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!

My sessions are very simply styled. My studio is setup with a huge white backdrop and floor to ceiling white curtains. To make your baby’s session unique we can add sweet floral details, a specially designed cake (ask me for baker referrals!), or a prop from my studio collection.

When you arrive, we get started right away! I love starting with a simple white onesie or diaper cover, to make sure your baby is the focal point. A second outfit is encouraged and can be chosen from my studio wardrobe.

During sitter sessions, parents have a very important job as a spotter. I encourage all parents to wait to schedule sitter sessions until baby is stable when sitting unsupported (but before s/he starts crawling), but I always have mom or dad sit just out of frame as a precaution. During first birthday sessions, because babies are typically much more stable and don’t require a spotter, parents will be in charge of standing behind me and acting silly to get the best giggles out of babe!

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 shared within 48 hours and the full image gallery is emailed within two weeks.

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

Studio Milestone Baby Portrait Photography - Peoria, Arizona | Lauren Iwen Photography