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First Birthday Milestone Photoshoot: Ideas and Inspiration

As a professional photographer, I have witnessed the joy and excitement that comes with capturing the first birthday milestone of a child. It’s an important occasion for parents to celebrate their baby’s growth and development. Being able to freeze these precious moments in time through photographs is truly priceless.

At this stage, your little one may not be able to sit upright or stand on their own, but there are still plenty of creative ways to capture their personality and milestones. In this article, I will share some ideas and inspiration for a timeless style first birthday photoshoot. Additionally, I will introduce all the props that can be used for first birthday and baby pictures, including my client closet which offers access to 100+ pieces of kids’ clothing and accessories such as hats, bows, diaper covers, and hair bands. Let’s get started!

Props for a First Birthday Photoshoot

Props can add an extra touch of cuteness and personality to your baby’s first birthday photoshoot. But it’s important to choose them wisely, as they should complement the overall theme and not overpower the focus on your little one.

Here are some popular prop ideas for a 1st birthday photoshoot:

  • Cake: A cake smash session is a fun and messy way to celebrate your baby’s 1st birthday. You can either bake or order a cake in a color that complements the outfit or theme of the photoshoot. I also have an artificial cake that is almost used in ALL of my cakesmash sessions.
  • Balloons: Nothing says celebration like balloons! They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, making them perfect for any themed photoshoot.
  • Letters/Numbers: Large letters or numbers can represent your baby’s age and add a personalized touch to the photos. Ask me all forms and sizes of number props that I have for birthday themes!
  • Toys: Incorporating your child’s favorite toys in the photoshoot is a great way to capture their personality and interests at this stage. It also makes them feel more comfortable and engaged during the session.
  • Props related to the theme: If you have chosen a specific theme for the 1st birthday photoshoot, you can use props related to it. For example, a nautical-themed shoot could include a boat or anchor prop for navy families.
  • Family heirlooms: Including sentimental items such as a special blanket or jewelry passed down through generations can make the photoshoot more meaningful.

How to Prepare for a First Birthday Photoshoot

Now that you have some prop ideas, it’s important to know how to prepare for the actual photoshoot. Here are some tips:

  • Choose the right time: Schedule the photoshoot at a time when your baby is well-rested and in a good mood. This will make it easier to capture genuine expressions.
  • Outfits: Choose comfortable and cute outfits that complement the theme or props. Avoid clothes with large logos or characters, as they can be distracting. I have a huge client closet for babies and kids and moms – so please ask!
  • Feed your baby before the session: A well-fed baby is a happy baby! Make sure to feed your little one before the photoshoot so that they are not fussy during it.
  • Bring bribes: It’s always a good idea to bring extra bribes for little ones! Lollipops are always a safe option! Anything that doesn’t stain is a good option.
  • Relax and have fun: Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy this special milestone with your little one. Don’t worry about getting the perfect shot – just let your child be themselves and capture their unique personality.

How clients can access my client closet


As a professional photographer, I understand that it can be overwhelming to prepare for a photoshoot with a little one. That’s why I offer my clients access to my client closet, where they can choose from over 100 pieces of kids’ clothing and accessories.

This not only saves parents time and money, but also ensures that the outfits fit well and complement the overall theme of the photoshoot. My client closet includes a variety of sizes, styles, and colors to suit different preferences.

With this added convenience, parents can focus on enjoying the photoshoot with their child, knowing that they have access to quality props and outfits. I take pride in providing a stress-free and enjoyable experience for my clients.

Different Styles of a 1st Birthday Photoshoot

When it comes to first birthday photoshoots, there’s a world of creativity waiting to be explored! One popular approach is themed photoshoots, where the celebration takes on a specific theme like dinosaurs, princesses, mermaids, or beloved characters from Sesame Street.

These themed photoshoots often involve elaborate costumes, colorful backdrops, and themed props to create a whimsical and enchanting atmosphere. They’re perfect for parents who want to add an extra element of fun and fantasy to their little one’s special day. What kinds of themes that you have in mind? Feel free to share with me during our phone call or consultation.

