A question we get asked a lot here at Kingshill Studios is “When is a good time to have professional baby photos taken?”.
To answer that, in this article we’re going to share with you the key milestones in your baby’s first year. Typically, these are the most popular times for parents to hire a photographer to have baby photos taken.
How often should you photograph your baby?
Since your baby changes so much in their first twelve months, we highly recommend that you document their growth and development daily by taking snapshots on your phone or camera, as well have professional photos taken throughout the year.
Why? Well, baby photos taken by a professional photographer will be done to a standard that far exceeds what you’re going to be able to create at home. The images will be of a quality that you’ll proudly want to display as works of art on your walls at home, and they are a keepsake of an incredibly special time for your family.
Key milestones in a baby’s first year
These are the four major stages in a baby’s first year and when you may want to consider hiring a professional family photographer to take your little one’s portrait.
1) NEWBORN STAGE: SLEEPING BABY PHOTOS
When you become a parent, whether for the first time or the fourth, it’s a hugely exciting and special occasion. You’ll likely want to preserve that moment in professional photographs.
Our specialist newborn photography service is perfect for you if you’re after baby photos that capture the gorgeous just-born stage.
Newborn photos are best done when your baby is days or weeks old. At that stage, they are still very sleepy and curled up in the foetal position. Because of this, we can capture those adorable sleeping baby photos that you’ll have seen in our newborn gallery.
We also may be able to photograph your newborn awake, which is also lovely! Not all babies sleep through their newborn session and it’s certainly not a problem if yours doesn’t.
Related reading: How to choose your newborn photographer
2) 3 MONTHS OLD: TUMMY TIME
At a few months old, your baby has changed significantly from the newborn stage! They will have lost the curled-up shape they had as a newborn and grown a lot. They are spending more time awake and will be smiling back at you.
Their latest trick may also be ‘tummy time’ which is the precursor to crawling. This is a lovely stage to capture in photographs.
At three months old, your baby’s personality begins to shine through. They start to become so much more aware of the world around them. Thankfully for you, they may also be sleeping for longer between night feeds!
3) 7-10 MONTHS OLD: LITTLE SITTERS
Our Little Sitters sessions are incredibly popular with parents who are keen to capture the moment their baby can sit up by themselves. This is a huge milestone for your baby!
Best suited to babies aged between 7 and 10 months, these are cute, simply styled shoots for babies.
By this stage, they’ll be smiling and giggling and curious about everything! So, these sessions are always lots of fun and are a great way of getting images of your baby which are packed with personality.
4) FIRST BIRTHDAY: CAKE SMASH PORTRAIT SESSIONS
When it comes to the time of your baby’s first birthday, your baby is probably crawling and perhaps even taking their first steps. It’s a big event in your baby’s life and one that many parents want to capture in photographs.
Our cake smash sessions provide an opportunity for them to celebrate their birthday with their very own birthday cake and are great fun for your little one.
No matter if they make a mess – that’s the whole idea! The photos of them playing and tucking into their cake is brilliant to look back on!
There’s also a bath splash opportunity included in the session. So, don’t worry mums and dads - they’ll be all clean and sparkly again by the time you leave the studio! We clear up all the mess and you get to take what remains of the birthday cake home to enjoy.
Aberdeen Baby photography services
As you’ll now know, there are many changes during your baby’s first year and therefore several key milestones that you may want to capture in photographs.
As a specialist baby and family photography studio here in Aberdeen, this is what we help parents with day in day out. We love photographing children of all ages and would love to meet yours!
Our many satisfied clients agree with us that professional baby photos are well worth the investment. They are an adorable record of your little one’s growth and development, providing lasting memories which will make you smile every time you look at them.
When to photograph your baby
Knowing when to photograph your baby is important because you’ll need to book in for your session in advance, sometimes months in advance.
Our tip would be to book early to ensure that your chosen photographer is available at the time your baby hits these important milestones.
We urge clients to book months in advance if possible. For newborn portrait sessions, please book around the time of your 20-week pregnancy scan.
Interested in booking your baby in for a photoshoot with us?
If you’d like to enquire about a photoshoot for your baby, get in touch. We hope to see you and your little one in the studio very soon!