, it’s important to consider the overall aesthetic you want to achieve, and make sure the backdrop doesn’t distract from the newborn as well as the family. Newborn photography London are not only photos of the newborn, but also of the mother with the child, and the whole family. We must keep this in mind. We need a different background for a family photo and a different one when the child is lying in the basket.

6. Posing station

Posing station

The position for posing for a newborn photography London photo sessions is a designated place where the child can comfortably lie down to take photos. The most popular are bean bags, small soft bags, posing stations, and others. At home, small portable bean bags are usually used, folded posing travel stations, or alternatives are sought, such as taking pictures on a sofa, bed, or armchair. The posing position should be well-lit, warm, and, above all, safe for the child. It should be placed near the power source of the lighting equipment, we also need to have access to electricity to connect the heating fan. The posing station must have enough space around it. We must have space for lamps, a reflector, and stations with the necessary accessories such as posing pillows, hats, headbands, etc.

The posing station is a common and versatile piece of equipment in newborn photography London and other and can be used in a variety of poses and configurations. Without it, you can only take pictures on the ground using props. Some types of photos that can be taken on a pouf include:

Lying down: the classic position where the baby lies on his back or side, often with his arms and legs in a natural and relaxed position. Photos of this type look good when the child is wearing an outfit or is covered with a cloth.

Tummy Time: A position where your baby is lying on their tummy facing the camera. He can sleep or not, it doesn’t matter because this position always looks wonderful.

Wrapped: A position where the baby is wrapped in fabric for a cozy and secure feeling. Wrapped babies fall asleep quickly, if you are dealing with a crying baby, try swaddling them. There’s a good chance he’ll fall asleep. Most often, the child is wrapped in 2-3 layers of materials.

Prop: the position in which the child is placed in or on a prop, such as a wooden heart, star, or moon. You can also use bowls.

Mum’s and dad’s hands: the child is lying on the fabric and the parents are holding his hands. It can also lie, for example, in heart-shaped props and the parents hold their hands over the heart. A photo taken from above looks great.

The pouf provides a soft and flexible surface for your baby to lie on, allowing for different poses and angles. Check that ideas on

7. Light

During a home newborn session, natural light is often the most used light source. This can come from windows, sliding doors, or other sources of direct or indirect sunlight. However, keep in mind that natural light changes throughout the day. Light can be affected by weather conditions, making it less predictable than artificial light sources. Newborn sessions are recommended to be done in the morning when the light is not so strong.

In some cases, newborn photographers London like we may also use portable artificial lighting, such as flashlights or continuous lights. They are used to supplement or increase the available natural light. This can help you control lighting and create a more consistent look for your photos. In addition, spotlights can be used to reflect light back onto the stage and fill in shadows, creating a more balanced display. A reflector may be unnecessary when on the one hand we have the light from the umbrella and on the other natural light falling through the window.

It’s worth noting that using artificial lighting for a newborn home photo shoot may require more technical knowledge and equipment. It may not be the best choice for everyone. However, for those who are experienced and have the right equipment and knowledge, it can give you more control and flexibility to create the look you want for your photos. They have knowledge and experience on-site, and we can decide which light will be better. By using natural light, we limit the time that we would have to spend on disassembling the lighting equipment.

8. Prepare the place

Choose the right location: consider factors such as lighting, background, and overall look and feel. If the session is done at home, we may have less space to work. The place must be prepared before the photographer arrives. Furniture must be moved to the wall if possible. Coffee tables, potted flowers, and others must be removed from the room. If possible, open the windows to get as much light as possible into the room. Places with access to electricity should be exposed so that lamps and other equipment can be plugged in.

If your session also includes family photos, you may need to set a plain or textured background, such as white seamless paper, or fabric background. If it is possible to use a painted wall as a background, you need to choose a place that is at least 1.2 wide so that the parents and the baby can be photographed. The place must be clean, and the child’s parents must ensure that the floor is clean. There will be props on it in which the child will lie. A sofa or a bed can be a base for a posing station, so you also need to think about a clean place.

Check the angle and composition of the camera: Make sure that the camera is positioned in a way that captures the desired view of the space and that the composition is aesthetically pleasing.

