15 photos to capture in baby’s first year

While pregnancy can often feel like it’s dragging on forever, once you meet your newborn, the first year will fly by faster than you could have ever imagined. One minute you’re cradling a tiny baby and the next, they’re a busy toddler taking their first steps and inquisitive about the outside world.

Photography allows us to capture all those precious moments and relive them again and again, bringing the emotion you felt to life. So before time gets away from you, make a list of all those milestones and fleeting memories not to miss in your baby’s first stages of life.

Here are 15 photos to capture during your newborn’s first year:

Capturing their first smiles

Photo tip: Try holding their favourite soft toy just above the camera

Documenting mummy time

Photo tip: Head out during the “golden hour” light around sunset for a warm aesthetic

Playing in the bath

Photo tip: Opt for a traditional bucket bath for a playful feel

Cuddles with daddy

Photo tip: Capture story time just before bed

Trying to take those first steps

Photo tip: Have your camera at the ready for whenever this milestone takes place

Taking those first steps!

Photo tip: Head to the local park for a nature-inspired shoot

Tummy time with teddy

Photo tip: Capture a bird’s eye view from above

Those tiny feet

Photo tip: Don’t be afraid to get up close to capture the details


Photo tip: Rather than the grizzly tears, document the calmer teething moments

Sibling time

Photo tip: Create a flower display on a white background for a whimsical feel

Playing peek-a-boo

Photo tip: Fresh, white linen and a post-bath baby – bliss!

Yawns at bedtime

Photo tip: Tuck them in with their favourite teddy and wait for the inevitable yawns

First festive season

Photo tip: Capture them helping to decorate the tree with Christmas lights and baubles

Opening presents

Photo tip: Capture the excitement on their face when they open their first Christmas gift

Connecting with your fur babies

Photo tip: Photograph them down on all fours with your beloved dog, cat…or whatever pet you own!

What are your favourite shots to capture in baby’s first year? We’d love to hear your comments and suggestions!

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