Capturing Baby Milestones on Camera

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It is so exciting to watch your child try something new for the first time. Milestones are a big part of growing up, and babies have *a lot* of growing to do in their first year. While looking for images to share with this post, I was reminiscing over so many fond memories and milestones. It’s amazing how quickly they grow, and how quickly we forget those things which were a given at the time.

I’m going to share some tips for capturing your baby milestones on camera, how to document the moments that will matter to you down the road. And you’ll see some snapshots from our son’s first year too!

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Choose a Camera You’ll Actually Use

Have a camera at the ready — seriously. I am so thankful that we invested in a nice pocket camera, a Canon G12 Digital Camera (#afflink), before our son was born. A lot of people ask me what camera I use to take photos of everyday milestones, and it’s interesting to observe how surprised they are when I don’t reply that I carry my DSLR and lenses with me. Yes, I love photography, but no, it doesn’t dominate my life. There are more important things in life (It’s The Little Things In Life).

I knew that the best camera for documenting my son’s milestones would be the one I could carry everywhere with me, one with a good battery life and self-contained lens so I wouldn’t have to worry about sensor dust or changing out lenses. More importantly, a pocket camera can go anywhere with you. There isn’t the temptation to leave it behind because it’s too big and bulky, and you can more discretely capture moments that matter to you. The best camera is one you will actually carry with you. And, bonus for me, the one we selected also does HD videos. Perfect for capturing baby’s first steps, or those adorable giggles and murmurs infants make.

Portraits of Baby’s First Year

When it comes to capturing baby milestones, there’s nothing quite like having professional portraits of your child’s first year. As much as I might be biased ๐Ÿ˜‰ — images like these speak to me in a unique way. Looking back, I’m glad we took the time to schedule in regular portrait sessions throughout our son’s first year. Click on any image below to view them as a gallery.

My Memories of Our Baby’s Milestones

So, back to my personal archives from our son’s first year. What memories stand out to me now? Frankly, most have blurred into a conglomeration of thankfulness, wonder, and parental pride. I don’t remember the specifics of each milestone, the dates new things were said or done. For that, I’d have to consult my baby’s first year calendar (#afflink), or peruse my snapshots to spur my memory.

Life is so full of new experiences, new discoveries — we have to be intentional about living in the present, and sometimes that means letting the past become faded and obscure. That’s why I’m grateful for the memories and milestones I’ve documented. The stories and snapshots I’ve saved from our son’s first year. They help us to remember those moments that were so amazing, that made us realize what a blessing it is to be parents.

What memories do I cherish? Remembering how tiny our son was, recalling those moments in the hospital when I finally got to meet the child who had been so wiggly inside the womb (may I add, nothing compared to #2 — what a wiggle worm!). As they grow, you forget how tiny newborns are, how peaceful a sleeping newborn looks, and how much you loved every stage of growth, every development and milestone.

We celebrated our son’s birth with in-hospital newborn portraits. I’d forgotten that we took him home on opening day — in a baseball onesie. Both sets of grandparents came to visit us at home, as did countless other friends and relatives. We were showered with love and food, support in the ways we needed it most.

Our son held his first toy on our living room floor. He didn’t like being on his tummy once he accidentally rolled over for the first time. He smiled so much we called him Mr. Smiles. We built our deck while our son “supervised” from his stroller (one of the few times we used it). He was a trooper for his first plane trip, when we visited friends in DC. His baptism was held on our newly built deck, with friends and family in attendance. Learning to sit, stand, first steps — we have snapshots of them all. So many memories, and so few words to describe them. That’s the reason I love photographs. They bring the emotions and memories of a moment back to the forefront of your mind, allow you to experience the joy and wonder once again.

And what’s more, kids love looking at pictures of themselves as babies. While I was gathering these images, my son was giggling in delight at the photos, telling me about what was going on in each one, and asking me questions. Click on any image below to view them as a gallery.

What Milestones Will You Document?

What baby milestones do you see as being most important to you? Are there memories you’ve documented for each of your kids that you have been intentional about recreating?

Resources On Baby’s First Keepsakes, Moments, and Milestones

Here are some resources on capturing baby milestones, moments, and how to celebrate baby’s firsts throughout the year! Links will open in a new window for your convenience.

The Ultimate Guide to Baby's First YearThis post is part of The Ultimate Guide to Baby’s First Year — I’m one of 30+ blogs participating. Over the course of a week’s time, there will be posts on these topics:

  • 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.

13 Responses

  1. Englepappa

    Yes, there’s a lot of milestones, and you have captured them very well! Those studio photos are lovely!

    Our children love to watch pictures from when they was smaller. And video!

    Wish you a happy weekend.

  2. Betsy Finn

    Thanks — it was so tough to narrow down my snapshots for this post ๐Ÿ™‚ …on the plus side, my toddler is *still* talking about all those pictures and what he did when he was a baby. I think it will be good to help him get into big brother mentality too.

  3. I <3 this post, Betsy!!!!

  4. Mae

    I love the pictures. Brings back so many memories of time with my children.

  5. Betsy Finn

    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Amy! I love it too, but figured I was being a wee bit sentimental ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Mae. I love how looking at pictures of other peoples’ kids can bring back memories of our own kids. So cool!

  7. Meredith Elizabeth

    I just received a DSLR camera for my birthday. So I HAD to look at your post! Very nice pictures. I am especially sentimental since I was adopted and have no baby pictures. My son is fast turning 1 on monday! Sigh. It’s good and bad. Thanks for the good ideas.

  8. Betsy Finn

    Oh, that is wonderful, Meredith! I’m sure your son will have so many baby pictures to enjoy and cherish as he grows ๐Ÿ™‚

    Time never slows down, that’s for sure! My oldest nephew is in college already, I remember when… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Such wonderful photos! Thanks for the tips!

  10. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Melissa! Glad you found them helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Gorgeous photos! I wish I had taken more pictures of my second and third sons when they were littler, we have plenty of the oldest. It’s my goal to organize and print up more photos for the walls and to hang up. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linky! Pinned to our Small Victories Sunday linky board. You’ve been an awesome co-host and I appreciate it so much!

  12. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Tanya! Yeah, I’ll need to be intentional about making sure our second child gets equal photo opportunities ๐Ÿ˜‰ …I think it’s that whole first kid syndrome, huh? I’ve had fun seeing all the posts shared, that’s for sure!

  13. Kids Nook

    I bought my DSLR camera solely for the purpose of having good photos of my kids when they grow up. I knew nothing about camera’s and almost nothing about photography except framing :). I did however know that all of the photos of my first born which I took with a canon ixus turned up blurry.

    I regret I didn’t get it earlier cause now I have beautiful milestone photos of my daughter’s life but not so much of my son’s ๐Ÿ™