Monthly Baby Photos: Priceless Artwork of your Precious Baby

Monthly Baby Photos: Priceless Artwork of your Precious Baby

A picture’s worth a thousand words.  Before the moments of your baby’s infancy slowly drift away, you may want to find a creative way to celebrate each exciting stage of that most precious first year.

Taking monthly commemorative photos with your baby can be super fun and make priceless artwork and treasured memories for a lifetime.  Many parents choose to make a collage of their baby’s first year by photographing their little one while indicating their age.  There are many creative ways to stage your memorable first year collage, but there are a few key components you’ll want to keep in mind.

  • First, pose your baby in a similar way each time to show a progression.  Your baby grows tremendously in her first year.  To show this physical growth on camera, make sure you can see her full body in comparable ways in each month’s photo.
  • Indicate how much your baby has grown in an imaginative way.  You can purchase removable month-by-month fabric stickers that are easy to apply to a onesie or baby t-shirt.  You can create a sign with your baby’s age using paper or a chalkboard.  Or try using other objects like blocks, wooden or plastic letters, balloons or stuffed animals to indicate your baby’s age.
  • Remember, your baby won’t be able to sit up for quite some time.  Use a bed, large cushions or a big armchair to lie or prop your baby for the first 5-9 months until her muscles are strong enough to sit.
  • Most people choose a solid background and keep it consistent for each month’s photos.  But you can also change the background each month to a variety of patterns or colors.  You may want to use backgrounds that indicate the season.  For instance, flowers for spring, beach gear for summer, colorful leaves for fall, a winter scarf.
  • Add in objects that indicate what your baby likes to do at each stage.  Is she obsessed with her binkie at 3 months?  Include it in the photo.  Maybe she and your dog bonded at 5 months – let the dog be in that photo.
  • Have fun with your photo sessions and don’t expect too much out of your baby.  People make entire professions out of infant photography so don’t get upset if your photos don’t turn out perfect.  Sometimes those imperfect moments are more iconic than a flawless smile every time.
  • Once the entire 12 months are complete, you can frame the treasured keepsake for your own home and also give them as gifts to grandparents.  You and your loved ones can enjoy the first year of your baby’s life over-and-over again with this wonderful first year collage.

Here are more fun ideas on how to create great monthly baby photos: