Props for Great Baby Shots

You know those awesome baby shots you see on Pinterest? They always look so adorable and quiet – surprisingly no one takes shots of babies howling at 3am with a back full of poop.

So often these amazing shots include an adorable prop that really take it to the next level. So I teamed up with the amazing team from Canon and Etsy to track some of those perfect props down so you can make your own baby shots sing!

Click on any of the images below to take you to the props and tutorials. I can't link you directly to each tutorial page (grrr) so I just added a little notation on the shot on where to find it when you go to

Check it out:

Swaddle Shot:

This seems to be the ultimate baby shot. Nothing epitomizes a newborn like a wrapped up ball of sweet, sleeping cuteness. Thankfully newborns sleep a lot (it just doesn't feel like it) so getting these shots aren't too tricky with the right lighting and props. Take a look at the tutorial on how to capture this shot safely too – a newborn sliding off a pillow never makes for a great picture. As for the props, I LOVE the sweet little headbands! I love a good giant-bow like the rest of us, but they can sometimes overwhelm a teeny new head.


Bath Time:

You want to make sure your little bath bud can sit up for this and you have a spotter (can you see the tipping potential a mile away too?) Try to find timeless, simple props for this one. I'd poke around a thrift store for the boots because the ones in this shot are like $60. They are incredibly adorable but pre-walkers don't need $60 rainboots (go for it if you have Beyoncé bucks.) A yellow rubber duck would work really well too.


Staged from Above:

I remember the first time I saw the Mila's Dream series and I nearly wet my pants. Shots like this are adorable, creative and hysterical all wrapped into one. In my opinion, the oversized balloon is the trickiest one to source here but I don't know what kind of parties you throw. Again, watch the tutorial on this because it includes shooting from overhead which can get a little precarious – be sure to have your morning coffee first.


Santa Baby:

Ho Ho Hold the phone and check out this sweet Santa Baby shot. You can jingle bell the heck out of this or just keep it all subtle and sweet. I love that little reindeer they found on Esty too.


Baby Harvest:

Apples? Check! Basket? Check! Adorable blanket that kind of looks like moss? Er. If you are a knitter (or know one that loves you) then you can whip this one up (says the non-knitter...I know you purl something.) Otherwise the one from Etsy is perfect. Actually, I think it would be an amazing prop for halloween costumes, outdoor shoot, etc. so it probably has more uses than you think. Baby in a Flower pot carrier? I think yes!



You loves ya, baby?! I love the idea of the paper hearts in the background. You can probably source a lot of this stuff from what you have hanging around then add in the hearts. You'll have a beautiful shot to admire on my favourite holiday, Half Price Chocolate Day, on February 15th.


Christmas Tree:

I see these magical shots all the time and think they are just beautiful. I often wonder if the next shot is an 11-month old pulling a Christmas tree down on themselves but maybe that's just my kids. The Etsy board shows some really lovely vintage glass balls for this shot but I personally would opt for something a little more bounceable. Get a kid/tree spoter and some plastic ornaments and let 'er rip.

Do you feel inspired? I sure do and I'm the queen of "meh, that's too much work."

And, hey, if you end up nailing a great shot I'd love to see it! Tag me on Instagram with @pregnantchicken or put it on my Facebook wall with the hashtag #BabyMoments!

Happy snappin'!

This post was created in partnership with Canon Canada. All opinions are my own though – you know how much I love sleeping little babies in hats.