Fall is a great time of year to capture the innocence and beauty of your little one(s). Using simple props and backdrops, you can make lasting memories with baby portraits. Here are a few ideas that you can do yourself.
Hay Bales and Pumpkins
Hay bales are becoming a fall staple in crafts stores, and you can find larger bales at places like Lowes or Home Depot. Make sure you get enough bales to support the weight of your baby and the weight of some pumpkins. The pumpkins can be large or small, real or fake. If you have a tiny baby, you’ll want to swaddle them with enough cushioning to protect their skin from the hay. An older baby will be able to sit upright on the hay. Give him/her a pumpkin to hold, and the scene is set! Afterward, you can use the props from the portraits as front porch decorations.
You probably have a basket lying around the house, but if not, it is pretty easy to find one at a crafts store. Depending on the age of your child, you can either lay them in the basket (make sure to cushion the bottom) or sit them upright. For an extra fall touch, use a bag of fake or real apples to spread around the baby. The bigger the basket, the easier it will be. Try to use a basket that has a large arched handle above it, if your child is old enough to sit up. He/she can hold on to the handle with the apples surrounding him/her. You could even stick a fake butterfly on the side of the handle.
This is a great idea for a newborn baby. Find a cornucopia basket, usually at a crafts store, that is large enough to fit the bottom half of your baby in it. Let the baby lay as if he/she is brimming forth from the basket, as the bounty of the season. A cornucopia can be used for an older baby, as well. But, it would be more along the lines of decoration. In that case, fill the cornucopia with flowers or gourds of all colors.
Grab a bouquet of fall flowers from the grocery store, farmer’s market, or florist. Sunflowers of varying colors are a great option. You can do a lot with the flowers. Keep them in a decorative vase and sit them next to your little one, or make it more interactive. Cut the flowers off of the stems and place them all around a newborn. Give an older baby the flowers to hold in his/her hands. This idea can be done inside using a blank white backdrop or the beauty of the outdoors.