This baby photographer crochets custom costumes for her newborn shoots

  • Rebecca Groh is a newborn photographer based in Illinois.
  • She crochets custom costumes and props for the babies in her shoots. -She takes us through what a shoot is like and how she preps for them.
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The following is a transcript of the video

Narrator: Baby photography may seem like a niche line of work to go into, but for many families with new babies, getting that precious newborn picture is like a right of passage. It’s like a baby’s first profile picture. This is Rebecca Groh. When she started Stitch & Click Photography, she knew she wanted to make these first pictures extra special. So she decided to include the added element of custom, hand-crocheted costumes for the babies to wear, taking the adorable factor from “pretty cute” to “gaaah!” A lot of Rebecca’s work starts way before a baby even comes in for the shoot. She’s crocheting all the custom props and costumes ahead of time. After all, these crocheted pieces are how the entire business started. She was selling her costumes online to newborn photographers and realised she wanted to do the same but one-up it to make it nerdier and more fun!

Rebecca: Basically, just whatever Mum and Dad nerd the hardest over is what I encourage. I encourage parents to choose whatever it is that makes them the most excited, and I want to give them a tangible reminder of what it was like to introduce their baby to their favourite thing for the very first time.

Narrator: On the day of the shoot, Rebecca asks for a very specific type of baby: tired and hungry. The babies are dressed in their first outfit and fed to keep them calm and content. Then, they hopefully drift off to sleep, and she can start snapping the perfect picture. Once the costumes are on and the camera is set, how the shoot goes is almost entirely up to the baby. Of course, for newborn shoots, safety is the No. 1 priority. So normally, Rebecca enlists the help of Mum and Dad.

Rebecca: I go with their natural proclivities. They kinda tell me what they wanna do, and I adjust therein. I don’t force babies into any positions that they don’t seem comfortable with, and most of my shots do involve Mum and Dad holding the baby in place, and I do photoshop out their hands in post. The baby is always warm, cosy, and supported, so it’s extremely easy to keep them happy and asleep when they’re basically in their parents’ arms, dressed in super warm yarn.

Rebecca: Who are you? Are you Mary Poppins? Where’s your.. What?

Narrator: The most time-consuming part of Rebecca’s prep process is designing the costumes to be as comfy and cosy as possible to ensure the models are content throughout the shoot.

Rebecca: For the most part, I do not have trouble keeping these newborns asleep or getting them to sleep because the costumes that I put them in are not only warm, but they’re also soft and cosy and have a swaddling effect on them that definitely makes them an asset in helping them stay comfortably asleep. They seem to really like them, and it does seem to help keep them very comfortable.

Narrator: The most rewarding part of it all at the end of the day? Finally capturing their smiles on camera.

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