First Birthday Cake Smash – Brooklyn Park Baby Photographer
Posted: March 13, 2024
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About Alicea

Alicea is a Professional Photographer specializing in newborn, baby and maternity portraiture out of Minneapolis, MN. She lives in Maple Grove with her husband, son and rescue pup, Masha. Her hobbies include reading, photography, gardening, trivia games and on occasion jamming to 90's rock and hip-hop; mostly while cleaning the house.

If you’re looking for a Brooklyn Park Baby Photographer, don’t hesitate to reach out to me for your baby’s milestone photos! Baby milestone photos can take place anytime in your baby’s first year, but often most milestones are photographed at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months.

Why? Because babies hit some major milestones around these times.

At 3 months old, your baby is getting a handle on tummy time and developing those strong neck and back muscles. Getting ample tummy time in during the day is a great exercise for your baby! Holding that big head up is one of the first developmental milestones your baby will master.

Around 3-4 months old is also when your baby will start smiling back at you at something that actually makes them happy! I remember the first time my son smiled when he was 3 months old. His dad was playing with him with a toy he loved at the time and he gave him a great big smile. Of course, having my camera at the ready, I caught that magic moment in time!

Another milestone your baby may or may not hit is rolling over. Usually, they roll over from their tummy to their back since it’s easier for them to push off on their arm. Roling from their back to their tummy takes place a little later as a little more muscle and coordination are involved.

At 6 months old your baby will start to sit up on their own using new muscles in their legs and back. Most babies need a little help with this using a boppy pillow or something for them to propped up on. Over time and with practice every day, those muscles start to develop and get a little stronger and soon they can lose the pillow. They might “tripod” for a while using one arm to keep them upright until they are strong enough to stay up for a long time.

They’ll usually start to sit up completely unassisted around 7-8 months old and this is when I advise my clients to schedule their baby photography session. Also around this time, your baby will start to crawl! Time to put up those baby gates, baby door locks, and locks on the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors and drawers.

The next major milestone happens around 8-10 months when your baby will start to pull themselves up to a standing position holding on to furniture. This is known as “cruising”. My son used to love to pull books down from the bookshelves at this stage! It might be time to put things out of reach for a while.

Here’s a fun fact for ya! Did you know babies’ kneecaps are only made of cartilage until around age 2?

Soon your little one will be walking! But that’s ok if they’re not quite yet. And remember every baby develops at their own pace. Have you ever seen an adult just crawling along on the floor? No silly. All babies walk and talk eventually – when they’re good and ready.

The last milestone is the First Birthday at 12 months old! Some babies are walking and doing a little bit of talking and some aren’t and that’s perfectly ok. Whatever your baby is doing at that age, it’s worth documenting with milestone baby photos.

Here’s a share from a recent First Birthday Cake Smash session with me, a Brooklyn Park Baby Photographer. I have a studio located in Brooklyn Park and it’s a perfect little spot for baby and family photos.

We started with family photos and then some portraits of mom with baby and dad with baby. Mom brought a few outfits for her little man, too, sticking to the same colors we’ve used for his newborn photos, 4 month photos, 8 month photos and now his one year photos.

We ended with a cake smash using the beautiful balloon garland mom made and brought to the studio. How cute is that?

I just love these images and I’ve had such a great time working with this family over the past year! If you’d like images just like these for your baby photo album or your walls at home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me today!

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