From the first days to the first steps, from the first smile to the first laugh, whether it’s the first favourite toy or their first tooth, baby’s first year is filled with some very moving moments. Capture them on camera and make a special album!
First year milestones
A great photo album has shots from a variety of situations... and there’s nothing more richly varied than baby’s first year. Record important milestones from the first 12 months, such as:
- First hours at the hospital with Mom, Dad and visitors
- Coming home and discovering a new environment: first crib, first sleep, first clothes, first toys, etc.
- First bath and meal
- First outing in the stroller
- First facial expressions: smiles, frowns, laughter
- First time baby grabs a toy, first stuffed animal
- First tooth
- Going to daycare: the centre, the teacher, the other children
- First steps: will baby be able to stand before his or her first birthday?
- First birthday cake
This is the hard part! It’s natural to think that every single moment you spend with baby deserves to be immortalized…but even though each shot might seem just as beautiful and unique as the next, it’s important to take a step back and select carefully. Try to be objective, as it will help you choose well-composed photos that complement each other. Read over the list of milestones above and include only two or three shots of each, if possible.
Format and style
Vertical, horizontal, square… an album of your baby’s first year can be in any format you like! It all depends on the pictures you’ve chosen and your personal taste.
You can use a scrapbook-style layout for an artistic look or opt for a more classic style with clean lines. We suggest alternating between the two for something truly original. Like in a comic book, a little variation will make baby’s story even more captivating.
Telling baby’s story
Remember that the album you’re creating will one day be placed in the hands of your little one so that he or she can relive their first year. This means that chronological order is best. Adding dates is a great option, as it creates a timeline to accompany baby’s story. Don’t forget to include shots with all the people that shared in the joy of the first 12 months. Photos with brothers and sisters, grandparents, cousins, and friends from daycare will make for great memories later on. Keep one page blank for baby’s footprint or handprint. Finally, to be sure you’re telling a great story, include a variety of compositions: portraits, close-ups, wider angles, colour and black-and-white shots, big and small sizes, etc.