Milestone Session Prep Guide - Tonya Hurter Photography

3-10 Month Milestone Sessions


Scheduling your baby's session after nap time is crucial to a happy baby.  Almost every time that a parent thinks baby will sleep in the car and be fine at the session proves to me that it's not wise for baby.  They come in from being woken up and are not too happy about that or they don't fall asleep like they normally do.  I highly suggest doing a normal nap time (your baby's normal) and then coming straight to the session or doing an earlier morning session right after you wake up.  Schedule the time of day your baby is happiest!

Styling Your Baby's Session

We do three for naked time, one for an outfit you bring, and one for a sitter outfit or tutu that is provided in the studio. I have bow ties, tutus, sunglasses, and little outfits that are adorable.  For the boys, a great third outfit can be jeans with the bow ties or another outfit you choose if you'd like. 

Click here for a link to the gallery of what I have in studio for backdrops, outfits, and props.  There are more being added all the time.

1 Year Sessions - Portraits, Cake Smashes & Splashes

1 Year Birthday Sessions! 

In the studio - 

1 year old sessions will include either

*Portraits with two backgrounds with one outfit on one simple background and another outfit on a themed background, or

*Portrait & Food Smash on two backgrounds with one outfit on one simple background and another outfit on a themed background, or

*Smash & Splash (water in a little tub) on one one themed background. Sessions include two outfits supplied by the client or client can choose from the Studio Wardrobe.

Planning your session    

*To prepare baby, let them play in mashed potatoes or some kind of mushy food before the cake.  Also give baby cake or a cupcake a couple times before the cake smash.  The sugary icing is a shock and often parents will be disappointed when baby isn't interested at all because they've never had it before.  There is a much better chance of a successful smash if your baby has touched it and tasted it before!  

*Bring some puffs or cheerios and if they aren't digging into the cake, we will put some of those in the back and then they usually dig in.

*Baby is best after nap time or early in the morning, shortly after they've been awake.

*You will be doing some running back and forth. The babies love to give us some great exercise by running/crawling off and on the floor. They can be super busy.

*I have cute chairs, furs, bowls, and benches that I incorporate and that can be helpful to keeping them still. Props like little sunglasses, bow ties, tutus, pearls, and more are always welcome. 

*I have a wonderful baker that I work with.  Depending on how complex the cakes are, they range from $15-$30.    

 *If you don't want to do cake, we could do watermelon, spaghetti, fruit, pizza, tacos...anything you know will be fun for your baby!

 *Come with clothes you don't mind getting messy because you WILL get messy too! You are welcome to clean baby off in the studio bath tub or sink.

Theme & Color Ideas are HERE.

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