Giveaway: The Ultimate Newborn Photographer Prop Prize Pack – $1,200 Value

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Giveaway: The Ultimate Newborn Photographer Prop Prize Pack – $1,200 Value


This contest is now over.  The winner is Laura Van Ravenswaay – entry #2205.  We appreciate all who entered.  Come back soon for more great newborn photography tips and help.  And future contests too.




This is the ultimate giveaway for newborn photographers! Win more than $1,200 worth of hats, wraps, accessories, an Ottoman Posing Beanbag, and a backdrop and flooring. Whether you are a professional photographer or just getting starting in your journey to photograph newborns and babies, this prize package has the perfect assortment of goodies.  And best yet, entering is easy.  Just answer one of two questions we have for you – read on for details.

Introducing the prizes and our wonderful hosts of the contest:

After the Bump is giving away: $600+ worth of newborn photography props and accessories from their store.

Shoot Baby is giving away an Ottoman Posing Beanbag and a three pack of waterproof pads. $130 value.

Rock the Drops is giving away a two 60×72″ poly backdrops and one 60×72″ dura floor backdrop. $450 value.

+ Shipping from After the Bump and Rock the Drops is included anywhere in the United States; shipping from Shoot Baby is included anywhere in the world! If you are outside the United States, you may still enter, but will be asked to cover taxes and tariffs as required by law and shipping for the two vendors indicated.



How to enter the contest:

  • For seasoned newborn photographers: add a comment telling us your best piece of advice for photographing babies or editing images of newborns.
  • For those who are fairly new to photographing newborns: list one question you have for a professional photographer who focuses on newborns.

Extra entries:

 Winner will be announced:

  • On our blog Sunday evening, 5/6/12.  The winner will be selected by either random drawing – or – my twins may pick the winning number (also pretty much random). And I will add the winner’s name to the top of this post.


Prize details:


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  1. photoquilty
    May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am —

    Posted your link on FB!

  2. Jenny Walker
    May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am —

    I shared on Facebook!!!!

  3. Jenny Walker
    May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am —

    I’m new to newborn photography and my question would be: What is the best fail safe pose to use for a brand new little love bug?

  4. Danielle
    May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am —

    My best piece of advice for any newborn shoot would be to make the parents as comfortable as possible with you, especially if they are first time parents. You are handling their precious package and they need to know that you are making their baby’s safety your first priority and great portraits second. Let them help too by holding a blanket or soothing the baby if/when they get fussy. They like feeling like they are not just spectators. 🙂

  5. photoquilty
    May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am —

    I just visited the FB sites of the awesome companies that are supporting this giveaway!

  6. Angel Gray
    May 2, 2012 at 9:20 am —

    I have been shooting newborns for a few years now. My most favorite tip is the heating pad I put under the blankets. It is not the plug in kind so no worry about it heating too much. It is full of beans and I put it in the microwave for a couple minutes to heat. It stays hot for a while and it is under a couple layers of blankets, not touching the baby. Also a tiny space heater I picked up on amazon and a noise machine that I hang from the backdrop stand! Also, keep the environment calm! No extra people if you can avoid it (grandmas who want to watch etc.)

  7. Angel Gray
    May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am —

    I visited all three vendor sites, have already been using shoot baby products (love them) but definitely loving those ruffle bloomers over at after the bump too!

  8. photoquilty
    May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am —

    My best advice when photographing newborns: keep plenty of warm milk on hand – whether by having the mom nurse the baby over and over again, or a warm bottle. My babies always look their best when they are warm and fed.

    This is a great contest!

  9. Heather Maneke
    May 2, 2012 at 9:16 am —

    I have Visited the three vendors on Facebook: After the Bump, Shoot Baby, and Rock the Drops. I left a comment on the wall with the exception of Shoot baby. They don’t allow comments by the public, so I sent a personal message thanking them

  10. Kelly
    May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am —

    I am fairly new to newborn photography focusing more on toddlers and preschoolers. I have a newborn session coming up and my question is – what do you do when they don’t want to go to sleep?!

  11. kristie
    May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am —

    I left a message on the 3 vendors. I also shared this on my page

  12. Amanda Snodgrass
    May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am —

    I’ve only done a handful of newborns and would love to get into newborns more. I have found the need of patience with the newborn and the mother. Calm and relaxed so the baby doesn’t sense the tension. My biggest question would be: What is suggested for lighting? I don’t want to bombard the baby with lights that will startle them each time they go off. I’ve read about using lighting from a window. I’ve bounced light off a ceiling, but sometimes that seems to not be enough. Should that be more of a concern in editing?

  13. kristie
    May 2, 2012 at 9:13 am —

    My question is, How do you get the first time parents to stay calm and relaxed while you change poses and move around?

  14. Jayson Simmons
    May 2, 2012 at 9:13 am —

    When photo shooting a newborn session, as you finish the photo shoot are you absolutely confident that you have what you want? Are you ever satisfied with the outcome of the finals?

  15. Melissa Heuscher
    May 2, 2012 at 9:11 am —

    What kind of lighting setup do you use to get such gorgeous light on the babies?? It’s always so perfect!

  16. RacHael Clark
    May 2, 2012 at 9:11 am —

    How do you handle fussy babies who refuse to sleep?

  17. Heather Maneke
    May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am —

    I have share this giveaway on Pinterest

  18. Lisa Crane
    May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am —

    I don’t do alot of new born but most of my newborn clients come from past wedding clients. Best advice is to set aside at least a 2-3 hour block of time and have a heater because babies hate to be cold. Always try to photograph the baby when they are sleeping because an awake baby is usually a little on the cranky side. This is where the patience comes in.

  19. Heather Maneke
    May 2, 2012 at 9:07 am —

    I shared to my facebook linking to this page and to MCP facebook

  20. Julie Walker
    May 2, 2012 at 9:07 am —

    Hello! I am new to newborn photography. My question is: What are some good tricks to get them to be comfortable? My few attempts were met with crankiness. 🙂

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Giveaway: The Ultimate Newborn Photographer Prop Prize Pack – $1,200 Value