Milestone Sessions | What to Expect

 

I LOVE capturing babies’ milestones, whether it’s a six month session (documenting their new skill of sitting), a first birthday session (watching them smash their favorite food), or any milestone in-between! What exactly goes on during a baby milestone session? Here’s a breakdown, from planning to image delivery:

Baby Milestone Session, Sitter Session, Smash Cake Session - Peoria, Arizona | Lauren Iwen Photography

To begin planning your baby’s milestone session I’ll send you a style questionnaire. This helps me plan what outfits to set out, what colors I should feature, props to use, ect. I spend hours brainstorming, Pinteresting (yea, I made that a verb), and preparing for your baby’s session so that every detail is perfect!

When you arrive, we get started right away! Once baby is dressed in his/her first outfit, I turn on some Raffi, get out my favorite noisy rattles, and start getting silly! Mom (or dad) is put on Tip Patrol during sitter sessions. This means you’ll be sitting right next to your baby (just out of frame) and prepared to dive in if she starts to tip over from all of the excitement. For babies who are more stable and don’t require a spotter, parents will be in charge of standing behind me and acting nutty to get the best giggles out of your little one!

I typically shoot fast during milestone sessions and keep things moving along quickly. Babies are unpredictable, and although my sessions can last up to an hour, some babies (a lot of babies) only last 15-30 minutes. I highly recommend doing a cake smash for one year sessions, because it helps keep baby occupied and engaged for a longer period. But, sometimes a quick break with snacks and snuggles helps us get a few more minutes and images out of our session.

A sneak peek of your baby’s milestone session will be posted within 48 hours and the full image gallery is sent within two weeks.

Milestone sessions are SO FUN and having these memories preserved from the first year is priceless.

Baby Milestone Session, Sitter Session, Smash Cake Session - Peoria, Arizona | Lauren Iwen Photography