How time flies! Last week, I published a post looking at the six month baby photos of one seriously adorable little girl. This week, the one year baby photos of the same girl. She’s still got those killer curls and big, brown eyes. What a cutie.

Children are such a delight at this age — laughing, curious, mobile, and with a big personality. It really shines through in the photos. Look at last week’s post and you can see a huge difference. That big difference can make capturing great images more of a challenge than when they’re newborn or six months old — one year olds are so busy! But I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years and I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve.

One thing that helps is when mom and dad get involved in the one year baby photos. This helps focus the child and also creates wonderful pics of the interaction between baby, mama, and daddy. Some parents are hesitant to get involved, but I strongly encourage it. We often get so focused on our children that we forget to get photos of ourselves with our children. That’s the kind of photo you’ll look back on and be so glad you had taken. I speak from experience — I’ve got two kids and we all love looking back on photos of us together.

Another thing that helps focus baby for a photo shoot is giving her a little something to play with. I’m not much of one for props in my photos — they can clutter up the look and take the focus away from where it should be, which is on your child. But a rubber ducky or favorite book can help a baby this age stay still long enough for me to snap some keepers.

Are you interested in one year baby photos for your child? We’re about to enter the busy season of fall, so be sure to call or text me right away to book a time: 214.864.5787. You can also use my online contact form and I’ll get back with you quickly.

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One of my favorite parts of being a Dallas baby photographer is the relationships I form with people. An example of that is this week and next week’s blog posts, the six month baby pictures and one year baby pictures from a local family.

Most parents think of have professional photos taken of their newborn, but stop after that. What a pity. That first year is a period of huge changes that are so fun to look back upon and enjoy. These are the six month baby pictures from a local family — next week I’ll share their one year baby photos. They are part of a series the family purchased, including newborn, six month, and one year, which is a popular package among my clients.

The magic of a six month old child is undeniable. This little girl was sitting up, interacting beautifully with people around her, making noises, responding to her name, and bringing things to her mouth, like the red ball you see below. Six month old babies are just generally enchanting. Contrast this to newborn baby photo sessions, when baby spends most of the time snoozing, can’t yet interact with others, and, if her eyes are open, they are probably cross eyed, and you can see why I think everyone should document this special and adorable milestone with professional photos!

I think these six month baby pictures turned out particularly well — her big brown eyes and curly hair were just adorable and she was a doll to work with when she was in my private studio. Come back next week to see her one year photos, too. 

Will you soon have a six month old baby? I hope you’ll consider getting her photos professionally taken — call or text me at 214.864.5787 and let’s talk about the packages I offer to families. You can also fill out my website contact form, if you prefer. I look forward to speaking with you.

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If you’re thinking digital images are the way to go after a professional photo session, I would encourage you to reconsider. Lots of people imagine their options are greater when they buy digital images and print hard copies/frame on their own. But the opposite it actually true. Most of the time, those digital files sit on a computer or phone for months or even years before a print or two get made, and it’s a hassle to find the right place to do it all. I actually have a print minimum with my clients, partially for this reason. I want these precious pictures to be a treasured part of a family, not languishing files on a laptop.

One of my favorite options is a newborn photo album. This has 25 images (50 for a double album) – your favorites from our time together (I deliver at least 70 images to each client and they’re all keepers, so you may have a hard time deciding what to include!) I create each album in Photoshop for my clients, and every one is unique  — you and your baby are one-of-a-kind and your newborn photo album should be, too.

The albums themselves feature UV-coated board book pages, the same quality you’ll find in high-end wedding albums. Because they’re so well made, the pages won’t yellow or fade with time. Couple that with my photography style, which is minimalist and timeless, and you’ll have a family heirloom that looks as relevant and beautiful in 20 years as it does on the day you receive it. Many of my clients say these albums are so pretty, they end up being coffee table books for many years. And little kids love looking at photos of themselves when they were tiny babies. You can opt to add poetry or prose as in this book. I have some great samples of baby-relevant poetry that are just perfect for this.

The pages below are from a recent Dallas newborn photo session in my private studio. This is the beautiful baby girl of my maternity couple featured last week on the blog. Mom and dad created two albums, a maternity book and the one you see below. Isn’t she precious? I love how this album turned out, and so did they.

If you’re expecting a baby and would like to create a newborn photo album after our professional photography session, please call or text me at at 214.864.5787 or use my online contact form. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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A lot of my clients want to buy digital images of their session. I highly encourage my clients to skip the digital images and order lots of prints from their photo sessions with me. All too often, digital images languish on our computers for months or years. People think they’re going to get around to framing them, but rarely do. What a waste.

One of the best investments, in my opinion, is an album. This is a curated collection of your favorite images from the photo session. Every album is individual and custom-created by me for the specific person or couple. No cookie-cutter designs, ever.

Today, I’m sharing a beautiful example of the maternity photo albums I create for my clients. The albums themselves are wedding style and of the highest quality with UV-coated board book pages. This is an heirloom to be treasured in your family for generations — because the pages are such high quality, they won’t yellow or fade. And because my style is minimalist, the album will look timeless and as beautiful when your baby is all grown up as it does on the day you receive it. Your grandchildren can appreciate the wonderful photos you took so many years before.

This couple chose to include lots of quotes in their maternity photo album — I love the way it creates a story beyond the images. They were so excited to welcome their little girl and even included a note to her in the book.

If you’re expecting a baby, contact me about a photography session and maternity photo albums. I’ve got lots of ideas to share and almost 20 years of experience creating images that are worthy of your investment. Please call or text me at 214.864.5787 or use my web contact form. I look forward to working with you.

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