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12 Ideas for a Unique Newborn to Toddler Photo Shoot

We all know that the first few weeks with your newborn are so precious and fleeting, but sometimes it can be difficult to come up with an idea for a photoshoot. Here are 12 unique ideas for photographing your little one from birth until they turn 1 year old.


1- Take pictures of your newborn in the hospital after they’ve been born. – Photographing a sleeping baby on their back is always a sweet idea and looks so cozy! You can do this as soon as you get home from the hospital, or wait until they fall asleep while feeding. When photographing your baby sleeping, try to keep your camera as still as possible and don’t use a flash.

2- Take some pictures of just their hands! Babies are so new to the world that they often won’t hold anything because everything is unfamiliar. It can be really sweet when they finally do grab onto something like momma’s finger.

3- Keep your baby in the same outfit and take pictures of them at different ages. This is a great way to keep memories intact that they can always look back on!

4- Take some photos of your little one with family members or friends who visited you during their first year. You’ll be able to see how much they’ve grown and how much they have changed!

5- Bring along a blanket crocheted by grandma or a special stuffed animal that has meaning for you and your baby .

6- Take photos of the different stages of development that you notice in their features or personality.

7- Take a photo of your baby every month so that you have something to look back on and see how much they’ve grown.

8- Visit the places in your area where you spend time with your little one, like daycare or grandma’s house. Try taking pictures while doing an activity together, like reading a story.

9- Have your little one wear an outfit that matches the season or holiday!

10- Take photos of all the generations. It’s so important to capture these memories for future generations too!

11- If you’re lucky enough to have a sister or friend who is pregnant and she’s planning on giving birth in the next year, take pictures of your baby with her!

12- Newborn, 3 month, 6 month, 9 month and 1 year shoots are popular ages to document babies growth.


Now that you know some great ideas for photographing your little one from birth until their first birthday, get out there and capture those memories!


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