The Baby Plan: First Year Baby Photos

6 month baby kissed by mother in fathers arms

Is there anything more special than watching your baby grow up? The first few years of their lives seem to go by in the blink of an eye. What better way to remember this time than with baby milestone photoshoots? 

As a Minneapolis baby photographer, one of the things I love about what I do is being able to see kiddos and families grow and evolve over the years. And, while every milestone and year is full of surprises, there is something so special about the first year of your little one’s life. 

This is why I created The Baby Plan. The first year zips by and I am here to help make sure you have plenty of photos to remember it by. Imagine this: four sessions of your choice spread across all of the major milestones at the start of this new chapter. Some of the more popular moments that families choose from are: 

  • Maternity 
  • Newborn 
  • 6 Months 
  • The sitting milestone 
  • 1 Year
  • The walking milestone

So, let’s talk a bit about why these baby milestone photoshoots are the perfect choice for you and your family! 

Mother and father smiling at new born baby in fathers arms

Why Do Multiple First Year Baby Photo Sessions?

Before I dive into what The Baby Plan actually includes, I wanted to chat a little bit about why you should even think about doing multiple photoshoots in the first place. Everyone probably knows about newborn sessions and how adorable they can be, but there are so many other laughs, smiles, and joy in your munchkin’s journey that you do not want to forget. 

Day to day, month to month, your baby is growing so much, and all of those little things, the milestones big and small, deserve to be remembered. Doing multiple sessions throughout the first year also gives us the opportunity to infuse so much variety into your gallery.

One family I work with loved the flexibility that they had when it came to these sessions. We were able to do a few outdoor sessions when the weather was a bit warmer. Once things started to cool down, we headed back inside and did the photoshoot right in their own home.

Not only did this provide some amazing variety to their galleries, but we were even able to see just how much their little one had grown with the at-home sessions. I mean, think about it: How often do you get the chance to see your baby’s growth as plain as day?  

With these photos, you can see just how tiny and precious they were in their crib just after being born and just how big they’ve gotten in that same spot a year later. It’s like a digital record of the marks on the doorframe that we all love to see. 

Let’s be real: not only is your little one growing up before your eyes, but your family can change a lot within a year, and you get to capture all of that. This family, for example, added two adorable kittens to their family during the year, so not only did we get to see how much their little one grew in the first year, but also how their family expanded and grew as a whole. 

parent smiling touching on face 3 month baby in diaper

Now, I know what you may be thinking: “This all sounds great, but what about the rest of my family?” While your newest addition joining the world may be the driving force behind wanting these photos, I want to make these a full family affair. 

Who would want to skip out on those adorable sibling moments with your kids and see the love and joy that they all share together? So, while we will definitely make sure to highlight the tiniest member of your family, these also function as full family photo sessions! Because let’s be real, your baby’s whole world is family right now and that connection has gotta be captured. 

We also really get to know each other throughout these sessions. I can definitely understand how you can feel a bit nervous or even maybe feel like you look awkward in front of the camera to begin with. But, doing multiple sessions allows us to get very comfortable with each other. 

I learn what you love, what makes you and your family tick, your baby’s unique personality, and what is most important and meaningful to all of you. This is going to make you more and more comfortable and result in even more genuine photos. 

For example, their little one was the strong and serious type, but we were always able to sneak in a few smiles and capture a few laughs along the way!  

6 month baby kissed bu mother in fathers arms

Why The Baby Plan

Alright, so you’re probably thinking to yourself right now, “Okay, I definitely see why we should take more photos throughout this time. But why do The Baby Plan? Can’t I piece things together as we go?”

While you are absolutely right that you can just schedule separate sessions or book things along the way, The Baby Plan is so much more than just a couple of photography sessions. 

It is a guide and a custom plan built specifically for you and with your family in mind. Plus, we all know that with a new baby, every penny counts, but that shouldn’t stop you from capturing the magic that is your kiddos growing up. So, not only do you get 4 sessions that you get to customize to what you want, but you also get: 

  • $1,700 in total savings – as compared to booking all of these sessions separately, including a $1,200 complimentary fine art album – because what is more special than being able to hold these moments in your hands?  
  • Flexibility when it comes to the different collections – you’ll get to customize the package you purchase after each session (including different amounts of digital photos and print credits) to work with your budget at that time. 
  • A payment structure that spreads your investment out over the 4 sessions – because, let’s be real, who doesn’t love a good payment plan? 

I also know how busy your lives are with a newborn and how challenging it can be to plan out sessions (especially in the beginning), so I provide a session prep guide and access to a personalized styling service before every session to help get you ready and make sure you feel totally confident and comfortable before you step in front of the camera. 

You’ll also get help making sure we stay on top of scheduling sessions plus priority scheduling on my calendar. Believe me, I get it. With everything going on in your life, it can be very easy to let the sessions slip your mind, so I am here to make sure that you don’t miss out on a single photo with your munchkins! 

Smiling 9 month baby lying in grass

Your family may also be changing quickly, so before each session, you’ll have the chance to fill out a questionnaire so that I can hear about any changes since the last session, make sure I know what you want to focus on this time, learn more about what you loved from the previous session, and anything you want to change or do differently for this session. 

At the end of the day, these sessions are meant to give you memories that you can cherish for a lifetime, so I want to make sure you get the most out of each and every one. Plus, if you want to add more sessions during the year, you can do that without having to pay a session fee! 

We have worked with many photographers all around the country, and Kate is our favorite! Kate goes above and beyond in every session to capture our baby’s first year perfectly. Her photos radiate joy and love, and we will treasure these frozen-in-time moments forever. Kate is friendly, accommodating, and super easy to work with. She is all-around fabulous, and I would give her more than 5 stars if I could!

1 year old baby lying on stomach on bed

Who Is The Baby Plan Right For?

When it comes to who this is right for, this is truly built for families who cherish these early moments. Those who want to hold onto all the real and authentic details from these ever-evolving days – all of the smiles, the snuggles, the tears, and the chaos. 

It is also perfect for anyone who wants to have physical photos to remember this time. Along with the print credit included after each individual session, you’ll get the complimentary fine art album at the end of your 4 sessions with highlights from each one. This means you’ll have something tangible that you can love and cherish and hold that highlights all of these amazing memories with your kiddos. 

And, as I said earlier, I want to make sure your whole family feels seen and heard throughout this entire process. We will capture all of the chaos and beauty that is your unique family and create some fun memories along the way! 

Photo album with two images, one of baby and one of parents and baby.

Final Thoughts on Photos During the First Year

With how fast your baby grows and how quickly your family changes, being able to capture and freeze these moments in time throughout the early stages of their life is invaluable. 

Whether you’re getting baby milestone photoshoots of your first child or documenting the growth of your family as a whole, these are memories that you are going to cherish forever. If this is exactly what you have been looking for, I would love to chat with you about The Baby Plan. You can click here to get in touch with me and start planning out your sessions today!

Covid-19 Update

I AM fully vaccinated and boosted.  With the rise of concerning variants, I DO continue to wear a mask for in-home sessions.  I am also more than happy to wear a mask for any outdoor sessions upon request.

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