I am so excited for our milestone session! So much change happens during that first year and these sessions are the perfect way to capture their tiny, unique features as they grow.
I've put together a few tips to make your studio milestone session a huge success!
Honestly, I love a baby in a white (or very simple) onesie. Don't get me wrong, I love an adorable mini-outfit as much as the next girl, but I find that keeping clothing simple allows your little one to shine.
Generally, just keep clothing easy (like cotton or chambray). Shiny and really bright color clothing do not photograph well. Girl moms - as fun as hot pink is (I'm a #boymom so I'd love to buy something hot pink!) it just does not photograph well and ends up making everything have a pink glow. I love whites, creams, browns, pastels - soft, natural tones.
Have fun with accessories! I love headbands (again, simple), pearls, suspenders and hats. Don't even worry about shoes - let those chubby baby toes show!
I also recommend taking a peek at my client closet. I have collected some adorable pieces for little ones that I know will photograph well. These sessions, and my client closet, give you the opportunity to dress your child in pieces that you typically wouldn't buy - like knit shorts or a bonnet.
You can plan on several outfits for your little one.
Clothing: Mom and Dad
You should have received my Family Welcome Guide that includes a detailed section on picking your clothing. For studio sessions we want to keep clothing simple. Imagine you're going to go snuggle on your couch with a warm cup of coffee and a good book. What are you wearing? Probably a cotton top, jeans and bare feet. I'm not going to lie - I love this look for my studio. I have a bed in my studio where I encourage families to snuggle up so comfortable clothing is the most natural.
Moms - dresses are also great!
Dads - if you want to wear a button down, roll the sleeves up for a more relaxed look.
Siblings - Jeans, chambray and sweet little tops are perfect. They can also go barefoot if you'd like.
While I love to keep my sessions simple, I do have a few props I like to include. You will receive a questionnaire so you can let me know what types of props you like.
What you can bring:
A lovie: Does your baby have something they are attached to? I love to include this in their session. As a mom of a quickly growing and self-proclaimed "big boy," I can tell you those are some of my favorite pictures from his first year.
A toy that they love. Sometimes babies need a little piece of home to make them more comfortable.
What I want to know...
Does your little one have a stray curl, killer eye lashes or perfectly chubby toes? Whatever your favorite feature is, I want to know so I can make sure to capture it.
I cannot wait to photograph your little one in my studio! Please let me know if you have any questions about what to bring for your session.