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San Antonio Maternity and Newborn Photographer – Tips on how to set up a milk bath

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3 tips for photographing your own milk bath:

It’s no surprise that my all time favorite subject to photograph is my daughters. At the start of every month I take pictures of my youngest to photograph her monthly milestones. July’s theme was to photograph her in the morning, just after waking up & when she is just so so happy. Afterwards we moved down to our kitchen for milk baths.

Top 3 tips I have for photographing milk baths of your own little ones would be

  1. Make sure your child doesn’t mind laying their head down in the water. We had to practice this with my older two girls for a few months before they were comfortable laying their heads down half way under water & not screaming their heads off. Don’t worry, you’re not alone if your child doesn’t like being under water. It takes time, so don’t rush it & be patient.
  2. You can use milk jugs mixed in with water or you can use powder milk. If you are using something small like a farm house sink or ceramic bowl, you can definitely get away with a gallon or two of fresh milk. I actually used two bottles of breast milk that I had had in the fridge for 3 days and was no longer good to feed to the baby. However, if you’re using a regular size tub, powdered milk is the way to go. Just 1 box should be plenty to give you that creamy white color you’re looking for.
  3. Lastly, USE FRESH FLOWERS. It makes all the difference! Spend 10 dollars at the grocery store for a few different varieties of flowers & place them in the shallow water just before you start to photograph. For this shoot I bought a dozen roses; I only used 3 of them full & I took the petals and leaves off another and placed them in the sink. I also bought some of the smaller white flowers since I was going for that classic, vintage vibe.

I LOVE how they came out!!! Priceless images I’ll have of my daughters at this very moment. Hope you enjoy, get inspired to try it yourself and let me know how it goes! 🙂