Photographing Your Baby

You had your newborn baby photographed to capture that uniquely special time; now you are realising how quickly your baby is changing already and wondering how you can document all those little changes.

Many photographers offer a series of portrait sessions over a year or more in order to document those special milestones as your baby changes. When booked in advance as part of a ‘plan’ there are often substantial savings to be made and you can be confident that all those ‘firsts’ in your baby’s first year will be documented. Different photographers structure their plans differently so ensure you book with someone who will suit your needs. Look at the photographer’s website to be sure that their style is what you want for your pictures, but don’t be afraid to express your ideas at the shoot too!

We suggest that the ideal ages for milestones are as follows:

At around 4 months old: Once babies reach this age they are more alert and their skin tone has settled down. This is the ideal time to capture those first smiles and expressions. Babies are often quite comfortable with strangers at this age so smiley images of babies lying on their backs as well as some tummy time are a great start.

At around 7 months old: This is the perfect stage to capture them sitting up unaided and document their emerging personality! Babies are a little more wary of strangers at this age so may take a while to warm up but once they are comfortable they are more playful and engaging. Capturing those beautiful round baby eyes looking straight at the camera makes a gorgeous portrait.

At around 1 year old: A special shoot to celebrate their first birthday! A normal portrait session to start with will show off how much they have grown, then maybe on to cake, and a bath to clean up! Babies are often on the move by now so giving them a suitable prop (or cake) can allow for lots of gorgeous pictures. They don’t always know what to do with a whole cake to themselves but they all love a splash in the bath to clean up afterwards!

These ages are only a guide, as the idea is to capture those precious stages, but all babies develop at different rates. Family photos can often be incorporated into the sessions but some photographers may specify at which sessions they like to include those.

Author, Emma Woodgate, E L Woodgate Photography, Tel. 07466 417690

Editor, Helen McClorry, Babies on board Magazine.


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