Being a baby photographer, I routinely shoot milestone sessions. These sessions are typically scheduled at the 3-6-9-12 month mark or 4-8-12 month mark. When Intuition Backgrounds told me they were releasing a line of Milestone Blankets, I knew I had to get my hands on them. I mean, how fun to TRULY have a Grow-With-Me backdrop to document a precious baby’s milestones throughout his or her first year (even higher depending on these designs).
Because I’m a “list” kind of gal – I’m going to list what I really love about the new Milestone Blankets from Intuition Backgrounds:
As we all know, babies can be very fickle and particular about how they want to sit, land, lay etc. Often times once they learn to roll over they do NOT want to stay put on their back. They’re little busy bodies, so what’s the best way to shoot these to get maximum use throughout their milestones?
I recommend using the backdrop as a floor drop anytime from 0-12 months of age. 5 months and younger is a really great age to utilize the drop on the floor and get overhead photographs. You can do this with or without props, bowls etc. If you decide to pose the baby without a prop, you should always place something soft under the backdrop for protection. For sitters who don’t want to lay on their back, you can get a great shot by having them sit by the numbers and looking straight up at your camera. It really accentuates their eyes and documents their beautiful milestone of sitting unassisted.
I recommend using the backdrop as a wall backdrop anytime from a sitter on. Many babies do not like to lay on their back, so it’s always a good option to have the backdrop on the wall. I love using a vintage highchair, the babe is secured and I still get to see the milestones behind them. I also love the look of having a sitter on a coordinating floor drop or flokati with the milestone blanket on the wall. It’s a great option for those little ones who are not on the move quite yet.
Lauren Kelly is a portrait photographer in Southeast Louisiana who specializes in motherhood, newborn, baby & child portraiture.
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