One of the most common questions I get is “What age should I have my baby photographed at?” Back when I had my son in 2005, I had it in my head that I needed to have photos done at the 1/4 mark points throughout his first year. You know, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months! While I love having all of those portraits of him, I realized the next time around with our daughter, I wanted to capture her more at her various milestones versus her monthly age as that was when she really seemed to change the most between stages.
We all know that every baby does things at a different age and when they’re ready. Therefore, doing it this way seemed SO much easier because I wasn’t stressing over whether or not she could hold her head up, or smile, or sit up, etc! I have found the same to be true with clients. When we go by the milestone the baby is at (sitting, standing, walking) then we have so many more options when it comes to the variety of setups and poses we can capture!
Here is my recommended timeline for your baby’s first year portraits, and ironically enough, these work out to be roughly around the same time as the 1/4 year increments that so many of us want to capture at, give or take a few weeks most of the time. 🙂
- Newborn (under 2 weeks)
- Smiling/Holding head up (roughly around 4 months)
- Sitting (roughly around 6-7 months)
- Standing (roughly between 9-12 months)
- Walking/Running! (between 12-18 months)
All of our baby plans also are built around this idea as well. All of our baby plan sessions are recommended to be done at these developmental stages as well. We also typically go well into the first year and capture the time around 18 months as there is so much change from the time they just turn one until when they are a full blown toddler!
We hope this helps you when trying to decide when to have your baby’s portraits done throughout their first year!