In case you haven’t noticed, milestone pictures are totally on-trend right now. If you are between 25-40 years old, I can almost guarantee that if you were to hop on your Facebook page, a good number of posts from friends will be the monthly documentation of the growth of your friend’s babies.
Before having a kid I did not understand this fascination with documenting monthly growth of your baby (I mean, birthdays are annual, right?), but post-baby I absolutely grew to understand the ‘mom’ perspective on why you need EVERY picture of your baby. They are only this tiny for a blink of an eye and it will be over before you know it! All you have once they are grown (and much less willing to snuggle) are these pictures to look back on, which one day will be quite precious.
Though I wanted to participate, I didn’t think the ‘how’ part through very well, and looking back I wished I had planned a little better. I knew that I wasn’t going to be the person who stuck a paper number on my kid’s onesie with tape, but I didn’t go out any purchase any supplies on my own… of course now that my daughter is two-and-a-half I have had plenty of opportunity to think on how I would have ideally done these pictures on my own. So, here are the tips I have to offer you on setting up your own precious milestone pictures for your little one!
- First and most obviously, you need some kind of visual to denote your baby’s age or the milestone you are picturing. I used milestone cards but really like these milestone blocks!
Milestone Age Blocks | Solid Wood | Choose From 3 Different Color Styles (Pink) | Baby Age Photo Blocks | Perfect Baby Shower Gift and Keepsake
My other favorite option are these chalk milestone boards:
MaeRae&Co Baby Milestone Chalkboard Wood Frame 17″ by 23″ – Blue
2. Next, you need a backdrop. A special quilt or blanket would be an easy choice. I decided to do a neutral look, and just did the pictures inside my daughter’s crib (she had an off white fleece crib sheet).
3. To ‘sweeten’ up the pictures, and also to have a visual to compare your baby’s growth to each month, I would include a special toy or stuffed animal. In my pictures I used this adorable plush bunny rabbit that I had bought as my daughter’s 1st stuffy. This one in particular has jingle bells in its tummy, which is perfect for grabbing a little newborn’s attention towards the camera just before you snap a picture. Gund Baby Thistle Bunny Plush, Cream, 13″
This was my stand-by shot I tried to roll with every time. Laying on her back with her stuffy in one hand, and the month placard near her head.
- Have an idea of what you want to accomplish going into the pictures, but don’t get frustrated if you don’t pull it off perfectly. I would pull up milestone pictures on Pinterest to get some inspiration from other mom photographers.
- Try and re-create the same picture every time. Have one shot that is your standby, so you have a fun comparison each month.
- Don’t get frustrated when you can’t create that pose anymore. Around 6 months it became exponentially harder to get my little to sit still or lay down. That doesn’t mean it’s time to give up though! Even if you do not get the same re-created shot, you can still come up with something precious.
- Take them in natural light without flash. With a February baby I struggled with this one, since days are so short that time of year! If you aren’t able to find time in natural light, you can always do simple editing to remove shadows and improve balance from your computer or phone.
My last and most important piece of advice is to use a good camera! You don’t want low resolution pictures on your iPhone to become the baby pictures you put in albums. Invest in a good DSRL camera that will take beautiful pictures for your kids entire childhood.
I purchased a Nikon D5300 a few months before my daughter was born, and have not regretted it for a second! I am always happy when we travel, have birthdays/family events and we have nice pictures from it.
Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens (Black)
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15 Replies to “How to Take the Perfect Milestone Pictures of Your Baby! ”
Cutest pics! <3 Our camera is very similar, and with so many bells and whistles. I need to learn more about it. Your post offers great advice! Thank you. 😉
Thank you! I honestly am sure I don’t even know half of what there is to know about my camera. It has a ton of ‘presets’ that are helpful in getting the settings right for the purpose you are using it for and I cheat and use those a lot. I am relatively basic right now but do have a Nikon book my hubby got me where I plan to do lots of reading up!
Me neither! Haha. I normally use it on auto. I hope to learn more about it soon. I just need to sit down and study about it.
Look forward to checking out more of your posts. Thanks!
That is one adorable little girl! And good tips..I’ve use most of those myself for my daughter.
So nice pictures..ur baby is such a sweet heart…lots of luv fr her
Aw thank you so much! She is a sweetie for sure
Aww these are cute. I see milestone pictures on both Facebook and Instagram. As someone who loves to take photos of everything, I totally understand why you’d want to celebrate and take photos of each milestone of you little one 🙂
Thank you! They change so fast too. You hear people say it and it sounds like a cliche, but they you have a kid of your own and time just flies by!!
Your daughter is just soo cute!! 🙂
Aw thank you so much!
Well she is adorable! Love this great pics of her. And great post. I will keep this in mind when I finally buckle down and have kids.
She is super cute <3 <3 <3
Thank you so much!