Happy Graduation – From Newborn to First Birthday


Happy Graduation.

Recently, I was asked if I prefer to photograph more weddings or children. The truth is, I like both but for very different reasons. I like weddings for spontaneity of the life event and I enjoy working with kids b/c children are unpredictable and hundred percent authentic. Child will smile when is happy, cry when is sad. Child rarely can fake the emotion and what we get is genuine reactions. Its this unpredictability that is both fun and is a big challenge we face at every session.

Meet Avery, he first joined us when he was a newborn. He allowed us to create multiple variety of poses, we used a bucket prop with teddy bear.

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We were excited to learn that parents were happy with the results and they signed up for watch me grow / milestone plan. With milestone sessions, those are mini sessions, where we concentrate on, as it says, child’s milestone. At times we’d use a prop if scene calls it, at others we wouldn’t.

A three month session, though called 3 months, actually takes place when the baby is around 3.5-4months. By this time, child’s neck muscles are stronger and he/she can pull them selves into tummy-time efficiently.

For his three month session, we used teddy bear scene, a reflection of his newborn prop, and placed him on the moon. I like when kids cuddle up in the moon and fall asleep, it allows us an opportunity to create some really beautiful images.

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On the six-months milestone, when again takes place when the baby is b/n 6.5-7months, we were around the holiday season, thus decided to incorporate it. Contrary to typical Santa pictures, where kids are hysterical and are crying, our Santa is ultra-harmless, kids don’t even know he is there 🙂

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For the Nine months session, we were around the Valentine’s Day. Once again, we took advantage of it. This time, Avery was doing a great job sitting and even was able to stand on the ladder for us to get few shots in.

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First Birthday, the Big Graduation. Seeing my kids (my milestoners) grow is a pleasure. Over the year, we bond with the parents, we establish trust, an understanding, rarely have these connections been fruitless. This time, is no different.

First, I’d like to thank Avery’s father, a member of USA Armed Forces for his services, dedication to his country and to his family. Our members of military sacrifice every second of their lives so the rest of us can stay home with our family, feel comfortable in our Pjs and scream at TV news political leaders for work they do. Sir, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

One of those sacrifices, is that Avery’s dad was unable to make it for his first birthday session. We started First Birthday Full Session with family: the concentration here is the bond between child and the parent.

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We the proceeded to Pre-Cake set. We realized a while back, that great majority of the children don’t like the cake and half of those HATE IT or are afraid of it.

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Minority of the children ok with cake being in the frame and small handful of kids dive hear first. Therefore, having pre-cake setup the same as the cake-smash setup is a monumental benefit for the session, since this cake, the feature of the session, the MAIN EVENT – so to speak, is the reason why parents come to our studio. After few minutes and variety of clean shots, we introduce the cake and sagway into cake-smash portion of the session.


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Session ends with bath time, where a child is placed in the bathtub, that is size appropriate for pictures.

First Birthday Full Session runs up to an hour and majority of the time finishes within 45 minutes. We don’t waste time discussing outfits or any other details, because that has already taken place. We only spend time on feeding the baby, if needs be, photographing and changing the scenes.

On another personal note, I’d like to thank Chenade for an outstanding job she does as a mom. It is a tiresome journey, studying for school, taking cake of the baby, awaiting and missing her husband while he is serving his country and protecting his family.

Thank You for allowing us an opportunity to get to know you, work with Avery and capture his special moments.  If you are interested in having a newborn or baby photography session in the greater New York City area, contact us today for more information.