DIY Newborn Photos

Before our little man was born multiple people suggested we do newborn photos with a baby calf. I wasn’t totally sure about the logistics, but I filed it away in my brain as a good idea. It could be fun when the time came. Right??

Shortly after the little man arrived JR’s sister gifted us a knit cow hat and bottom. This sealed the deal on what he would wear for said newborn calf photos. We didn’t schedule any professional maternity or newborn pictures, so I hoped these would be nice. Or at least that they wouldn’t turn into a complete disaster. Given the animal component on the farm I felt as confident in our ability to get good pictures as anybody. 

While JR and I carefully managed calf and baby we took turns snapping away from different angles. We did the pictures on April 15th with a heifer calf born the night before and our 19 day old son. 

Some notes: The calf needed to poop several times, and calves don’t do diapers. At least not well.  Calves also do not know what to make of a baby crying. Fortunately their instinct at this age is to burrow down further and hide. Once the tears intensified all parties were ready to be done. 

First, a few candids:


 Now for some of my favorites:


The most wrinkly baby!   

(1 new baby + 1 new calf) x (lots of patience + a little luck) = numerous images & newborn photoshoot success.

And that is the story of how we did newborn photos. 

About Lisa

Hi, I'm Lisa. Dairy farmer's wife and Minnesotan to the core, I write about rural farm life, running down country roads, and the food, faith, and family that bind everything together. Follow along on my journey.
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4 Responses to DIY Newborn Photos

  1. Terzah says:

    Those are way cuter than any professional photo shot of a newborn that I’ve seen! You have to save them for his prom someday. šŸ™‚

  2. Rebecca says:

    Very cute! Haha, I like how determined you look in that second picture. “Work with me, calf!”

  3. They turned out great!

  4. Alica says:

    Sweet pictures!

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