Have you ever thought of having an outdoor baby photoshoot? When you think of baby shoots, you often think of curled up babies, wrapped in cute blankets, generally fast asleep. At home shoots like this can be really lovely and capturing their little newborn features is so special. But, waiting until your baby is a few months old and venturing outdoors can be amazing!

I couldn’t wait to meet this little one. After photographing her parent’s wedding a few years ago and then a maternity shoot, I was so excited to photograph the new little arrival. They decided to wait a few months for the baby shoot so that they could capture her smiles and personality. Mum chose to have a special shoot for her and her daughter, outdoors on a walk that they go on together as a family. Mum has taken hundreds of baby photos but does not have many special photos of her and her baby girl together. I loved this idea and resonate with it so much being a mum of 2 girls myself. We are not in the photos as much as we should be!

How does an outdoor baby shoot work?

All you really need for your outdoor shoot is your baby bag for all those necessities and a lovely blanket to sit down on. Parkland, fields or woods provide a beautiful, natural backdrop for the images. We chose to follow a footpath that leads through fields close to Kenilworth Castle. This is a special family place for them. Babies love to be outdoors and are fascinated by everything around them. Outdoor baby shoots work best in the warmer months as it is great to be able to photograph beautiful chubby bare legs and arms!

There was so much love captured on this shoot. I know how special photos like this become as your children get older. They freeze a little moment in time for us to go back and visit, helping us to relive those feelings and memories. Beautiful for our children to treasure when they are all grown up- such special moments from their childhood.

You can venture outdoors with baby at any age but waiting until they can hold their head up well, roll and sit up well supported or on their own, can offer a bit more variety to your images. You can bring blankets, toys, even the dog – whatever you would like to include.

outdoor baby shoot in Kenilworth

baby toes, outdoor photo shoot

baby lying on a blanket in a field in Kenilworth, smiling at the camera

Mum cuddling a baby girl who is laughing

mum holding a baby close to her having a cuddle

baby girl holding on to mum

baby sucking fingers as he has a cuddle with mum on Kenilworth photoshoot

Baby girl laughing as Mum tickles her toes

Mum supports baby as she stands up in a field

Baby giggling as Mum tickles her

Baby's chubby legs and feet

Baby sucking her toes as she lies down on a blanket

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