August 8, 2017

Picture Perfect Photo Props for Babies, Toddlers and Families (Part II)

Alyssa Cole

Family photo shoots are so much fun! Whether you have just welcomed a new baby, are chasing a toddler or have a ‘big kid’ in the house, you’ll want to find photo props that are fun, colorful or meaningful to you. Props add personality and really pop in photos, so I’ve put together a list for you to consider before your next family photo shoot, including one of my favorite area rugs from Mohawk Home.

For Babies


There are so many precious hat options for newborn babies, and let’s be honest, no matter what you put on a tiny little head, it’s sure to make you swoon. I especially love the idea of welcoming a little one to the world with a birthday hat!

Glittery birthday hat photo props for newborn baby

Newborn birthday hat photo prop



What could be more angelic? Newborn crowns and halos come in a wide variety of shapes and styles, but my favorite by far is a natural look that is almost as innocent and sweet as the little princess or prince.

Halo Flower Crown photo prop for newborn



Before my daughter was born, I got so many beautiful handmade blankets and quilts from family members and dear friends. I know that one day they will become tattered and faded, but they’ll always hold a special place in my heart because they came from people who loved her before she even arrived! What better way to showcase these gifts than to incorporate them in your photos?

Quilt photo props for babies


Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You is one of my all-time favorite children’s books by Nancy Tillman. When I first saw this photo of new parents with their baby, pointing to a globe, I couldn’t help but remember the words I often read: “I wanted you more than you’ll ever know, so I sent love to follow wherever you go. . . “

Globe photo prop for newborn baby photography


For Toddlers


Chalk Art:

Photo props don’t have to be expensive to be adorable! One of the latest Pinterest crazes is to create sidewalk chalk art that shows your toddler doing magical things, like collecting the stars.

Chalk art photo prop for toddlers

Or flying like the superhero she is!

Sidewalk chalk art with toddler flying over skyscrapers



What toddler doesn’t love a good party (and a little sugar, too?) Use candles in your photos to show off that birthday cake and capture the sweetest smile!  Use candles as a photo prop for your toddler's birthday shoot


Every toddler needs space to play and a soft place to land when it’s time to unwind. The Francesca style by Mohawk Home is a gorgeous contemporary woven rug that is perfect for a nursery or kids room. It’s made from recycled plastic bottles so it’s earth friendly and kid friendly, too!

Francesca cream area rug by Mohawk Home
Shop more Mohawk Home area rugs styles here.


Francesca cream area rug by Mohawk Home is a beautiful photo prop for kids.
Photo: Obsessed by Portia Blog

For Older Kids


Your ‘big kid’ can express his or her style during a photo shoot using fashion glasses, prescription lenses or a pair of fun sun shades. No matter what, their future will look bright!

Fashion glasses photo prop for kids



Sometimes a scenic place is the only backdrop you need to make your photos pop!

Sunflower field backdrop for a kid-friendly photo shoot

Little girl with dandelion as prop in family photo session

Flower backdrop as a photo prop for kids

Wall Art:

Have a piece of framed wall art you love? Use it in your photo session!

Wall Art Photo prop "Follow That Dream"


For All Ages


What family photo shoot would be complete without your furry friends?

Family dog looks on at baby during photo shoot


Baby chicks are great for depicting life on the farm or as a sign that spring is just around the corner!

Spring chicks in family photo shoot



There is such a precious story behind this sweet picture, and I simply couldn’t leave it out. This is Motley Maze, the youngest daughter of a friend and awesome photographer, Ashley Howell Mitchell. She’s the source of the fabulous photos you’ve seen throughout this post! 😉

Babydoll toy for photo shoot
Purchase your custom doll from Little Plain Jane on Instagram.


Motley was born with a birthmark known as a hemangioma, which can sometimes pose a risk to brain development and in her case, could eventually impede her vision. Fortunately, Motley’s prognosis is excellent, she is doing well on her medication and the hemangioma is shrinking. In the meantime, Ashley had this custom baby doll made for Motley, including a matching birthmark. I hope she’ll always remember just how beautiful she has always been!


Use a bicycle as a photo prop during family photo shoot

Bikes and tricyles are great photo props, too!


Sometimes, the best photo ‘prop’ is a sister or brother, complete with coordinating outfits.

Siblings in photo shoot

Sisters in photo shoot


Or snuggled up with a good book…

Photo of sisters reading a book together


For the Holidays

Bring on the toboggans, the Christmas jammies, the cozy blankets and the milk and cookies for Santa! These festive photo props are at the top of my list this year and will look perfect on  holiday cards!

Sisters with milk and cookies for Santa during family photo shoot

Sisters roasting marshmallows with toy campfire photo prop
Get a similar toy campfire here


Want even more ideas? Be sure to check out Part 1 of this family photo props post. What’s your favorite family photo prop? Share your ideas in the comments below!


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Picture Perfect Photo Props for Babies, Toddlers and Big Kids


Unless otherwise noted, lifestyle photos by Ashley Howell Mitchell/Ashley Mitchell Photography. All photos used with permission.


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