9. Camera settings

To set up the camera before a photo shoot:

Choose the right lens: Choose the right lens based on the type of photo shoot and the desired effect. When shooting at home, it’s best to have a wide-angle lens and a portrait lens. These two are enough, you don’t need many.

Set Aperture: The aperture controls the amount of light entering the camera and also affects the depth of field. For portraits, a low aperture (e.g. f/2.8 or f/4) creates a shallow depth of field that helps isolate the subject and blur the background, which is what we want. At home, we don’t have a professional background so we want to do everything to blur what the photographed person is. On a solid background, you can work in photoshop, add texture, change the color, or add elements like leaves and flowers. Newborn photos taken on materials must be blurred in the background because most of the fabrics are not perfectly ironed, even when stretched, they have imperfections. The background blur will help us to tone it down.

Set Shutter Speed: The shutter speed determines how long the camera sensor is exposed to light. For a bright photo, choose a shutter speed that matches your aperture and ISO setting, or use a faster shutter speed to freeze motion.

Set the ISO: You have to try to keep the ISO as low as possible, it gives the best image quality and that’s what we want. If we have a well-positioned flash or a suitable, sufficient amount of natural light, the ISO can be set to a minimum.

Choose the appropriate focus mode: The focus mode determines how the camera focuses on the subject. Focus on the eye.

Adjust white balance: White balance controls the color temperature of the photo. The white balance can be adjusted to the lighting conditions. For a natural-looking photo, select an appropriate white balance setting or use the auto white balance.

Before you start a photo session, check your camera settings and lighting. Once your baby is in your hands, everything should be set up and ready to go. It is necessary to do this so as not to waste time during the session.

10. Plan

Pictures of the newborn and family at home are a great alternative when you want to save time, and stress and be in a place where you feel comfortable. However, it is worth remembering that there are many disadvantages of such a session and we must take them into account. In order for the session to run smoothly and not waste time, you should have a step-by-step plan for the session. You can write down on a piece of paper what you want to do during the session, mark what you want to use for the photos, what outfit should be worn, and so on. If you have a good memory and experience, you won’t need a piece of paper because you have a plan in your head. When you take pictures already think about the next item about the different props you will use.

Plan your sessions so that you have to change the lighting location as little as possible. Try not to move the lamp, keep it in one place. Think about if and when you need an assistant. Tell your parents when you need them and what they need to do. If parts of the picture are to be taken, explain to them what to do before they approach the newborn.You can read me about it on

Pose Selection: Decide what poses you want to use during the newborn photo shoot. Start with the easiest ones and those that are so-called starting, go smoothly to the next ones so as not to wake up the little one. When wrapping a newborn, think about what colors to use, make it so that you can unfold one layer and use the one that is now visible. Limiting the changing of your newborn increases the chances that he will sleep longer.

A professional studio like A&M Mazur Photography gives you:

Lighting: A studio newborn photo shoot typically involves controlled lighting, such as studio strobe lights or continuous light. In the studio, large lamps are used, which, unfortunately, can rarely be used at home. They take up a lot of space and are heavy. Working with light is one of the important things that a photographer must be able to do. It’s important to work with the best newborn photographer London and be sure the quality of the photos is the highest. 

Background: A&M Mazur Photography for Newborn photography London and others a variety of backgrounds to choose from. There are solid color or textured backdrops in the studio, while a home newborn photo shoot usually has limited choices. In the studio, a newborn session can be done on different floors or vinyl backgrounds. In the studio, it is possible to take a family photo in which more people are involved, at home, it is impossible to do it unless we have a very large free wall.

Props and accessories: A studio for newborn photography London and other places has a wide variety of props and accessories available, such as baskets, blankets, scarves, headbands, and hats, while a newborn home photo shoot may have a limited selection of props and accessories. We can only use what the photographer brought. You can add or change anything in the studio at any time. Things are at your fingertips.

Both studio and home newborn photo shoots have their pros and cons, and the choice between them depends on personal preference and desired results. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, the most important thing is to be satisfied with the results. Before you will start looking for Newborn photographer near me or Newborn photoshoot near me think about your expectations and then find best Newborn photographer London, maybe A&M Mazur Photography will be your choice.