How I create natural baby portraits in my Los Angeles studio

October 17, 2022

As a baby photographer in Los Angeles, I’m known for creating natural baby portraits. I photograph babies and their families outdoors and in my clients’ homes, but my favorite place to create natural baby portraits is actually in my LA studio.

For some, especially those who were dragged to the mall for yearly family photos, it’s hard to imagine natural studio baby portraits. I’m here to tell you that they’re not only possible but also beautiful and timeless!

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Want to know how I create natural baby portraits in the studio?

First, I use soft, natural lighting.

Producing soft light is the first step to creating a natural studio portrait. I won’t get into the nitty gritty details of strobe power and diffusers. All you need to know is that the light I create in my studio looks like soft window light and creates a light and airy feel.

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Second, I create simple baby portraits without props or sets.

I want your baby portraits to bring back memories of your baby and nothing more. Props, sets, and costumes may bring back memories of your photo shoot, but natural baby portraits bring back memories of your baby and their new smiles, chubby legs, or tentative first steps.

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Portrait of baby with playing cubes

Third, I photograph natural interactions and candid moments.

Yes, we’ll get those classic baby and family portraits, with everyone looking at the camera. We’ll also capture more organic moments. In fact, for most of the session, you’ll simply be cuddling and playing with your baby. These photos of you and your baby playing are always client favorites.

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Now you know how I create natural baby photos in the studio! It’s not rocket science, but it is an art. 

When’s the best time to capture baby portraits in the studio? I photograph natural studio baby portraits starting at three months. My favorite age/stage to photograph in the studio is 6-8 months when your baby is sitting but not yet crawling. Lots of photographers call these “sitter sessions.” First-birthday sessions come in at a close second!

Ready to book a studio session for your baby? Please get in touch!

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