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Baby First Year Photography Tips

Baby First Year Photography Tips

Children develop so fast during the first year of life and documenting these developmental changes is so important. Typically these monumental changes take place about every 3-4 months and the window of opportunity closes fast. So simply mark your calendar and be ready to be amazed!

Remember to work around the child’s schedule and don’t overload yourself with creative concepts or ideas. Keep things simple and clutter free. Stay focused! The important thing is to record the moment.

0-3 Months

Aside from being an exciting new member to the family, newborns are a joy to photograph. The key ideas to keep in mind are newborns don’t move around much. Posing and keeping them comfortable is critical to having a successful session. The major milestone to capture at this age is them holding up their head.

There are many ways to approach recording their moment to shine. Of course you can simply place the baby down with a soft blanket placed rolled underneath them, but consider covering a parent with a blanket and having them hold their child–especially good if the child is fussy or gassy.

4-6 Months

Probably the most fun you will ever have taking children portraits. During this time children are able to sit up and push up from their tummies. You have to be quick but your options for posing and prop selection increases. Consider having the child sit in a nice chair or add a small bouquet of flowers.

7-9 Months


At this stage things can become a bit more challenging. Some key things to keep in mind are little ones at this age are drool monsters and really like to have their hands in the mouth. Teething is not fun and some children begin to feel separation anxiety even with parents at arms length. So be patient, keep drool towels around and have multiple outfit changes on hand. The window of opportunity for photographing a comfortable non drooling 7-9 month old will open and close in an instant, so be ready and sensitive to their needs.

Children at this age are standing while holding onto something and capturing those chunky little legs is a treat. Consider taking off the shoes and showing off their round little toes.

10-12 Months

At this age they really want to interact and explore their environment, so be creative and have them interact with your setting. It’s OK if the child isn’t looking at the camera capture them doing what they do and their personality will shine through. By this time they are probably standing mostly on their own. A great theme to consider is the birthday party. The one year party is a huge milestone. Strip the baby down and use a cupcake or small cake to stage the classic cake in face photograph. Of course wait until the end of a session because things can go from fun to wild–have plenty of wipes and rags at the ready.

These are just a few ideas you can take with you when trying to decide on what kind of photograph to capture. Capturing each of these milestones will help you to choose the perfect image for a photo into painting.

Remember to have fun, stay focused and share your experiences below. What is your favorite type of baby photograph?

Have a look at Digital Photography School‘s blog for some great general photography tips, info and to see some examples of photographing newborns and children.

5 Responses to “Baby First Year Photography Tips”

  1. Sheridan Hardister says:

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  3. Orlando Verdin says:

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  4. Tyson F. Gautreaux says:

    Thanks for taking the time to chat on the subject of child care as well as children’s requirements.

  5. SaraGreenwich says:

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