There have been several babies born lately, besides my own, that I have had the pleasure of shooting their first photo sessions. Since they have been the reoccuring session I have been capturing lately, I thought I would do a "what's in my bag" type of post regarding the props I choose to bring with me. And since I am an in location photographer, and shoot newborns in their home more as a lifestyle session, my props are smaller and the set up isn't that of a studio style.
Each newborn is different and each parent has their own ideas of what they may want to have me capture, but no matter if it's a prop I've used in another newborn session(or even a family session), I try to make each client's time with me unique and individual. When selecting props, I try to choose items based on the following 5 things: wear, wrap, lay, use and pose.
Here is what I packed for a baby girl's newborn session I had this week.
The "wear": a Tan knitted diaper cover and a few headbands
The "wrap": a white muslin swaddle blanket and a pink fabric wrap
The "lay": a white plush blanket and a woven tray/basket
The "use": a couple books for baby's big sister to look at and hold her attention in the sibling shots, as well as provide a fun/cute prop.
The "pose": A white posing pillow-always good to have on hand with these type of sessions.
Finally I pack all the props in a suitcase, box, etc that doubles as a carrying case and a possible prop!
Not all the stuff I bring is used, but I feel it's better to have too much than not enough. I also encourage the parents to have special items they may want in the photo on or with the baby. As much as I like my own props, I enjoy the special ones the parents have more.