A Baby Photo a Month
How about a New Year's resolution this year that leaves you with a wonderful photo journey through a year in your baby's life? Taking at least one photo a month can capture your amazing baby's growth and development! Grab that camera and let's go!
“You can get great photos with party hats and other New Year’s Eve gear,” suggests Nicole Braun, a photographer in New York. “It’s also cute to get a photo of the little one passed out at midnight.” January brings weather changes that add variety to childhood photos. Kelli Estes, a mom from Woodinville, Wash., took advantage of snow days for photo ops. “I bundled the baby up into warm clothes so all I could see was his little face and took him outside,” Estes says. “[He was] adorable with pink cheeks and nose!”
Of course February is about love. “On
Valentine’s Day I bought my son a shiny red Mylar heart-shaped balloon and tied it to his ankle,” Estes says. “As he kicked, the balloon would bob over him and he’d squeal in delight.”
In parts of the country, March gives us peeks of the spring that is to come. We begin venturing outside again, which is a great time to capture your baby or toddler exploring new territory.
Braun’s suggestion for March photos really works during any spring/summer month, depending on where you live. “Playing outside in the park or
playground is a great place for photos,” Braun says. “There is so much going on, their eyes always light up with wonder.”
April showers and May flowers—and both make for fun photo backdrops. “The rainy spring months bring out adorable rain gear,” says Peggy Garbus, owner of Peggy Garbus Photography in Wilton, Connecticut. ”
Photograph your toddlers wearing their slickers, rain boots, and rain hats—with or without umbrellas. Wait until the rain has stopped and send them out to play. These make adorable shots!”
Don’t forget to use props, such as hats, for your photos. “Grab a brightly colored funky hat … and make it your annual [or monthly] spring silly hat photo shoot!” Garbus says. Another
spring suggestion, good for April or May, also comes from Garbus. “There’s nothing like a soft bunny, either real or stuffed, to symbolize our break from the winter months,” she says.
By June, it’s all about the outdoors. “In the toddler years, give them distractions like lollipops or bubbles,” Garbus says. “These are ‘moment’ creators, getting your children to lose focus of you and the camera while moving it to the task at hand.”
Summertime brings sunshine and beaches, sandboxes, and
Sara Cross of Bothell, Washinton, loves to take “candid” shots of her daughter, no matter what they’re doing, feeling that it captures children at their age, in a way that isn’t posed.
It’s starting to heat up, so get creative with cooling down pictures. Bathing suits and
wading pools are fun, but think even further outside the box.
While babies and toddlers won’t head to school this month, you can still get photos to remember. Introduce your toddler to a pile of fall leaves and see what kinds of great shots you’ll get.
Halloween comes in October, and what parent doesn’t love to dress Baby up in something adorable? But don’t forget all the other fun activities that come with this fall holiday.
November brings Thanksgiving, which means family, food, and fun. If your baby is up to the
finger-food stage, snap photos of him trying new foods, like pumpkin pie!
Children delighting in their first
Christmas tree or seeing their shining faces lit up with the reflections of colored lights—the holidays present us with great photo opportunities.
Any Time of the Year
Another way to show your child’s growth throughout a year is to take monthly photos in one location. Heather McCrone, a mom from Bellevue, Washinton, created scrapbook pages for the monthly photos of each of her daughters.
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