In your baby’s first year, it seems like they’re learning a precious new skill every day or taking on a new piece of their personality. When you see your baby hit an important milestone, you think you’ll remember that special moment forever, but there are a lot of those special moments and it isn’t long before the memories start to fade. That’s why milestone photography is so incredibly precious.
Milestone photography involves taking custom portraits at several notable ages and milestones in your baby’s first year so you can look back on those beloved memories at any time. Here’s the question on every new parent’s mind, though: how often (and when) should you take milestone portraits? Every family can decide for themselves, but there’s a particular schedule I recommend to chronicle the story of your baby’s first year.
Technically, newborn portraits are in a category of their own - they’re not really considered to be milestone sessions. It’s worth mentioning, though, because your baby’s newborn session is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. It makes your baby’s other milestone sessions that much more special because you can look back and see how tiny they were in their first days. If you do miss out on newborn portraits, though, we can take portraits at three months old when your baby is still so precious and tiny.
Sitter Session Portraits
In milestone photography, the sitter session is a fantastic session that no parent should miss. This is called a sitter session because we take these photos when your baby can sit up on their own but isn’t doing much crawling yet - usually between 6 and 9 months, although each child reaches this milestone on their own timeline.
That “sweet spot” between sitting and crawling gives us a chance to take fabulous portraits of your baby before they reach the point when they’re moving all over the place and exploring everything in the room (in other words, before we have to chase them around to get them to stay in front of the camera). This is always a fun session for parents because we’re starting to see a little more of your child’s one-of-a-kind personality.
First Birthday Portraits
Of all the milestone portraits, one-year portraits have to be the most notable of all. After all, your baby is celebrating their first birthday after an incredible year of growing and changing! At this session, we aim to capture their budding personality as well as those sweet baby details that will soon be replaced with toddler features. We’ll create customized, timeless portraits that you’ll treasure more with each passing year. And yes, if you’d like, we can do a cake smash as part of this milestone session too!
Milestone Sessions in Toddlerhood and Beyond
Milestone sessions don’t have to end with your baby’s first birthday! In fact, many families make it a tradition to take portraits every year so they have a fantastic showing of their family’s story and of how their kids are growing from year to year.
Booking Your Milestone Portraits
Your baby’s first year only happens once, and you don’t want to miss out on a moment. Milestone portraits can help you preserve these memories forever. Want to make it easy on yourself? Contact Samantha Wilson Photography in Bucks County, PA and I can help you schedule all your baby’s milestone sessions in advance.