Not sure what is the best age to photograph your baby during the first year?
I often get asked about the “best” age to photograph a baby session. This is like asking me, what is the best age to take our kids to Disney World. And if you know me at all, and you know my love of Disney, you know the answer to the second question is the same as the first. Any age is the best age! When you come into my Charlottesville studio, you are booking a session to capture memories of that moment, whatever that moment may be (see- same thought with Disney). And each age brings special joy and memories to keep!
Let’s chat about the first year in photos and what makes them so wonderful.
We all know the joys of a newborn session, so I won’t use this particular blog post to cover things like, they change so incredibly fast or time is fleeting, etc. Let’s just jump ahead to 3-month sessions. At 3 months, your newborn baby is just starting to show some of its precious personality. Smiles come just a bit easier. They have found their feet and their hands. They can make beautiful eye contact.
At 6 months old, your little one is probably sitting unassisted for a few seconds. This adds some wonderful variety to your session. They are usually very free with their smiles but can sit still long enough to get those beautiful photos.
At 9 months, while many babies are just starting to show hints of stranger anxiety, once warmed up, they are so full of belly laughs and big smiles. Teeth have definitely started to arrive and we will see lots of them with those big gummy smiles. And drool, there is so much drool! They are just learning to stand up and hold on to things. This adds more variety to their sessions.
At 12 months, it’s time to celebrate! What a milestone! And how much growth have these sweet babies undergone in the last year? They never grow as much as they do that first year, aren’t you glad you caught it all on camera? Most of our littles are showing signs of walking (or attempting). They have some words and can clap and smile and are such a joy to capture.