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How to capture your baby's first year - part two

The second instalment of how to capture your baby's first year, because as I said before, I want to make sure you don’t miss a moment from this precious time, both with and without the help of a professional.

Newborn to three months


I mentioned phone cameras in part 1, but I would urge you to invest in a good compact camera if you don’t already have one. These fit into baby bags or Dad’s pockets and are as easy to pick-up to capture a moment as a phone. In your baby’s first three months, continuing to capture the journey of their first year is easier than you think, I promise.


Tiredness may well be a factor in this period. However, what if you were able to make that awake time extra special? What if, whoever isn’t feeding Baby takes a moment to capture the other whilst this is happening. When Baby is being bathed, again, this is a lovely photo opportunity. In these early weeks, when Baby is laid down to sleep, you can capture some really candid and expressive moments, a result of dreams and possibly a little wind, all before you get some much needed rest too.


Three to six months


From three to six months you will really begin to notice regular changes in your Baby. Growth is an obvious change but how alert your Baby is and their expressions and character also begin to come out. This is such an exciting time for you as a family. You'll will also be entering into a new season, so this may mean visits to a park in the sunshine, or Baby’s first time seeing snow (even if it is you who is more excited).


Again, with a camera to hand you can capture all of this, with Baby safely on a bed or a blanket on the floor. You can capture some gorgeous moments just with the help of a favourite toy or blanket close to hand or in Baby’s line of vision.


Six month to Baby's first birthday


This is a big space of time for your Baby and you as a family. Baby will by now be, or starting to try, to roll over, sit up, crawl or even walk. Your Baby will know your faces and voices, they will start to try solid foods, and their sensory capacity is building by the second.

Depending on whether you have chosen to continue capturing your Baby’s First Year with your Photographer, six months will be your next visit from them, another fantastic opportunity for a family photograph. If you haven’t, don’t worry, but remember to make use of the timer function of your compact camera and to include all of the family in your Baby’s journey - and yes, four-legged members definitely count!


At this stage capturing how your Baby plays, responds to music or certain toys, or even how they wait for you in their crib or cot in the mornings make for perfect moments to capture. You may have even chosen a favourite spot to photograph your Baby which really shows how much they have grown or changed since the last moment you photographed.


Baby's first birthday

For Baby’s First Birthday, this offers unlimited opportunities both for professional photographs and your own, especially one’s with both of you with your Baby as it is also normally the time that family will return en-masse! All of your Baby’s Birthdays will be important, but how you mark their first year is something that you will remember forever, and something they will no doubt ask about. This is a fantastic time to recreate some of your early photographs too so that you can document just how much your Baby has grown in their first year.


My top tips for capturing your Baby's first year


This brings me on to my most important piece of advice before I leave you with my top tips for capturing your Baby’s First year.


Please, no matter how wonderful it would be to capture every day of your Baby’s First Year, remember the most important thing is to experience and enjoy this, to be in the moment, to not miss this precious time by constantly reaching for a camera.

And now for my top tips:

  • Ask for a Newborn Photography Session and/or compact camera as a Baby Gift rather than more baby clothes

  • Plan your Baby’s first photographs - literally, you can make this part of your Birth Plan. If you are having Newborn Photography at home, confirm timings with your Photographer once you know your due date (Photographers offer a window of flexibility as we know Baby’s don’t always stick to their due date)

  • Keep a camera close to hand

  • Make the most of ‘awake’ time for you and ‘sleep’ time for Baby

  • As Baby grows, consider a regular place or position to photograph Baby to show how they change

  • Capture the firsts - first tooth, first attempt to eat solids, first steps

  • Use the self-timer function to capture the three of you (or more depending on whether this is your first Baby or you’ve had a multiple birth!)

  • Enjoy your Baby. Photographs are a beautiful reminder of this precious time but you will only have this time once.


If you would like to know more about capturing your Baby’s First Year, or to arrange your own Photography Session, I would love to hear from you and you can reach me at victoria@victoriamurrayphotography.co.uk


Life is an amazing adventure, enjoy and capture yours.


Until next week, always remember YOUR STORY matters. Because YOU matter.

Vicky


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