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Martha Stewart feature! Danielle’s tips for taking milestone photos of your baby

I am feeling incredibly excited to have been featured on Martha Stewart, “5 Precious Keepsakes to Capture Your Baby’s Milestones“! The article includes my do-it-yourself tips for taking your own milestone photos at home. Plus, my own daughter’s adorable 7 month photo is included!

Check out the article for creative ways to help you capture the many milestones of your little one’s first year. And use my tips to document this fleeting, precious time in your baby’s life!

During’s Macie’s first year, I got asked a lot where the milestone blanket featured in the article is from. It is a BatzKids blanket. Here is the full year of Macie’s monthly blanket photos! Use my tips from the article to get creative and take pictures of your little one on a blanket 🙂   

Check out my previous feature on Martha Stewart, How to Make a Dazzling No Sew Tutu!

The Best Time to Professionally Photograph your Baby’s First Year Milestones

The Best Time to Professionally Photograph your Baby’s First Year Milestones

I get sad thinking about the fact that both of my children have grown into toddlers already. I love the baby stage so much I would almost consider having another baby just to experience it again (don't tell my husband!)  A baby's first year is such an exciting, fast, and exhausting stage of life for parents. There are so many milestones that happen  – they grow and change so fast!  Some of my absolute favorite images of my children are from birth to one year old.

A baby's first year is a great time to invest in the experience of a professional portrait session and the memories of photographs that you can’t replicate yourself. All babies are different and hit milestones at different ages and stages. Generally speaking, the age of the baby can dictate what types of photographs you can achieve.  Adjustments for premature babies or babies on their own schedule can always be made.

Here are my tips for the best time to hire a professional to photograph your baby's first year.

Newborn sessions are best within the first two weeks after birth (5-14 days old). During this time, newborns are super sleepy. If they have a full belly and are tired, they typically don’t mind being moved around without waking. They are more likely to prefer to curl up into the ‘womb-like’ positions they are used to and stay asleep for longer stretches.  It is not only the ideal time to pose your baby in the curly, squishy poses everyone loves, but to also capture natural portraits of stretching, yawning, and sleepy little smiles. This is a time to reflect on the true, untouched expression of your baby as themselves. Professional photographers who are experienced working with newborns know how to capture this special time in an artful and beautiful way.

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It is best to contact a photographer while you are pregnant so you have time to plan and prepare before your baby arrives! 

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After the newborn stage, the next age for baby portraits is around 3-4 months old. This is when babies have good head control for adorable tummy time images! This is a great stage to photograph because they are still so very ‘baby’ but are laughing and smiling and starting to show their true personality. Babies at this age tire quickly so you can easily capture adorable sleeping baby photos at this age as well.

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The 6 month to 9 month range is a fantastic time for milestone portraits. Right when baby is able to sit up unassisted, but they are not yet crawling, is ideal. Babies are so giggly, smiley and easily amused at this age by everything around them.  If your baby is not yet sitting on their own, it’s best to wait another month or two until they are comfortable sitting. They also love exploring and grabbing their feet and hands. This is such a happy stage for baby!

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Of course, the First Birthday is a milestone that is so important! You and your baby are celebrating your first year together! At 12 months old, your baby is becoming a toddler. They are doing all sorts of activities at this stage.  It is a fun time to capture them standing on their feet, clapping, walking, laughing, and just being silly with all that is around them. Since a birthday calls for cake, photographing your baby eating their first birthday cake usually results in some hilariously messy and memorable photos!

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Danielle Sara Photography specializes in all the stages of baby's first year our beautiful Rockville, Maryland studio! We also offer a baby's first year portrait package so you don't miss a moment.

Fashion Cake Smash Photography Session
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I’m so excited to share this fashion cake smash photography session! This was my first time creating a hand-drawn custom backdrop. I love the way it turned out!  I don't consider myself an artist when it comes to drawing, so creating this from scratch was stepping outside of my comfort zone.  I would love to do more backgrounds like this for my clients to make them truly one of a kind.  The subtle fashion sketches in the background were the perfect complement to this beautiful girl in her stylish dress! The cake was delicious, her outfit was adorable, and the whole outcome of this fashion cake smash theme cohesively came together. Cake smash sessions can have themes or be simple. We collaborate with our clients to make them anything you want them to be!

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We always start with pre-cake portraits. These can be in your favorite outfit for baby or something extra special. For this session, Mom brought a few favorite books to capture her first birthday milestone portraits. This sweet girl was all smiles when we turned on the music. Her grin and dancing were so cute!!

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Milestones are so important to capture and look back on with your little ones in the future. We love canvasses, framed photos or albums for one year session keepsakes to show off this once in a lifetime occasion.

Cake provided by Sweet DC.  Dresses from Little Trendsetter.

To plan and schedule your upcoming cake smash call us! We specialize in custom sessions and cute babies. We are excited to plan your cake smash photography session with you and your family!

An Adorable Watch Me Grow 6 Month Session for Beau!

We loved photographing baby Beau and his cuteness at his six month baby session in the studio. Big sister made a guest appearance so we could capture a few pictures of the two of them together. Their coordinated outfits are ridiculously adorable! Beau is part of our Watch Me Grow baby plan and we can't wait to see him in another six months for his one year smash session. Enjoy a few of our favorite images!

Green Splatter Paint First Birthday Cake Smash Session!

We had so much fun with Dylan in the studio for his first birthday session!  I photographed both him and his brother since they were newborns (so we had to sneak a few pictures in of big brother too). It's been so special watching them grow! His mom wanted the color green for his portraits and I love the unique way it turned out. Dylan absolutely smashed his cake and loved every minute of it, as you can see by his head first dive into the cake.  Check out the short behind the scenes video at the end of the post for a little preview of him smashing into his first birthday cake! first birthday

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