Cake Smash, Family Sessions, First Birthday, Newborn Photography

September 12, 2023

Baby’s First Year Photos: Planning Beyond the Newborn Session


ideas for baby's first year photos

As an OKC photographer of over 8 years, I congratulate you on the arrival of your little bundle of joy! I often see clients returning for their baby’s first year of photos, as babies change so much over the first year of life, and documenting those changes is incredibly important.

Many parents choose the newborn session, but it’s also important to remember that baby will change a lot over the next year. Each milestone deserves to be cherished and preserved – from those first smiles and giggles to sitting up, crawling, and eventually taking those wobbly first steps. It’s so easy to document all of these sessions with Photos by Ashleigh, especially with my Baby’s First Year package.

documenting baby's first year of photos


During pregnancy, I recommend reserving your newborn session to ensure there is availability on the calendar near your due date. This will also give us enough time to plan the perfect newborn session. Once the baby is born, simply shoot me a text to let me know the good news and we will schedule your session!

However, when planning the milestone sessions, you can schedule them at your convenience. Once the baby reaches each milestone, you can open the booking calendar and schedule a milestone session for a date and time that suits your schedule! You have the option to either purchase these milestone sessions individually or by purchasing a Baby’s First Year package.

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Babies typically start pushing up on their hands or elbows and holding their heads up around 4 or 5 months old, making it the perfect time to plan your first milestone session! During these sessions, babies are usually very smiley, happy, and social for the camera and they love having their photo taken. They may also start rolling over and interacting with their surroundings, which creates some very precious photographs!

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Babies between 8 and 9 months old will start sitting up without assistance or pulling up on furniture to stand. This milestone is such a fun moment to capture as they show their personalities and are always enjoyable. However, it’s worth mentioning that sometimes babies may experience a sense of “stranger danger” during this time, so don’t be surprised if your little one needs some time to warm up before they’re ready to have their photos taken.


First birthday photos are definitely the most popular besides the newborn session! I love capturing updated family photos at the beginning of a session before moving on to photos of the birthday child alone. Many parents take this opportunity for cake smash photos (or other foods if you prefer). You can theme these photos to match your child’s birthday party or keep them sweet and simple with minimal props and decor.

ideas for baby's first birthday photos

Photos by Ashleigh is a newborn, child & family photographer serving Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman and surrounding cities. Availability for newborns during Fall 2023 are filling up fast, so inquire now about your due date.

Need to schedule your baby’s milestone or birthday session? Get the details and schedule here before spots are gone.

  1. Brandi says:

    Newborn photos are always precious, but I absolutely love milestone sessions throughout their first year! They change so much and you can start to see their very unique personalities start to shine! Gorgeous images.

  2. I love that you not only offer newborn portraits but also milestone sessions for all the fun moments in baby’s first year! Look at all the amazing pictures these families will have, what a blessing!

  3. Jody A. says:

    These sitter, cake smash and milestone sessions are a must! This is when they are full of fun facial expressions and you get to see their personalities shine through. Love love love.

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