Newborn Baby Photo Ideas

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I LOVE newborn babies! I don’t typically photograph them, am in a semi-retirement, but when I do, I love to “capture the scene” of a family from a distance. I have a friend that lives in California, but her brother lives in Austin near me, and when she asked if I’d photograph her brother and his family, I couldn’t refuse.

I’ve got a bunch of adorable shots to share, enjoy!

Lilly was simply the sweetest–one of the calmest babies I’ve had the pleasure to photograph. At just under 2 weeks old, this is the perfect time for a newborn session.

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Look at that sweet grin and beautiful eyes!

I shared this picture on Instagram a few days ago, I adore their cute little pup peeking to check out the new addition!

dog peeking to see newborn picture

She tested out her crib for the first time, she looked so small! I love that artwork “L” and the elephant mobile above her.

newborn photography in crib

Love this family shot, their room at such gorgeous light pouring through.

newborn photography with parents

Adorable baby feet…

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newborn family picture

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newborn baby with father photo


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She was awake for most of our session, but she drifted off to sleep off and on, and we could tell she was having a nice rest, by her grin.

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Sweet dreams, baby Lillian!

baby dreaming sign newborn photography

Feel free to check out tips for taking newborn photos.


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  1. Newborn babies are so precious. Especially the first one because it’s all so new <3

  2. Nicole says:

    So pretty! I love that picture with the dog peeking up. So cute! The light in their home is wonderful.

    We haven’t done a newborn session with either of my kids, but since I am due with #3 in early Feb, I am strongly considering it this time. It will be my last baby, and it seems right to try to capture our family with this new and exciting time.

  3. Shawnna says:

    Oh I just love babies! I can’t wait to have one of my own one day soon! She is so darling! Great pics!

  4. Jacqueline says:

    Awww, so sweet! These are my favorite kind if newborn pictures!

  5. Jamie says:

    Oh my goodness… precious. All of them!

  6. I love how sweet these photos are. Thank you so much for sharing them. I love home shoots, to show where they are.

  7. Angela says:

    I also love newborn babies! this is a great lifestyle shoot you did. I have a photography studio in NYC called Picture Perfect NY specializing new newborn photography. If I could, that is all I would photograph 🙂 I do more posed shots where you can see here

  8. What an adorable little family! The home environment really sets an organic, candid tone. And you got so lucky with that grin shot! Great work!