A Milestone Session is quick and fun! I will capture your baby’s sweet personality and ever-changing details so you have them for a lifetime. Milestone sessions are great for babies 3-12 months of age.
WHAT TO WEAR
Here are some overall thoughts on clothing, but please read each session description below for more detailed information. Solids and simple prints are best to keep the focus on faces. Textures and layers are great to add interest. Avoid neon colors, orange and red near the face, large prints, as well as large, distracting logos.
WHAT TO BRING
In addition to the necessities (diapers, wipes, etc), feel free to bring a favorite toy or blankie to comfort baby. It’s also wise to bring extra milk/formula/drinks and a snack just in case.
I’ve found that babies as young as 6 months, and definitely as they get closer to one year, can start to feel uneasy around strangers. This is particularly noticeable during the pandemic, since most children are not out in public as often as they used to be. When you arrive, one of the first things I do is assess how your child reacts to me. Some children have no problems interacting with me and others are immediately leery. Sometimes we can dive right in to the session, and other times we might spend the first 10-15 minutes playing on the floor, letting them adjust to me and their new environment. Please know that your child’s comfort and happiness is so important to me … so if I am slow to interact with them, this is why.
AFTER THE SESSION
Once your milestone session is complete, I will start editing your images. The editing process can take up to 7-10 days, although usually less. When finished, I will email you a gallery link where you can choose your final images. Once chosen, I will send your final gallery with download instructions.
3-5 Month Session
This session in particular moves very quickly — it should take 30-45 minutes. We typically get through quite a few setups (typically 4-6), before baby reaches their limit. Feel free to bring multiple outfits with you. We will use some of them in addition to items I have in the studio. I like to capture a variety of looks from mostly naked to fully-clothed.
Clothing suggestions: keep things very simple. A onesie, a romper, a pair of shorts/pants or bloomers. Layers are tough at this age, so I would avoid anything bulky. I would also avoid collared shirts as they can ride up over baby’s face. Make sure everything you bring fits baby snugly and is not too baggy.
At this age, baby typically spends a majority of their time being photographed on their backs. We will change setups and outfits to get some variety. We will also try to capture baby on their belly and safely propped in a sitting position – however, not all babies this age are happy in these positions. Either way, I will capture some gorgeous portraits of your growing little one. I bet baby has changed so much in a few short months!
Please know that smiles are not common at this age. I will certainly try my best, but the goal for this milestone session is really to capture their sweet dispositions and how much they’ve grown.
6-10 month session
Baby’s personality is shining through now. You can expect this session to last 30-45 minutes. We typically get through 3 outfits/setups. This is also a great age to feature that beautiful baby skin.
Clothing suggestions: I’d still suggest keeping things pretty simple. Bring items that let baby kick and wiggle around comfortably. But make sure clothing fits well and isn’t too large. Feel free to bring your favorite outfits from home or borrow from my Client Closet full of beautiful dresses, rompers and knit pants. I love when clients email me quick pics of the outfits they’re bringing so I can plan ahead.
We will feature baby sitting on their own, pushing up, and maybe even crawling. The age a baby masters each of these can vary greatly. Some clients choose to wait until baby is sitting well, and others prefer to capture them at a specific age. I cant wait to see all of the poses they want to show off!
First Birthday Session
Can you believe it’s been one year?! This session typically lasts a bit longer, up to one hour. We will probably spend quite a bit of time chasing your little one around as they explore the studio. Be ready to sweat!
Clothing suggestions: Just like previous milestone sessions, I have some limited clothing options available, but I suggest bringing 2-3 favorite outfits from home as well. I aim for 3 outfits/setups at their one year session. This includes a cake smash setup and/or a splash setup if you choose to do one. More on that below! I love when clients email me quick pics of the outfits they’re bringing so I can plan ahead.
I’ll be ready to capture your little one no matter how quick they are! Some are still comfortable crawling, others love to walk or even run. If they’re comfortable standing, holding on to something or not, we’ll get that too. Most one year olds have a pretty short attention span, so I move quickly. But snack breaks and a snuggle are always welcome if they need it.
Cake Smash Details
Before your little one starts smashing, we’ll do some regular milestone photos to document this momentous time in their life. Some kids dig right in to their cake and others need some encouragement. Be ready to get your hands (and sometimes clothes) dirty showing your little one how it’s done.
Please know that not all kids enjoy cake or the cake smash experience. I’ve found that kids who aren’t used to sweets, or who don’t like getting their hands dirty, don’t usually do well. So I suggest grabbing a cupcake and doing a trial run (or two) with your little one if you think this might be an issue.
Because of allergies, CWP is unable to order and provide the cake. However, you are welcome to bring one with you. I also have a fabulous baker that I recommend who can usually drop the cake off at the studio before the session. Baker Recommendation: If you’re looking for an amazing, over-the-top cake, check out Lindsay Gruber on Facebook. Her cakes typically run about $50-85, but please message her for more details (and please try to give her at least 2 weeks notice).
Want to try something different, other than a cake? You could bring a stack of pancakes, a pumpkin pie, a box of donuts, a watermelon, or even a bowl of spaghetti! I’ve seen it all and am open to ideas!
Time for Cleanup! There are wipes available in the studio, plus a bathroom stocked with towels. Or you can choose to add a “splash” portion to your session with photos of baby in a cute little tub. But make sure to give me a heads up on that choice before session day so I have everything prepared.