Hello!!! And welcome to the last day of Photo Week. You guys, my baby just turned 8 months old. Where has the time gone?! I can’t be too sad because he is so fun! And into everything. He loves nothing more than to explore. His favorites? The dog food and water bowl and doors. So exciting! Haha! When Don was born, I decided to take a monthly photo of him so I could see his growth at the end of the year. So every month, I set up a little photo shoot area and take a million pictures of my monkey.
Here are some tips so you can do the same:
How to Do a Monthly Growth Photo for your Baby-
- Gather inspiration. Pinterest has so many great ideas! Below are the two inspiration photos that I used to create mine
2. Choose the elements you will have in every shot. I use a rocking elephant (from Pottery Barn kids), chalkboard, and furry rug from Ikea. Using the same elements each time will really highlight your baby’s growth
3. Choose the location. I take the picture in Don’s nursery against his wallpapered wall. Pick somewhere with a background you like and can consistently use for a year
4. Choose the clothes. I am dressing my baby up in all white. I have seen people just put their baby in a white onesie or diaper or they switch it up each month
5. Choose a way to document their age. The most common ways I have seen are with a chalkboard (like what I am doing) or with a onesie with a number on the front. Or you can edit each photo to add their age. Just do something or you will forget and it will be just another cute photo of your baby.
6. Be consistent with the filter. I wish I would have used the same filter on all of my images and may go back and edit them all at once so at the end of the year they are the same. You just want to make it as easy as possible to compare how they have changed from month to month.
There you have it! It’s pretty easy to do and I think my baby will love looking back on them one day. I figure he will never change physically so much in a year as this one! And yes, I did stare at these too long and got sad at how big he is- haha #sillymom
p.s. I complied lots of inspiration photos for these monthly growth photos on my Pinterest board: