December 04, 2020 8 min read
Alexa, play Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Staron repeat. We’ve got some great things happening, and it calls for some calming tunes!
Ever wonder how moms get those adorable milestone photos that give you tingles (or dare I say, baby fever?!). When I was first learning, I have to admit, it wasn’t pretty. I made tons of mistakes, like when all of Mr. H’s 2 month pictures were so dark you’d have thought I took them in a closet, or that time I fed him pureed carrots right before I wanted to take his 6 month pics. (Surprise, surprise, that didn’t end well.)
After doing monthly pics with two kids, I’ve learned a trick or two, or ten. Mistakes aside, one of the sweetest things to come from all of our less-than-perfect sessions, is flipping through photos with the boys. They downright LOVE to see themselves as babies, and to ask all sorts of questions about what they were doing. And I LOVE that those moments from years past are still finding their way into our present.
But let’s be honest. Getting the perfect shot is tough! That’s why professional photographers exist, who are trained in lighting, posing, safety, etc. You know what totally rocks about making milestone photo props though? I get to see those pros in action AND I get to see what the everyday, normal Nancy, mom-tog is doing. Let’s take some baby steps together so you can start creating beautiful milestone memories with your little one.
(Disclaimer – I am not a photographer, I’m just a mama who has had made milestone props for many, many baby shoots and who occasionally gets to peek in on them.)
Long term, we want you to have enjoyable experiences with your babe, and a boatload of beautiful pictures to remember them. So to do that…
Short term, we need to get you through the photo shoot with your sanity intact. With that in mind…
Are you one of those people who shops without a grocery list? Virtual high-five to you if you are! Rounding up some supplies you might need can help your sessions go more smoothly. Here are some of my favorites:
Do you remember getting your picture taken at school, and those giant lights they had that looked like umbrellas? I sure do remember being a deer in those headlights. In lieu of artificial lights, here are tips for at-home lighting.
You know what no one tells you about baby pictures? That you need a plan in order to get the shot you want! Seriously, it’s better this way. What absolutely melts your heart when you see a milestone photo – is the baby sleeping, swaddled, or wide awake and smiling? Here are a few tried-and-true methods to get what your heart desires, depending on the age of your little one:
(*Please keep in mind these groups are broad estimates; however old your babe, and whatever their development, they are exactly where they need to be.)
(There are countless ways to wrap a baby, so assuming you’ve got that part covered, let’s trudge onward!)
Quick tip – wrap baby in one stretchy wrap that will be your base layer; if you want to different setups with different colors or textures, a second wrap can be added or changed (usually without baby being any-the-wiser).
Can you hear that? It’s the beautiful sound of a squealing mama getting ready to snap a milestone picture! Ok, it’s probably a muffled squeal with a happy dance, she wouldn’t want to wake her babe! Are you ready?!
It’s time for a toast! Cheers to the beautiful pictures you just took! *clink*And cheers to the connection and memories you just made! *double clink*
Is there something still stopping you from creating milestone memories with your babe? Don’t have a photographer’s eye? Lack of time? Didn’t do them with your first? I missed out on so many shots when our boys were young, and that’s time we won’t get back. But the good news is that the milestones keep on coming! And thanks to the support of a few photographer friends, and a community of new mamas experimenting with their own cameras, the sky’s now the limit. If you have any questions, head to our contact page and send us a message, we’d love to help you connect with your wee one.
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