7 Pumpkin-Perfect Thanksgiving Baby Photoshoot Ideas

Thanksgiving is always a time to be grateful. But add a new baby to the mix and there’s even more to be thankful for.

As you look back on this year’s blessings, why not capture the moment with a Thanksgiving baby photoshoot that will help you remember how special this first Thanksgiving with your little one is? Just like so many people do for Halloween, you can set the stage for adorable Thanksgiving baby pictures to share on your Instagram and cherish forever.

The Importance of Baby's First Thanksgiving

The holiday season is a time to focus on family and being together—and it all kicks off with Thanksgiving weekend.

For your baby’s first Thanksgiving, you’ll want to come up with ways to make it memorable. If you need some inspiration, check out this article, which is loaded with ideas to create lasting memories, from starting a new tradition to creating a keepsake. And remember that these bonding moments that you create with your baby are fun, but they’re also so much more: A 2021 study published by the National Library of Medicine shows that mother-child bonding in infancy sets the stage for the development of healthy social skills in preschool and beyond.

As families gather together, be sure to prioritize your little one’s comfort and make sure they have a safe, secure place to get rest. For naps and bedtimes at home, the MamaRoo Sleep® Bassinet can help your baby get the uninterrupted sleep they need throughout the hubbub of Thanksgiving weekend and the rest of the holiday season.

Need a safe space for your baby if you’re traveling? When visiting relatives over the holidays, be sure to pack the Breeze® Plus Playard with bassinet and changer to provide an all-in-one care station for your baby when you’re away from home. It opens and closes with a single motion and is the only baby playard that provides a true one-handed set-up.

Capturing Thanksgiving Baby Pictures

If you’ve got questions about the best time and place to take pictures of your baby, the short answer is—anytime you spy your baby in a moment you want to remember! But for really frame-worthy moments, the following questions and answers will help you capture awww-inducing Thanksgiving baby pictures:

When Should You Do a Baby Photo Shoot?

Little babies don’t smile on cue and they lack the patience and attention for a formal baby Thanksgiving photoshoot. As you’re setting up your shot, plan it around your baby’s routine—after they’ve eaten but before it’s time to sleep is often the best time to catch your little one in a happy mood.

How Do You Take Thanksgiving Pictures?

Once you’ve decided when to take Thanksgiving baby pictures, you need to decide where to take your photos. If you envision an outdoor shot with fall scenery, keep in mind that taking pictures outdoors introduces a number of challenging variables that could be uncomfortable for your baby, like wind, cold temperatures, or sunlight shining in their eyes. Read this article for tips on how to keep your baby cozy when it’s chilly outside.

Regardless of whether you have the Thanksgiving baby photoshoot indoors or out, professional photographers often cite the Golden Hour—the last hour before sunset and the first hour after sunrise—as the best time to capture a moment, when natural light is softer and less harsh than other times of day.

For the best photo, a few cute props can make all the difference—think pumpkins and squash, a funny Thanksgiving hat or diaper cover, or a blanket in autumnal hues—and for a touch of whimsy, add simple accessories like headbands, hats, or tiny shoes.

What Should I Wear to a Baby Photo Shoot?

For the most natural-looking photos, choose clothing that’s soft and comfortable so your baby isn’t irritated by stiff or itchy fabrics. Some families opt for matching outfits for their Thanksgiving baby photoshoot, while others choose a coordinated color palette of three to four different hues that work together.

7 Unique Thanksgiving Baby Photoshoot Ideas

Now that we’ve answered all the hard questions it’s time for the fun part: coming up with creative baby's first Thanksgiving photo ideas. From outdoor autumn-themed shots to cozy indoor settings, we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite Thanksgiving baby picture ideas below.

  1. Feathered Friend: Pose your baby with some decorative turkey feathers or a plush turkey stuffie.
  2. Bundle of Corn: Swaddle your baby in a maize-colored blanket and put a small golden headband on their head.
  3. Baby's First Pie: Create a sweet baking scene by posing your little pumpkin in a teeny chef’s hat next to a mini pumpkin pie.
  4. A Cornucopia of Cuteness: Place your baby inside a cornucopia filled with plush fruits and veggies. Be sure to make the space cozy and soft so baby is comfortable. 
  5. Sweet Potato Snuggles: Wrap your baby in an orange blanket and nestle them in a bed of decorative sweet potatoes.
  6. Grateful Gaze: Set your baby next to a board or sign listing things they're "grateful for," like milk, cuddles, and naptime.
  7. Harvest Basket Baby: Place your baby in a rustic basket, surrounded by harvest items like pumpkins, apples, and corn.

Make it a Thanksgiving to Remember

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to stop and take a minute to give thanks—and with a Thanksgiving baby photoshoot you can immortalize this joyful “first” with your baby so you’ll always remember this happy moment in time.

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