I have Kimie of Kimie Pruessner Photography on the blog today. I am a lover of everything DIY so I hope you enjoy this!
Hey everybody! First, thank you to Regina for having me on the blog this morning! I'm SO happy to share these tips with all of you (please visit my blog if you want more tips on how to take better pictures of your kids).
Just like Regina, I'm not just a photographer but also a mommy--and that means that I know, first hand, how much you want to remember every little stage your infant goes through in those first couple years.
Taking a month-by-month photo is an AWESOME way to make sure that you document the details of each stage. Sharing the photos via social media and/or a personal blog gives you a little platform to jot down any essential tidbits you don't want to forget (favorite foods, number of teeth, new signs/words, etc).
There are a few tips that will really help you do this.
Tip 1 - Buy all the outfits at the beginning.
This is easily managed with online shopping. The particular style of outfit isn't important (though I prefer something simple). Whatever you choose, make sure you can purchase it in every size (from NB or 3 months all the way up to 12 months or 24 months) up to the age you plan to stop.
Tip 2 - Pick a location you can easily use every single month.
Don't put baby in the middle of the sparkling clean nursery to take this picture. You do NOT want to have to clean a room every time you take this picture. On a couch by some natural window light is perfect. If you think you might move houses, then using a piece of furniture you know you'll keep is extra important.
Tip 3 - Aim for the same date, every month.
If baby was born on June 15th, for example, aim to take the picture on the 15th of every month. That will help you to make sure it actually gets done. Mark it on the calendar so you don't forget. If that date slides by while you're on vacation, it's no problem to take the picture a little early or a little late. But having that date circled on your calendar will help ensure you take the picture somewhere close to it.
If your baby isn't cooperating, that's okay. Take the picture anyways -- it represents the reality of that moment. You'll have hundreds, if not thousands of smiling pictures of your child by the time they graduate high school. A few crying pictures here and there help you remember the reality of being a mommy to a little person whose whole world can crash because of a missed nap.
Tip 4 - Include something for size reference.
...But DON'T SWEAT IT if it gets lost. Keep taking the monthly pictures. The stuffed animal may turn back up, or it may not. The important thing is that you keep getting that picture taken, each month.
Tip 5 - Use a free website to make your collages.
Picmonkey.com is just wonderful for this. It absolutely does not get easier or more straight-forward. I HIGHLY recommend saving the text on the picture each month. It will make a world of difference in how quickly you will be able to fill the pictures into a collage if the "# months" is actually a part of the image. I found this out about halfway through my first child's month-by-month project, and it saved me a TON of time, especially in those last 12 months.
Tip 6 - Print those babies out!
I absolutely believe in the value of printed photos. Make a book or print them and paste them into one of those "Baby's First Year" journal-type books, but for heaven's sake -- print these pictures! You will never, never regret taking these--but you may very well forget that you took them someday if you don't actually print them.