I love designing baby’s first year photo albums! It’s always so neat to see the developmental stages and age progression of a child through their first year of life. When I design albums, I like to keep things simple so that the portraits can be the main focus of the album (see album page designs later on in this post!).
What Kind of Album For Baby’s First Year?
This is a really personal question. Most parents I know end up with a couple different first year photo albums. For instance, we have one album containing the professional portraits, plus another “boxed” set of books that holds snapshots — one book for each of the first three years for our son.
When designing albums for my clients, I’ve found many prefer to have a series of albums, one for each of the baby’s first year sessions (i.e. newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 1 year). It’s really neat to have a set of coffeetable albums that you can display in the nursery (see also my post on Displaying Baby Photos in Your Home). Sometimes we’ll do an album for the newborn session, then another for the next three sessions, and a final one for the one year session. It really depends on what the parents want.
Baby’s First Year Photo Album
Here are some examples of portraits that have gone on to become fabulous album keepsakes for the new parents. First, an actual newborn photo album, created from the family’s newborn portrait session. This particular family chose to have their album designed with images from just the newborn portrait session, rather than a “true” baby’s first year concept. See the actual album design by watching the video below:
Another family whose baby I photographed did something similar, but wanted to include another milestone — mom’s maternity portraits! This video slideshow features the photos that went into their newborn photo album, but not the design itself:
You’ll notice with newborns, the setting is usually indoors (as in both examples above, the families came to my studio). It’s generally just easier to see baby when you don’t have to have her all bundled up in outdoor clothing! When a little older, though, I find that outdoors portraits work really well for families wanting to commemorate baby’s first year. Here’s a winter family portrait session that was planned specifically to welcome a not-quite-so-new addition to the family. Here are two favorite portraits, from the sessions I did to welcome each girl into the family. For the older sister we planned an outdoor summer session, so for the younger sister, we did the opposite – an outdoor winter session. Make sure to check out the images from each, as they are really adorable (and look great as albums!)
And finally, here’s another family who chose to do a series of albums, one for each of the sessions their child had throughout the first year of life. Her toddler portraits, taken at one year of age, show just how much little ones grow …and how quickly they grow up! These images below are a sampling from her sessions, which spanned from birth through the first year, plus an additional session at two years of age. I love how her albums turned out — what a great keepsake!
Include The Whole Family
My final thoughts on creating an album for baby’s first year? Make sure to include the whole family. Some of my favorite photos, both personally and for my clients, are the ones that include not just baby, but siblings and parents. It is another way to document your family from generation to generation (see what I mean by looking at the family’s separate newborn session: baby Ridge’s newborn portraits).
Here are some family portraits that did a great job of documenting a new addition to the family. Albums don’t have to exclude family members to be a “true” baby’s first year album. In fact, I prefer albums that include the whole family… and if you ask my toddler, I’m sure he will tell you that he likes looking at all the photos with his family in them too.
Celebrating Baby’s First Year
Here are some posts about celebrating baby’s first year. Links will open in a new window for your convenience.
- Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Baby’s First Year ~ Lemon Lime Adventures
- Baby’s 1st Birthday Party Activities ~ Makeovers & Motherhood
- How to Use Pinterest to Plan Baby’s First Birthday Party ~ Trust Me, I’m a Mom
- Big Brother/ Big Sister Party – getting siblings excited about the new baby ~ Mom Favorites
- Simple 1st Birthday Party Ideas ~ Bare Feet on the Dashboard
- Piper’s First Birthday Celebration ~ Conceiving Piper
- Five ideas for an “original” first birthday – La Cité des Vents
- Monkey Smash Cake for Baby’s First Birthday ~ All Done Monkey
- Five ideas for an “original” first birthday ~ La Cité des Vents
- Tips for Taking Better Baby Photos ~ Happily Ever Mom
- Keeping Memories for Baby’s First Year ~ Powerful Mothering
- Making Memories Into a Movie ~ Conceiving Piper
- taking care of new parents
- feeding baby
- taking care of baby
- baby’s milestones
- baby play
- baby spaces
- celebrating baby
Check out the The Ultimate Guide to Baby’s First Year for a list of all the posts on each topic.