Milestone sessions are for babies 6 months and up, usually up to a year or so. These sessions typically last 20 minutes at most, though I always deliver a full gallery of over 25-30 images to share with the parents!
I LOVE shooting babies this age…..they are smiley, happy, and generally stay still. (Note I said “generally” though!)
I also like to keep my sessions simple, and only use a couple of props. (in the pics below you can even see that I use them over and over again.)
Here are a few of my go-to poses for kids of this age:
Pose #1 – Simple Sitting Pose
I usually start with this one, as it lets me make sure my lighting is correct and if I need to move them to a different angle.
This is where Mom gets a workout though as they tend to crawl away quickly!
Pose #2 – The Toy Pose
Usually these babes do not like to sit still. That is where a simple toy comes in. I tell clients to bring a favourite neutral stuffy or toy.
I also have some simple stuffies and wooden toys they can use. This keeps baby somewhat occupied for a few moments, enough to get some cute shots!
Pose #3 – The Belly Pose
This is a great pose for babies who may not be standing or holding themselves up yet. It gets a really cute shot of their faces and they tend to get really happy and excited in this position!
However, this pose is an easy one to crawl away from, so again, Mom gets a workout!
Pose #4 – The Standing Pose
Kids love this one, especially if they are not yet standing alone. Make sure you use a sturdy prop, one that will not fall forward or topple over with their weight, as they are likely not too steady.
And Mom stays right beside always!!
Pose #5 – The Close Up
Always, always get some close ups! You can do this in any of the above poses.
Pose #6 – The Sitting Prop Pose
Put the baby on a chair, crate, prop and they usually stay put..they are so fascinated with the fact they are sitting up high on something that they rarely wiggle.
And if they do, Mom is ALWAYS there for safety!! Safety first and if baby is too young or unsteady to hold himself up on something like this, do not attempt!
Pose #7 – The Outtake
Self explanatory and this usually happens at least once a session…and yes I photograph and edit one or two. And yes, parents love it.
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About The Author
Bobbi-Jo Stuart is a lifestyle wedding and portrait photographer living in Ontario Canada. She fell in love with photography as a young child and has taken used passion to create a successful business. Bobbi-Jo loves finding interesting ways to use light and breaking all the photography “rules” to create thoughtful imagery.