7 month baby photoshoot: What you can expect
Thanks for stopping by on my 7-month baby photoshoot ‘behind the scenes’ page.
So, why 7 months?
Typically, babies around six to seven months of age start to do a few amazing things. By now they’ve probably mastered tummy time, maybe even rolling around a bit on the floor. They will most likely be able to lie on their back and kick their feet in the air, giggling and laughing all the way.
They’ll also be able to – or very nearly able to – sit up unaided. This is a huge achievement for a baby as it exercises tummy control and muscles they’ve only just developed properly. As any parent will know, practicing these skills for the first time can be frustrating and for Baby as they often tumble to the floor with a facepalm.
If your baby can now sit up unaided – great! Of course, some babies take a little longer and that’s absolutely fine, they’ll be honing in on other skills first. But generally speaking, around 7 months old is when babies start to sit up and enjoy it.
Sitting up unaided. No help.
For a photoshoot of this kind to be really successful, it’s best to wait until your baby can sit up for a few minutes at a time, without needing any help at all. This is so that you can be confident to leave them (only a metre or so) on their own without them tumbling back and hurting themselves.
Of course, we can always place a pillow behind them to cushion the fall, but there’s no guarantee they’ll land on the cushion, and in any case, falling down all the time can be a shock to Baby and can be unnerving for your little one.
To make the most out of the session and to make sure they enjoy it, bring them in for a sitting-up photoshoot once they’ve mastered the skill completely and have been doing it without you worrying about them falling, for a week or two.
For baby photos of this age group please see this page.
What’s the best time of day to get my baby photographed?
Generally speaking, for a 7-month baby photoshoot to go smoothly and for your baby to enjoy the time, it’s best to bring her in once she’s had her morning nap.
In my experience, if you’re in any sort of routine with your little one by now then she’ll be sleeping at around about 9am, for 45 minutes or so. This is because a baby’s sleep cycle generally lasts 45 minutes and this is what she’ll need after breakfast.
This means that by 10 am she’s happy, awake and alert, and raring for action!
I ask parents to bring their babies to the studio at about 10am, after their morning nap. Once they’re here, they can enjoy a mid-morning snack (I can safely heat bottle milk here or have comfy sofas for you to breastfeed), and then after this time is when we begin photographing.
What if my baby is in a grumpy mood?
I’m asked this question so often (for more FAQs see here). Please don’t worry! I’ve photographed over 100 babies and being a mum of two, I’m no stranger to grumpy moods!
If for whatever reason, your baby is not his usual self, not sleeping, eating, or feeling well, or just simply out of sorts, we can reschedule the session.
If you think your baby is OK in himself, but perhaps he’s missed his nap, or not had his usual amount of milk for breakfast and is just feeling a bit grumpy and fed up, then I can work around him.
In fact, the session is entirely baby-led. If he wants to feed or have a cuddle when he gets here that’s fine.
If he wants to stay in mama’s arms for a bit before he does any solo photos, that’s also fine. I’ll never tear a baby away from mama and never make him do anything he doesn’t want to do. He’s the star of the show and will be treated like that.
The best 7-month baby photoshoots are child-led.
Believe me, I’ve worked with plenty of babies over the years who for whatever reason, are a little bit anxious or fed up when they come into my studio. Perhaps they are over-tired. Perhaps they’ve got a poo coming. Or perhaps they just feel a bit insecure and need mama or dada around.
This is totally normal and nothing to worry about. I’ll ask you what tends to help your baby settle at home – perhaps she likes nursery rhymes or perhaps a more soothing classical music playing will help.
Time to play
Maybe she’d like to play with my age-appropriate baby toys for a bit and we can sit and play peekabo together before I even turn my camera on.
Perhaps she’d like an extra bit of milk before the photoshoot takes place so she doesn’t have to worry about where her food is going to come from.
Whatever she needs, we’ll make sure we try and solve it and give it to her.
There’s no point photographing a grumpy baby so I’ll bend over backwards to make sure she’s well cared for.
Take your time!
As a mum of two young boys myself, I know firsthand that you simply can’t predict or ‘guarantee’ your little one’s behaviour on the day.
We will have all morning together and there’s always a moment where your baby will join in and enjoy the session.
I don’t rush the sessions and please, don’t worry if your baby starts crying a little or seems a bit unnerved. It’s a new setting, new smells, new sounds, and so on so it may take time for your little one to get used to it all.
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