New parents often look to me for ideas that will add that extra special sentimental touch to their new baby’s photos. My studio has gorgeous handmade items for you to choose from, however, if you would like to incorporate some sentimental newborn props then 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 me a photo of you or your spouse when you were a newborn and let us create a similar photo with your child. If you have another child and want me to use one of their newborn photos to recreate instead then 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

I 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, I’m 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., I can use those props again in these photos, too. If another photographer took those images please share them to me, so I can do my best to capture what you want.

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!

These are just a few examples of some great ideas for a sentimental newborn portrait. What other ideas do you have?

If you’re interested in scheduling a newborn photo session with me, you can do so through my site at my newborn photography page, or you can schedule a phone consult with here. Otherwise feel free to email me at Lisa@OrangeBlossomPhotos.com