DIY | The Anatomy of At-Home Pictures

The photography industry is growing like crazy!  I am constantly amazed at the talent that's out there. I have spent oodles of money on photographers and pictures, and, to be honest, I haven't regretted spending money on a good photographer one time.  There are certain instances where hiring a photographer is a no-brainer: senior pictures, engagement/wedding pictures, maternity pictures, newborn pictures, and family pictures.  I would spend money on these occasions, hands down.  But, there are other situations in which I would opt to take my own photos.  

I'm going to share a few tips with you, today, to help you be prepared to take pictures of your little ones at home.  I enjoy taking milestone pictures of my kids (3, 6, 9, 12 month pictures for my babes and birthday pictures once they get older), but don't have the money to dish out every few months to hire a professional photographer.  And, let's be honest, if I'm going to pay any amount of money to hire someone, I will pay for one that I can guarantee will produce a great product.  If you are spending $100 dollars on an okay photographer, you are wasting your money.  If you are willing to part with your money, you should invest in a quality photographer.  It's worth it... trust me!

So, below is an example of a quick, six month photo shoot I did with our baby.  It was simple, didn't take a lot of time, and was free!  I have taken pictures of  my kids for five years now, so I have a little practice behind me.  I also enjoy looking at pictures on Pinterest, so I have ideas of the aesthetic I'm going for.  I am definitely a bright, minimalist picture taker (not a photographer!).  You need to do a little research and narrow down the kind of look you prefer. If you are new to this process, take it slow and keep your expectations realistic.  

  1. Set your baby up a few feet off of the ground.  This helps to make her (or him) at eye level and easier for you to photograph.  I always have someone there to help in case the babe begins to roll or squirm- safety first!  In this example, I used a cushioned ottoman, but I've also used a toy box and floor pouf before.
  2. Next, grab some cute blankets, quilts, fabrics, or even a simple sheet.  Here, I had a vintage quilt that was a family heirloom, a black and white striped blanket, and a fuzzy, white bathrobe that I used for the base prop.  It is always good to use texture below the baby if you are doing a naked-baby shoot.  If your babe was clothed with color and pattern, go with a simple, solid base blanket.
  3. Gather a few simple baby props.  Here, I used a baby bonnet.  I have used hats, headbands, wraps, and even kept a bare head before.  Again, the key is to not have too much texture, but to also have enough to add interest.  
  4. The last key to great pictures at home is to make sure you have good lighting.  In this example we are in our nursery next to the window.  This ensures that I don't have to use the flash and my camera can gather enough light to make the picture crisp and clear.
I hope you enjoyed this post!  Let me know if you try any of my simple tips and tricks.
Bonnet c/o of Roar Haus


  1. Yep! Your pictures are beautiful! And so is that bebeh :)

  2. Super cute! I just recently got a nice camera so I am looking forward to taking more of my kids pics. While I also don't regret the money we have spent on photos, when I am doing them every 3 months for the first year, 2 times in the second year and then yearly after that with 2 kids it has added up! I am looking forward to learning more, experimenting and saving money! Thanks for the great tips!