Baby's Firsts: 9 Milestones and How to Photograph Them
Once you welcome a baby, you will celebrate first coos, first spit up, and first steps like a crazed football fan cheering a touchdown. Here are some great firsts you won't want to miss and some creative ways to photograph them.
The first smile is the holy grail of photo ops. And if you miss the first one, don’t worry—there’ll be more. If you notice your baby is in a smiley mood, lay her down on a blanket and stand overhead with the camera. If you’re lucky, softly stroking your baby’s cheeks might induce a smile.
After the first smile, baby’s first steps is probably the most anticipated photo of the year. I love a good close-up shot of chubby walking legs. And don’t forget to photograph the other angles—a shot from behind baby, capturing mom or dad’s open arms and proud smile.
First seasons are always fun opportunities to capture your baby taking in the environment changes. I love this photo of my daughter’s first experience with fall leaves. When new seasons arrive, aim to capture a timeless photo of your baby surrounded by the elements of that season.
First Sports Season
Dads aren’t to be left out when it comes to memorable firsts. When a baby enters the world, that’s one more fan to cheer for your favorite team. Celebrate your child’s inauguration into celebrating their first sports season by taking a photo of your baby wearing your favorite team jersey.
Can’t wait until your baby’s old enough to join you on the golf course or catch a wave on your surf board? Whatever your hobby is, that moment of introducing your new child to your favorite pastime is one to be captured. Even if they’re barely big enough to balance on that surf board.
As parents, we can’t wait to show our babies our favorite places. Besides the traditional photo of mom-holding-baby-next-to-landmark, try something a little more creative. For my daughter’s first trip to the beach, I took an overhead photo of me holding her with the foamy tide beneath us.
For your baby’s first traveling experience, you will find many great photo opportunities. To memorialize your child’s first trip, include objects in your photos that represent your destination such as this postcard my daughter entertained herself with on our first trip to the big city.
First solid foods always make fun photos—the mess, the sour faces! Make both the experience and the photos a little more special by including an older sibling. Move the feeding chair to a window with good light and add a colorful bib to give the photos a bit more interest.
If your child is attending a class for the first time (ballet, gymnastics, art, karate), arrive a little early to get good photos or ask the teacher if you can have a couple minutes in the middle of class to get front and center for the perfect shot. Think creatively for composition—a profile shot makes a beautiful photo.
Kelle Hampton is a mom, photographer, blogger, and author who lives in sunny Florida. To learn more about her, visit Enjoying the Small Things.
We've all been there. The scene and outfit are perfect, but your child won't look at the camera or he squints and flashes a forced grin. Relax! Wave your magic wand and follow these tips for taking great pics regardless of your child's mood.view gallery
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