We are always asked especially by first time parents, “what are the best ages to have my child photographed?”
Every age is truly unique however there are definitely stages in a child’s life that really stand out.
Tiny Stage: a portrait with your newborn is just precious and so important to capture especially as a family. It’s amazing how quickly we forget how tiny our babies were at that age. We’ve seen newborns as young as 7 days old.
First Year: between the ages of 3 months to a year old your child’s abilities will change dramatically! From laying on their backs to rolling over on their bellies. From sitting up on their own to standing on their feet. Each stage should be captured!
Toddler Stage: the ages between 1-3 is when our children develop their personalities. Oh such a fun age of curiosity and imagination! One of our favorite ages to capture. It’s definitely a challenge but so rewarding!
Big Kid Stage: what a special time to have an heirloom portrait taken. During this time period (ages 4-7) children become themselves; their true personality appears. Along with their personality, their facial features (even though young looking) will be the same from here on out. This is also a great time to have a family portrait taken. Every family should have a portrait done when their child is young then right before they go off to college.
Tween/Teen Stage: this is the most overlooked and forgotten age to capture. Most parents look at their teens and relate it to the most awkward stage ever. Of course it is!! This is probably the most difficult age for any family. The emotional roller coasters we all go through especially the kids. However it’s really such a fun stage to capture. As a child becomes a teen we like to showcase their style and uniqueness especially when it comes to hair, clothing, and hobbies.
High school senior: it’s a right of passage graduating from high school. This is a must to capture! Along with an individual portrait, this is the perfect age to capture a family portrait. We always tell parents that this is really the last time to capture their family because most kids go off to college and bring back a significant other. Then family dynamics change.
Can you image watching your child grow right before your eyes each time you look at all these portraits hanging on your walls? All those memories come flooding back with each stage of their lives. We only have a small amount of time with each child but if captured in portraits we will have those memories for life.