What is the best age to photograph babies?

My best friend texted me yesterday asking me a simple question of what is the best age to photograph her daughter. First of all, her daughter is adorable, like every baby, so any age is a good age.


There are certain ages that work best for babies to be photographed, and those are milestones months.

Milestone months for babies are

  • Newborn

  • 3 months old

  • 6 months old

  • 9 months old

  • 1 year old

Each of these represents a different stage in their first year of life. Newborns are wonderfully cuddly and beautiful. It’s a special stage of new life and new beginnings. Best time to photograph newborns is within the first 10 days of birth.

3 month old babies are more alert with their eyes open, looking around, and starting to understand what is going on all around them. The baby’s personality are starting to show.

6 month old babies are usually sitting up and playing with toys actively. Babies will hold items (and probably throw them). And their personalities are definitely alive and well. This is a fun age to photograph!

9 month old babies are usually crawling and moving around. Babies are definitely interacting with Mom/Dad and other family members. They love to play!

1 year old babies are finally one! It’s their milestone birthday which definitely deserves a celebratory photo session! Some one year old babies are walking. Each has their own personality which really shines through. Smash cake sessions are fun to photograph because it really captures if the one year old is shy or adventurous.

So there you have it!

Now there is some give and take for each milestone month. If you wait a month, it’s no biggie! Photographing babies is a fun adventure for me, as your photographer, you, and your baby! We’ll have fun, play around, capture smiles, and their little personality!

If you’re interested in capturing your baby’s milestone photos or would like to schedule a 1 year old birthday session, please contact me or email me at emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com! I’d love to talk to you about what you’re looking for and how I can capture beautiful photos and memories for you and your family!

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Newborn Photo Session | Round Rock, TX

I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful newborn girl a couple of weeks ago.  She decided to surprise her parents by coming a few weeks early, but Mom and Dad were excited to see her sweet face!  Nothing quite like looking into the eyes of your sweet baby girl for the first time!

Not only did I have the pleasure of photographing this sweet newborn, but I was able to capture the love between Mom and Dad with their new baby girl.  As an added bonus, their cute dog wanted to join in on the action of being in the photo session.  Congratulations to this sweet family and their new baby girl!

Newborn Photo Session in the NICU | Austin, TX

There's nothing quite like having a photography session of twin boys in the NICU to humble me.

It's getting towards the end of summer which means I'm counting down the days until school starts for my children.  Between the bickering amongst themselves and not getting any along time, I'm ready for school to start.  I love my children, but like any good mom, I need time away from them for my own sanity.  I can only take hearing, "Mom, (insert any child's name here) hit me," or "Mom, what are we eating for dinner, breakfast, or lunch?"  It just gets old after awhile, very old.

Enter The Tiny Footprint Project and sweet twins.  These twin boys were in the NICU for 6 weeks after being born early.  Their parents were the sweetest couple and couldn't wait to get their twin boys home.  It's moments when talking to the parents in the NICU that I love the most because they unknowingly put life into perspective.  And it came at the perfect time.  They were able to bring their twins home just a few days after this newborn NICU photo session.  Give some loving to these cute twin boys!