It’s always a debate whether you should include accessories in newborn portraits. Babies are so adorable to begin with… you don’t *need* to add anything else. But, if you wanted to add some finishing touches, here are my suggestions.
1. Baby Blanket
If you have an heirloom baby blanket that is special to you, I definitely suggest including it in your infant’s portraits. There is nothing more adorable than a baby sleeping on (or swaddled in) a blanket that was handmade by someone dear to you.
2. Handmade Items
By that same token, anything handmade …with significance to you… will add meaning to your portraits. I try to stay away from clothing items, because they will usually mask the cute little newborn folds of skin, but hats and booties? Those are accessories that won’t hide how tiny your baby is as a newborn.
3. Cute Diaper Covers
If you cloth diaper, you probably already own some diaper covers with cute patterns or ruffles. If you’re using disposables, be aware that there are many neat bloomers and covers that can cover the diaper area and be a little more visually appealing than a plain disposable diaper.
4. Heirloom Baby Items
If you have any family baby heirlooms that have been passed down through generations, these can be really nice to include in portraits. For instance, I have a silver baby rattle that was mine, and probably my mother’s before me. heirloom baby items like this add so much meaning to a portrait.
5. Headbands or Bows
Over the next weeks, you’ll see some of these in a few sessions… but for now, you can take a peek at the headbands I got. Aren’t they cute? I am particularly fond of the yellow one.