Tips for Outdoor Baby Photography

It’s no surprise that as a new mum you want to show your baby off, believe me, as a mum of 2 young boys I know what it is like, but how can do this in a new creative way that stands out from being “just another photo”? Well, let me suggest one idea that I have seen becoming increasing popular for baby photo-shoots; consider having your baby photographed outdoors.

Outdoor Baby Photography

While professional baby photography is something that many new parents treat themselves to, the main focus is certainly on achieving an amazing outcome. Baby photography has very much evolved from taking a photo of a baby in a basket, and while these are still classic images to capture on film, I have been receiving an increasing number of requests to capture babies in a more natural setting – outdoors.

I happened to come across an article published by that gave some great tips on how to get the best results from an outdoors baby photography session, which I thought would be perfect to share. So here are the 7 tips.

7 Important Tips

Tip 1 – Make sure the forecast predicts warm weather for your photo-shoot. This is rule number one when it comes to Baby photography. Alternatively, if the weather isn’t on your side, make sure that you or the photographer bring plenty of blankets with you. This way the baby is happy and the photos will be a lot easier to take.

Tip 2 – Choose a location for the photo-shoot that will offer few distractions. The park is a lovely place to go, but it can keep the baby awake, especially if there are lots of children playing or people with dogs. If you want photos taken of your baby sleeping, then this is not the place for you.

Tip 3 – Summertime is great weather wise, but is also brings insects, which are not good for babies. If you are going to use nature’s props –for example, a tree stump – check that there are no nasty bugs or insects that can harm the baby in any way. Your blankets will come in handy times like this.

Tip 4 – Always feed the baby before the photo-shoot. This is one tip I strongly recommend as a baby photographer. While having your baby’s photo taken, you may need to use a dummy to calm your baby in order to create the desired pose if your baby is agitated. If you do not use a dummy, then let your photographer know this so they can come up with another way of getting the same result.

Tip 5 – Look at our website to see if there are photos in our gallery that you particularly like the composition of. If you are looking for a photo session that is unique, then that is up to you, but if you don’t really know what sort of photo you are looking for from your baby photography session, then this can give you some great ideas.

Tip 6 – Lighting is something that can be played around with. The more we practice taking photos in different lights, the better we get at knowing which light is best for the types of photos you are looking to have created. I have found that some photos work well later on in the day whereas others are best taken when the light is at its brightest. I have found this out through many years of experimenting with my camera.

Tip 7 – Taking photos of your baby outside can be exciting, and at Little Orange Photography I have worked with many hundreds of babies across the Gold Coast. I know I can take beautiful baby photos in any setting, but the one thing that is most important above everything else is the well-being and safety of the babies I photography. If you are planning an outdoor photo-shoot, keep this as your priority and the rest will fall into place.


So there you have them – 7 tips that will help any parent wanting to choose the outdoors for their baby photography session. Keep these tips in mind when you have your outdoor baby photos taken and you will end up with some fantastic photos.

If you are interested in finding a professional who specialises in baby photography, then you have found just that in Little Orange Photography. Do not hesitate to get in contact with me, Mel Tucker, for more information or view the Newborn photography page of the website.

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