San Diego Newborn Photography – 6 Places to Shop Before Your Session

San Diego newborn photography example

Getting everything in order for your San Diego Newborn Photography session? Don’t remodel the nursery on our account :) Of course, a tidied up room will photograph a bit better than one that’s in its natural state. But even if the room is cluttered, we can photograph around it. We understand that you as new parents have a lot going on! When we photograph, we have creative ways of making San Diego newborn photography sessions look amazing. Even if there is a bit of chaos that comes with having a newborn in the house!

Though there’s no need to overprepare, some couples find they want to shop for an item or two prior to the newborn shoot. This is purely optional, but if you fall into this category, we have a few recommendations for you. These resources will help add that extra unique touch to your San Diego newborn photography session. There are ideas at all different budgets and price points, so there may be something for everyone. Even if you don’t shop at these places before your newborn portrait session, we hope you find these ideas helpful!

Little Love

This consignment shop is located in Downtown La Jolla, on Torrey Pines Road. Because of its location, and the curated collection by its owner you are virtually guaranteed to find high-end baby and children’s clothing. Once nice thing is that the store has Saturday hours, which is ideal for working parents. If you are looking for a designer outfit for your newborn photo shoot without breaking the bank, this may be the way to go.

Contact info:

Website: Little Love San Diego
Address: 1110 Torrey Pines Road, Suite M
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: (858) 230-6857


newborn custom name swaddle
We all know Etsy has an assortment of quaint and modern baby products. Many of these items are handcrafted or produced with very high quality. You can easily spend hours browsing through the customizable baby clothes, toys, and wall decorations. One of our favorite items is this personalized swaddle blanket. This blanket comes custom printed with baby’s first name in a charming repeating pattern. You can pair it with a matching bow headband or knotted hat, which is beyond adorable. Also, the item has over 2700 5-star ratings, so you know there have been many happy customers!

To order: Etsy


If the walls of the nursery are a little unadorned, consider adding framed prints from This website features a big selection of bright and whimsical prints. There are choices consisting of animals, shapes, alphabet letters, abstract patterns, and many more. Best of all? These prints are designed by independent artists, giving them a lovingly crafted appeal. There is something for every color scheme, with prints also suitable for bigger kids once your baby grows.

Of course, after the San Diego newborn photo shoot, you will have the option to order framed prints of your newborn photos. So save some wall space for this! But for the shoot itself, it is nice to have fun and engaging colors around the nursery room. It gives an extra level of detail and visual interest to the resulting photos. So give these prints a look!

To Order:


IKEA Newborn toyEveryone knows IKEA. But did you know that this store carries a small selection of plush newborn toys? These plush animals and other toys are charming and brightly colored. For example, there is a squeaky toy of furry animal (badger or hedgehog?) holding a strawberry. It is extremely cute and cuddly and would make an adorable addition to a newborn photo shoot. If you have something like this on hand during the newborn session, we will make use of it. For example, we may ask you to place the stuffed animal in the crib next to your baby. When we photograph, this will show scale and proportion, giving a sense of how tiny your newborn is. It will also give nice variety to the photos.

To Order: Your local IKEA location or the IKEA website


This one is for fun, but did you know that Gucci makes a newborn hat? It is called the Baby GG pattern wool hat and it is for the newborn who has everything. It comes in three color variations and features the recognizable Gucci logo in a subtle repeating pattern. If your newborn is destined to be a business tycoon, rap icon, or movie star, then this is the hat for them. Oh, and did we mention it is $95? You must really want to impress your newborn if you spring for this hat.

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These are just a few ideas of where to shop when getting ready for your San Diego Newborn photography session. Of course, it is not mandatory to shop at all before a newborn photo shoot. The most important thing is that you and your newborn be there, ready to be photographed. Our creative photographers will take care of the rest. But if you wanted to shop for an item or two prior to the shoot, we hope we have provided some helpful inspiration.

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