Last week, I received a baby announcement for a baby born the week prior. No lie. even much more shocking, that little lady was born 5 WEEKS EARLY, so its not as if she was living in there an extra ten days and mommy got bored enough to pick out announcements and address envelopes.

If you haven’t gotten around to it already, find a cute picture of the littlest member of your family and send out birth announcements.

From Anne at Sassy baby Designs, here are a few suggestions for finding your “inner Anne Geddes” and getting a terrific announcement-worthy photo:

Go to the craft store and purchase a yard or two of black velvet. It is an easy and economical backdrop – no sewing needed.

Make sure the baby (and you) are rested, fed and watered. everything goes smoothly with a pleased baby and mommy. A sleeping baby is much more client than an awake baby and the photos are great.

Dress your baby in neutral colors, but naked babies are always precious.

Turn off the flash and place your baby by a window. natural light makes for a stunning photo.

Here are a few different options for showcasing the picture:

To save money, we made our announcements using striped card stock and our printer.

To save time, for baby #2, I’m wishing to purchase these announcements from Sassy baby designs when I can find a minute to do it.

To split the difference, photo sites like Ofoto are somewhere in the middle for both ease and price.

The film poster-style announcement above is available to purchase from with your baby’s picture and important stats. Hella cute.

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