What To Expect From Your Milestone Session


Your baby is turning one and what better way to document it than with photos that will forever freeze this moment. Here is how to prep for your session and what to expect.

What To Expect From Your Milestone Session

One Year Birthday Photo Session

Houston Photographer

12 months of smiles, new discoveries, lost sleep, tears and kissed boo-boo’s. 12 months of joy.
Many families document this awesome milestone with a photo session- cake smash, themed session or simply some updated photographs. However you are thinking about documenting, there are some things to consider before your session.

How To Prepare For Your Milestone Session:

  • Decide if you want to base your milestone sessions on the age of your child or the new thing they’re doing at the time. Generally milestone sessions are scheduled at 3, 6, and/or 9 months. These ages generally correspond with pushing up (on tummy), sitting, and pulling up, but can vary widely by the child. It really doesn’t make a difference which type of milestone you would like to capture (age vs activity), just be prepared that they might not always sync up together and you’ll have to decide which is more important to you and your memories.

  • Set your expectations based on your child. If your child is shy around strangers, be willing to embrace that. Children under one can be very unpredictable— and that’s okay! (Especially after COVID) We’ll capture beautiful images no matter what your child is doing at the time.

  • Plan on a nap before your session.

  • Bring snacks for your finger food eaters! Sometimes shy little ones will really open up if you have a favorite snack handy.

  • Less is more when it comes to outfits. Try to keep outfits somewhat simple and bows/headbands/hats small. My general rule of thumb is to keep it no larger than a quarter of the size of her forehead.

  • Does your baby have a unique item that he/she likes? Bring it! Any special traits or funny faces that he/she makes? Tell me about it! I want to capture your child exactly how he/she is at the time!

  • Have fun! Stressed parents tend to lead to stressed babies. If your child is fussy or uncooperative— it’s okay! We will work through whatever the mood is and embrace the way they feel.

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About the Artist

Ashley Newman Photography is a Woodlands Family Photographer and Storyteller specializing in outdoor family photography. In addition to lifestyle family portraits, Ashley and her award-winning team offer day-in-the-life legacy sessions, outdoor maternity sessions, fresh 48 hospital portraits and in-home newborn photography. Ashley Newman Photography serves Montgomery county, North-Houston areas: The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Houston and Magnolia.

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