On the other hand, there’s the un-themed or timeless style approach. This style focuses more on capturing the essence of the baby’s personality and milestone moment rather than adhering to a specific theme. It often features a minimalist aesthetic with clean, neutral backgrounds or simple setups like a white backdrop adorned with balloons and banners.

This style allows the baby to take center stage, showcasing their adorable smiles, chubby cheeks, and playful expressions without any distractions. It’s ideal for parents who prefer a more classic and timeless look that will stand the test of time and never go out of style.

Whether you opt for a themed extravaganza or a timeless minimalist approach, the goal remains the same: to capture the joy, love, and magic of your baby’s first birthday in photographs that you’ll cherish for years to come. If you asked me what would be my go-to style, this would be it!

Why You Should Invest in a First Birthday Photoshoot

Investing in a first birthday photoshoot is worth every penny for the memories and keepsakes you will have to cherish forever. As parents, we all want to capture every moment of our child’s growth and development, and a professional photoshoot is the perfect way to freeze these precious moments in time.

It also allows you to focus on enjoying the special milestone with your child, rather than worrying about capturing the perfect shot. A professional photographer will have the skills and experience to capture genuine and beautiful moments that you can treasure for a lifetime.

Plus, with access to a client closet, you don’t have to stress about preparing props and outfits. It adds convenience and ensures that your child looks their best in the photos.


Choose Light & Grace Photography for Your Baby’s First Birthday Photoshoot

At Light & Grace Photography, we specialize in capturing timeless and memorable moments for your family. We understand the importance of celebrating your child’s first birthday and strive to make it a stress-free and enjoyable experience.

With access to our client closet, you can choose from a variety of props and outfits to personalize the photoshoot. Our professional photographer will work with you to ensure that your vision is brought to life in the photographs.

Don’t miss out on capturing this special milestone of your child’s first birthday. Contact us today to book your photoshoot and create lasting memories for your family. So, whether you’re looking for a classic or themed photoshoot, Light & Grace Photography has you covered.


What are some first birthday photoshoot ideas for my baby’s birthday celebration?

There are endless possibilities for a first birthday photo session! You can choose a birthday theme based on your baby’s favorite cartoon character, or go with something classic like a fairytale or animal theme. Incorporating birthday decorations such as balloons, banners, and props can add a fun element to the photos. Some parents like to include a cake smash, where the birthday baby gets to have so much fun digging into their own mini cake, resulting in some truly adorable pictures!

What should my baby wear for their first birthday photos?

Outfit ideas for a first birthday shoot can range from a simple onesie with the number one on it, to more elaborate outfits that match the birthday theme. Some parents opt for a formal outfit for a portion of the session, and then switch to a cute, casual outfit for the cake smash. Remember, comfort is key – you want your baby to be happy and at ease during the photo session. Don’t forget to bring your baby to the studio for the consultation session and try on some outfits!

How can I capture candid moments during my baby’s first birthday party?

A great way to capture candid moments during the birthday party is to hire a professional photographer who specializes in birthday photography. They’ll know how to blend into the background and capture genuine moments of laughter, surprise, and joy. Another option is to set up a DIY photo booth with props where guests can take their own fun photos.

Can I incorporate my family into the first birthday photo session?

Absolutely! All immediate family members are included in the session with no extra charge! Including family members in the first birthday photo session adds a personal touch and captures the love and joy shared by everyone. You can take group shots, individual parent-baby photos, and even include siblings. This is not just a celebration of your baby turning one, but also a celebration of you surviving the first year of parenthood!


In conclusion, celebrating your child’s first birthday with a photoshoot is a special and meaningful way to capture their growth and personality. By following these tips and considering the benefits, you can ensure that the photoshoot is stress-free, enjoyable, and results in high-quality photographs.

Don’t hesitate to invest in this precious moment – contact Light & Grace Photography to book your first birthday photoshoot today. We look forward to helping you create lasting memories for your family! As a professional photographer, I am dedicated to providing my clients with a positive and personalized experience. I strive to capture genuine and beautiful moments that will be treasured for years to come.

Thank you for considering Light & Grace Photography for your first birthday photoshoot. I can’t wait to help you celebrate this special milestone with your child!

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