15 photos to capture in baby’s first year

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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


paint by number kits

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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