My son Kaidan is a very well documented child. When we have a second child I’m sure he or she will not be so fortunate, but there’s just so much “newness” to capture with a first baby (and no additional children to keep up with). During his first year I took a photo of Kaidan each month in (mostly) the same setting. I thought we would just be able to compare his growth from month to month, but I was surprised to see how well his personality development was revealed in the photos:
Here are some tips for capturing each month of your baby’s first year:
- Pick one location and stick with it.Â If you use an elevated surface you’ll eventually need a spotter to help you (thanks, dear:).Â See my tips on simplifying your backgrounds, and try to do a better job than I did at getting the angle and distance from Baby to the camera the same from month to month.
- Have a reference for size.Â Â Think teddy bears, sock monkeys, Sophie the Giraffe, or rattles.Â Something that Baby can interact with is ideal.
- Keep clothing simple.Â A white onesie keeps the focus on baby’s face.Â Just a diaper is cute too; I used two sizes of the sameÂ diaper cover with Kaidan.
I would love to get creative with you and provide a first year photo session package for your little one.
Eugene, OR Photographer