Category: Photography

Photographing Your Child’s First Year | Part VII: 12 Months + Cake Smash

This is the final part of a seven part series on photographing your child’s first year. This series is meant to be a guideline and give you suggestions. Keep your child’s safety a top priority throughout any photo session.

I hope something within this series was useful to you as a new idea, or a reminder of a few things to try. I welcome feedback in the way of comments or an email if you have any specific questions. The first year of your baby’s life is an amazing one. I never understood it as much as I do now, with a son almost two the days get even more exciting (and exhausting, I won’t lie!). It’s time for the final piece to the puzzle… 12 months!

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Photographing Your Child’s First Year | Part VI: 10-11 Months

This is the sixth part of a seven-part series on photographing your child’s first year. This series is meant to be a guideline and give you suggestions. Keep your child’s safety a top priority throughout any photo session.

They are almost a year old, but not quite yet. A little more baby time left in them before they start to go full force into the world walking and talking. This is another lesser paid attention time since everyone is anticipating the first birthday. Don’t forget these months, there still is a lot that will change in the following weeks!

It’s Tub-time!
Prior to this month, it might have been difficult for your baby to sit in the tub without needing to be on guard the whole time. Now, they might be sitting or crawling around happily playing with bubbles and toys. This is the time to capture those sweet bath-time moments. Just make sure not to share any private parts.

Getting down low helps you to capture their enjoyment, minus anything you don’t want to show others.

Go to the playground.
If your little one is adventurous, this the time to take them to the park and snag those moments. Climbing up stairs, sliding down the slide, or swinging in baby swings is just right for this age. They can hold themselves up, so you can back away a little to give them space to explore.
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Photographing Your Child’s First Year | Part V: 8-9 Months

This is the fifth part of a seven-part series on photographing your child’s first year. This series is meant to be a guideline and give you suggestions. Keep your child’s safety a top priority throughout any photo session.

Ah, the eighth and ninth months seem to go by without much fanfare. What’s wonderful about these months is your baby’s strength and personality. I’m going to keep this post simple since there isn’t a whole lot of change from the past few months in regards to what you want to capture.

Remember from the last post:

  • Use a faster shutter speed.
  • Get down low.
  • Look into their eyes.
  • Capture their reactions.

Play dress-up or with Characters.
These months are fun to dress them up and do a little experimenting with characters. My husband loves Superman, so it only seemed right to pretend Monkey was Clark Kent for a little while after his holiday photo session.

Get them to look away.
Previously in the series, I suggested you look straight into their eyes and deep into their soul. During these months, they’ll be bored with looking at you and instead interested in the world around them. Grab some images of them looking off camera as a formal portrait or two. Continue reading…

Photographing Your Child’s First Year | Part IV: 6-7 Months

This is the fourth part of a seven-part series on photographing your child’s first year. This series is meant to be a guideline and give you suggestions. Keep your child’s safety a top priority throughout any photo session.

Oh man, the six month mark! We’ve made it half a year already and we’re still going full steam ahead. These next few months are going to change your lives, even more than the first month. Now we’re introduced to quite a bit more mobile movement… possibly crawling, pulling up, or rolling themselves across the floor. By this time, they aren’t interested in cruising along in the baby seat for long. They want to be up, out, playing, movin’ and a shakin’.

Faster Shutter Speed.
This month is super fun. It also adds a bit more challenge to the past six months of photo-taking-craziness. They aren’t going to sit still for long, especially in new surroundings!

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Photographing Your Child’s First Year | Part III: 4-5 Months

This is the third part of a seven part series on photographing your child’s first year. This series is meant to be a guideline and give you suggestions. Keep your child’s safety a top priority throughout any photo session.

A lot of exciting things are starting to happen the fourth and fifth months of your baby’s life. They are much stronger, awake more often, and may be even starting to eat solid foods. Around the fourth month, you may be experimenting with one food at a time, and by the end of the fifth month they are eating multiple items and mixing them together! It’s an exciting time, so make sure not to miss a moment as the days pass by.

You can continue to use some tactics from the second and third month post, but you’ll have a little more freedom as they grow.

Try new places.
Previously, we thought about shooting your little one on the floor. Since they were quite a bit unsteady and not in love with hard surfaces, pillows and blankets were a must. Continue reading…