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What is the best age for baby photos?

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New parents often ask me what is the best age for baby photos for their baby. As a photographer specialized in childbirth and baby, I can tell you there are different ways of deciding over a baby photo shoot according to your baby’s age. In fact, it all depends on your wishes but I can only advise you on making multiple baby photo shoots following baby’s growth to see how much your baby has grown during the first years of life. In this post, I will explain you what are the various baby photo shoots according to your baby’s age so that you can decide, by yourself, what is the best age for baby photos.

What is the best age for baby photos?

Newborn photo shoot

As I was telling you in the introduction, the best age for baby photos only depends on what you want. The first baby photoshoot that can be done is the newborn photoshoot. This newborn photoshoot requires a booking as it is scheduled between 4 to 15 days after childbirth. Once again, as a specialist photographer in newborn photography, I have acquired a technical expertise for numerous years, which allows me to extend this newborn photoshoot until the age of 1 month old babies by adapting the newborn photoshoot to your baby’s abilities (examples: 1-month old baby photo shoot of Monira and baby photo session at 1 month old of Alexandre).


This session is a baby photo at home exclusively so that you can freely rest and the family can enjoy this unique moment. Less frequently, I have also made some baby photos at the maternity 1 day after childbirth. To know more about newborn photos, please read the page newborn photographer. If you want to see examples of newborn photo shoots, explore the newborn blog category.

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Baby photo shoot (2 to 6 months)

If you were not able to make newborn photos right after childbirth, do not wait any further to capture your baby’s beauty in pictures. Indeed, some parents have been surprised that some photographers do not make any baby photo before 6 months after childbirth, which is not the case at LunaCat Studio. Here, I love baby photos between 2 to 6 months, which allows a completely new and complementary approach to newborn photos.

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At the age of 2 to 6 month old, baby is evolving fastly and goes from newborn stage to a bigger baby. You see more awake time for your baby, he holds his head, can roll on the side, starts taking objects and more interestingly his feet, makes smiles and baby facial expressions and emotions, and your baby plays with great enthousiasm.

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It is also a privileged moment to highlight the special relationship between parents and baby through more lively family pictures than for the newborn photo shoot by using games. This baby photo shoot can either take place at home or outdoors, weather permitting. For more examples of baby photos between 2 to 6 month old, you can go to the blog category baby or specifically to Orphée’s 6 month old baby photo and Alexandre & Yvan’s baby photo shoot.

Baby photo shoot (6 to 12 months)

At an age from 6 to 12 months, your baby becomes a “big baby”. Indeed, baby keeps growing, he is sitting, crawling and begins to stand and to walk with help. Playing with parents is important and, once again, as a baby photographer, I capture this privileged relationship that I love emphasing in natural style photo to immortalize your family’s beauty.

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If your baby has siblings, I also love including them to show complicity and love they feel together while playing and making tricks. As an example, see Amandine’s baby photoshoot at 10 months old and Iris’ 1 year old baby photoshoot with her parents.

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1 year baby photo shoot (birthday)

The first year of baby is a special moment for baby’s parents and it is a pleasure for me to accompany you to immortalize your baby’s first birthday.

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Baby’s first birthday photos are done during a 6-12 month old baby photoshoot but also, alternatively, during a special birthday photoshoot. You can look at Tessa-Rose 1 year old baby photo shoot on the blog.

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And after: family and kid photo shoot

After baby’s first birthday (or even before), I usually offer a family and kid photo shoot outdoors to enjoy playing outside with your child. I strongly suggest making a family photo shoot each year to gradually extend your family photo heirloom.

Your baby will only thank you when looking at these family pictures years after they have been taken. A family photo shoot is a real pleasure game for kids and, as a photographer specialized in childhood, I know it is the only efficient way to obtain natural-looking and joyful images of your family, thus reflecting the family members’ relationships. To learn more about family photo shoots, please refer to the blog category family.

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Maria K. Niezgoda Azanha 20 March 2019 - 14 h 19 min

Very interesting article Cathy! Along with having gorgeous talent you´ve got your knowledge! Very valuable!

LunaCat Studio photographe Lausanne 20 March 2019 - 15 h 15 min

Thanks Maria for your comment and for your compliment, I really appreciate you like my baby photography!

Samantha 20 March 2019 - 15 h 30 min

This is great info! I’ll have to check back when I have kids!

LunaCat Studio photographe Lausanne 20 March 2019 - 15 h 36 min

Thanks for your comment Samantha, I am happy you find interesting to know what is the best age to make baby photos!

Everydaydonia 20 March 2019 - 18 h 20 min

Oh heavens i think all baby fotos are fantastic, and i love how you divided it into age groups. My heart just melts for all baby fotos. Nice post

MogulHQ 21 March 2019 - 17 h 38 min

This is a great write up and thank you for capturing some fantastic moments to share with us. We will be back soon :)

Ashlee 23 March 2019 - 1 h 34 min

Thanks for sharing this post! I have recently been looking into newborn shoots and baby photos. The photos are great and making me really broody – haha (:


Tara 23 March 2019 - 1 h 43 min

I hate that I never got any cute newborn photos professionally done. I took lots of photos myself, but really wish I had the beautiful pro ones.

Lisa @ Midwest Glam 23 March 2019 - 8 h 47 min

Very informative article. I love all of the photo shoots! They look like so much fun.

Lambam 23 March 2019 - 18 h 07 min

THis is such a nice post ! I enjoyed reading how baby pictures work especially from an expert like you . Thank you for sharing.

Laura 23 March 2019 - 20 h 56 min

OMG! This is the cutest post! All the babies look adorable :) I can’t wait to have one of my own x


Vivienne 24 March 2019 - 4 h 58 min

These pictures are all so cute! I wished I had the sense in making a photo shoot appointment for me and my son when he was a baby and on his first birthday.

Janiel Green 24 March 2019 - 18 h 28 min

WOW! Very impressed by all of your pics of kids! It is so hard to get good photos of kids, especially at those young ages. I just died over the balloons and the pink little Tootoo dress on that girl. So adorbs.

Kristen 25 March 2019 - 2 h 49 min

These are amazing tips! I know so many new moms that could use this article. Will be sharing!

Nafisa 28 March 2019 - 5 h 24 min

That’s very interesting topic you discussed. Love those beautiful pictures of babies too


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