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. You could easily have a number of photo sessions during this year and have lots of very different photographs, but there are certain times of the year that are better than others. In this post I’ll explain which times during baby’s first year are the best times for baby photos.
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, laugh and smile. 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 I recommend we spend the majority of the session at your home. That way your baby can still feed, sleep and have nappy changes as needed. If you have older children then I’ll suggest we split the time between home and a nearby green space. This way the rest of their family can stretch their legs and have some fun after some photographs at home.
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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.
At this age we could have the photo shoot at home or outdoors, or divide the time between both. Again what works best for you will depend on your family, and it’s something we can chat about during your pre-session consultation.
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. By this age we can be quite flexible about the location of the session, and I’ll work with you to schedule it around naps and meals.
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. You can read more about how my newborn sessions work here, and about how sessions for older babies work here.