I am sure you have seen the famous fruit bath pictures all over Pinterest before! It’s the perfect photoshoot to celebrate any milestone, and babies will just LOVE it as a sensory activity. Today I will show you how easy it is to setup your own “do it yourself fruit bath photoshoot”.
You will need:
- Any kind of tub, inflatable pool or bucket or if you are blessed with a stunning farmer sink even better!
- A neutral coloured sheet (If your tub, like mine, is not instagram worthy)
- Fruits/fowers that float.
- Milk if want the milky look
Important to note before you start!! Attempt this photoshoot with safety in mind, from beginning to end! Water and babies should ALWAYS be watched! NEVER take your eyes of of your baby. Its easy to get distracted by pictures on your phone, siblings participating and styling your setup. Best to have your partner involved!
Setting up your tub
There are so many ways to set up your fruit bath! The easiest would be if you have a beautiful sink all ready for you to use or a beautiful/vintage tub that you can take outside. (Take note of your background for unnecessary and distracting objects and remember to check for the best lighting).
If you don’t have a pretty tub and you’re using a plain and boring plastic container (like me), use a neutral colour sheet to hide it! have look at my setup in the pictures below.
The depth of the water will depend on your baby. For babies who can’t sit or roll over yet its advisable to keep the water as shallow as possible. Perhaps just reaching the ears when lying down. For bigger babies who would prefer sitting upright (like Luca) you can add a bit more water, but always keep in mind of what your baby is capable of.
Use warm water! The last thing you want is your baby screaming because they are cold! Do note that some fruits won’t float! tried and tested ones are: Apples, strawberries, citrus and watermelon!
What makes this shoot so amazing is that you can make it your own! Anything goes! From watermelon, citrus fruits to choc chip cookies and any beautiful flower you can lay your hands on! have a look at the few setups I have done below. For a cloudy/milky look you can ad milk or even get creative with food colouring! I’ve compiled a Pinterest board with loads of ideas for you here: https://za.pinterest.com/karoelien/fruitbath-inspo/
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Remember Rule 4 from my previous blog post? THIS is your time to shine and capture a STORY! your baby should make this relative easy for you by interacting with the fruits! Try and capture the faces they pull when munching away on lemons or focus on the tiny little fists hanging on to watermelon chunks!
This is a great shoot to get creative with angles. If you have stunning tub to show off and a beautiful background, take a front view, then start to zoom in closer focusing on the smaller details. I like to start at the top and work my way down: face, hands feet… To capture the pretty colours of your fruit try a top view!
I would LOVE to see your fruit bath pictures! Please tag me in your best Instagram shots! In the meantime have look at my I phone attempts, for the pictures with a professional camera click here!