What’s The Best Age For Baby Photos?
The first year of your baby’s life is such a special time. They change and grow so rapidly, and there are lots of little milestones along the way to celebrate. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have thousands of photographs of your baby on your phone capturing these daily and weekly developments.
When it comes to having professional photographs taken of your baby, chances are you can’t afford to have a photo shoot every week to capture every little change. When you invest in a professional photo shoot, you’ll want to be sure that the photographs capture your baby exactly as you see them, so that you can look back in years to come and remember just how little and adorable they were.
So when is the best time during the year to schedule your baby photo shoot?
In this article I’ll explain which times during baby’s first year are the best times for baby photos, and why. So that you can decide when the best time to book a shoot for your baby is. Specifically, we’ll look at these milestones:
- 3-5 months
- 6-10 months
- 11-13 months
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The first two weeks of a baby’s life are the best times to have a newborn photography session. During this time babies are very sleepy and will usually be settled through most of the photo shoot. Many babies often enjoy being curled up int the foetal position they were in in the womb, and this allows the photographer to capture lovely curled up poses, and all of the tiny details that make your baby unique.
After the first two weeks babies have usually started to uncurl, stretch out and are a lot more alert. They’re awake much more but not yet able to move, support their head or do things independently. If you’ve missed the newborn stage I recommend waiting a few months and booking your photo shoot for when your baby is around three months of age when they are becoming more independent.
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By three months babies can usually hold their head steady. Some may even be able to lift themselves up when they’re having tummy time, and all of these characteristics are lovely to capture during a shoot.
At this age we’ll also start to see your baby’s personality emerging, meaning we can capture laughs, smiles, and more serious expressions!
Whilst your baby will be more alert than a newborn at this age, they will tire quickly. For this reason I recommend keeping photo shoots short, and scheduling them for just after a nap so that your baby is refreshed and at their best throughout.
6 – 10 months
Between six and ten months most babies will be able to sit unsupported but aren’t yet crawling. This is one of my favourite times for a session! At this age babies love to interact and engage. They have lots of little personality traits that I can capture, but don’t become frustrated because they want to crawl away.
Similar to younger babies, between 6-10 months babies will still have optimum times for their photo shoot, and I recommend scheduling your shoot to happen when they are well-fed and have recently napped.
Once your baby is confidently sitting up, you could choose an outdoor session instead of one in the studio.
At the end of the year your baby is becoming a toddler, and may even be walking. This is a popular time for a photo shoot – capturing the milestone of them reaching their first birthday.
Once your baby is on the move, sessions can take longer! This is something I recommend you consider when choosing the location for your baby’s photo shoot.
If your baby is confidently walking, I recommend choosing a studio photo shoot over an outdoor one; once a baby can walk (and run), they will naturally want to explore their surroundings – in a studio the space to explore will be limited, but outdoors it can be difficult to keep a baby focussed on the camera, especially if they are very independent and have a large area to explore.
Over to you
As you can see there are lots of milestones that you can capture during the first year of your baby’s life, and some times that are better than others for a photo shoot.
Some families choose to capture a few different milestones during the year with professional photographs. For others, having photographs from one particular point in the year gives them precious memories to look back upon.
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