My Favorite Ages For Photos In The First Year

My active, opinionated three year old daughter who looks more and more like a girl and less like a baby/toddler every day, is a continuous reminder how fleeting the first few years of parenthood are (even though it doesn’t feel like it in the moment). You think you’ll remember every little detail: their gummy smile and big eyes, the dimples on their hands, and their chubby feet and leg rolls – but trust me from experience, the memories fade unless you capture them.

I feel so passionately about photographing babies in that first year especially. If you’re pregnant or have a newborn at home and looking to plan ahead, here’s when I would look to schedule a photo session with my infant:

Newborn (Ideally 10-14 days old) – Sleepy & brand new. They change so fast and after just a few weeks that sleepy newborn baby becomes an alert, wide eyed infant.

Three Months Old Still teeny tiny but they have filled out a bit by this point and are usually super smiley!! Tummy time shots are some of my favorites during this age.

Seven or Eight Months Old – Sitting but not yet crawling, this is quite the sweet spot for photos in the first year! They have changed so much from 0-3 months old but still have their baby look.

One Year – Such a big milestone to capture! Crawling, pulling up to stand, and maybe even taking first steps! I even love throwing them in a high chair and getting some classic cake smash photos with a modern twist!

Caroline Winn is a Boston family photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, and family photography. She serves the greater Boston area (including Lexington, Arlington, Winchester, Melrose, Concord, Lincoln and more) and Cape Cod in the summertime.

If you love these photos, and you are looking for a Boston area newborn photographer I would love to begin planning your session. To see more of my maternity & newborn portfolio, and to learn more about working with me, please get in touch here.


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February 27, 2023



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