From baby to toddler to child in a flash, little ones grow up so fast. Capturing each stage on camera will give you photographs that you can treasure forever, but sometimes it can be tricky to get them to sit still long enough to take a photo!

Taking your own photos at home will give you much more natural, laid back pictures than you’d get in a studio. Don’t fret about getting your little one to pose neatly or smile for the camera. You’ll find that their unique personality shines through when they feel more relaxed, and the photos you capture will be much more personal than posed portrait shots.

Here are seven creative kids photo shoot ideas for simple DIY sessions you can have at home with your own little ones, without spending a fortune.

Favourite Toys

Make your child more relaxed in front of the camera by photographing them with their favourite toy or teddy. In years to come, it will be nice to look back at the childhood friends that kept them company.

Boy with teddy

Child with teddy

Pets

Include four legged friends in your photos to capture the special bond between your child and the family pet. Puppies and kittens grow up as quickly as children, so don’t miss out on taking pictures of all your little ones – including the furry ones!

Girl with cat

Girl with cat

Balloons

Balloons are cheap and easy to buy, and will make any photo instantly more colourful. Combine a sunny day with brightly coloured balloons and you’ve got a perfectly summery or birthday themed photo shoot.

Girl with balloons

Girl with balloons

Fancy Dress

You’ll have no trouble getting the kids interested in a photo shoot if you let them wear their favourite fancy dress. Whether dressing up as their favourite characters or raiding mum’s wardrobe, fancy dress always makes for a fun photo shoot.

Girl playing dress up

Superman baby

Favourite Food

If you have a particularly camera-shy youngster, there’s one thing that’s sure to distract them and make them forget the camera: their favourite food! Capture them tucking into something tasty and they’ll be too happy to worry about having their photo taken.

Girl with cupcake

Baby with watermelon

Bubbles

Bubbles offer lots of fun for little money. Head outside so the natural light shines through the bubbles (and to save your home from getting covered in soapy liquid). Choose a calm day too so you can capture the bubbles before they blow away.

Girl with bubbles

Girl with bubbles

Playing & Hobbies

Visit the playground to take photos of your little one having lots of swinging, climbing fun, or get your older child to show off their hobby. These photos will give you a nice record of the things they loved doing when they were younger.

Boy at playground

Boy with guitar

Perhaps most importantly, don’t let these lovely photographs stay hidden away on your phone or camera. Remember when you were little, and your parents made photo albums of your pictures – from those first baby snaps to your first day at school. Create a photo book filled with your child’s milestones and best moments, and give them the same gift of a timeless keepsake of their childhood.

Busy parents don’t worry, because you can design your book in as little as ten minutes. That means you won’t miss out on precious time making even more special family memories.

Create a Photo Book