The first year of a child’s life brims with milestones. It’s a whirlwind, a rush of firsts. Every smile and change mark the passage of time. Despite the sleepless nights and bouts of colic, the joy of these moments stands out. As the rapid transition from infancy to childhood unfolds, parents seek ways to hold onto these fleeting memories. Many choose professional child photography around their child’s first birthday. As a parent, I understand the preciousness of these photographs. They become invaluable as time races by and the baby grows.
Some parents prefer the intimacy of photo reportage. They invite me into their homes. I capture the child in their natural setting. Reportage requires non-intrusive observation of a typical day. I engage with my little subjects before starting to make them comfortable. The result is candid pictures.
“Reportage-style Child Photography is like visual storytelling.“
However, this method presents challenges. Ideal conditions are rare. Children seldom sit still in perfect light. This makes studio photoshoots a popular choice.
Most children enjoy studio visits. They interact with props like balloons or toys. They love the attention. Some explore the new surroundings. All eventually settle for the camera. Take Mateo for example. His first-year photoshoot happened in the studio. He was fascinated by everything. His calm demeanor allowed for capturing his delightful grin and sparkling eyes.
Whether at home or in the studio, my goal is to capture the child’s essence. A shy withdrawal, a happy laugh, a tentative smile – all are important. They help to tell the story of this person.
“Child photography is about emotions, not actions.“
To me, studio photography is as captivating and candid as reportage. Child photography is not just a job for me. It’s part of creating a historical record. Both parents and children will look back at these photos, frozen between wonder and limitless possibility. They serve as poignant reminders of a cherished time in life.