Baby Milestones

Why they are so important to document.

Babies change and grow almost overnight. Which is one reason why baby milestones are so important. When you’re expecting your child it seems that the day you meet them couldn’t come soon enough. And then you blink and your baby is in your arms, sleepy and snuggly. You blink again and he’s crawling.  Dare you blink once more, and she is walking across the living room.

Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This Milestone portrait session was taken at my client’s home in Wilmington. The baby has just learned to crawl and is crawling across the floor in his white diaper. You can see those chubby upper thigh roles and baby feet.

Babies grow and change seemingly every day within their first year. And Milestone sessions paint a more complete picture of how both your baby and your family have grown through a year full of firsts. And each monthly milestone comes with its own firsts.

Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This Milestone portrait session was taken at my client’s home in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Wilmington, North Carolina. This baby girl is nine months old and able to sit up by herself and grab her baby toes.

Please note that as I discuss these milestones, every baby is different and reaches these physical and mental milestones at different times and not all within their first twelve months. And that’s okay because as Maya Angelous says, “all great achievements require time.”

At three and six month sessions I focus on tummy time, especially if Baby isn’t sitting on it’s own just yet.  I love getting that sweet moment when your son raises his upper body with his role polly arms to lift his head to see what’s going on around him. As you interact with your child at these ages, they have begun reacting more to you, laughing, smiling, cooing creating a beautiful moment to be captured between the two of you.

Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This Milestone portrait session was taken at my client’s home in Hampstead, NC. This baby boy has just learned to crawl and is propping himself up on his elbows and flashing his big baby blue eyes at the camera.

Some of my favorite photos are the ones of Baby grabbing her chunky baby toes with those dimply hands and smiling that big gummy grin at the shear delight of doing so. What an achievement!

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Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This Milestone portrait session was taken at my client’s home in Wilmington. The baby has just found his feet and is grabbing his baby toes with this dimply little baby hands. The baby is wearing a solid white diaper and laying on the floor.

At twelve months anything could happen.  Some babies are practically running and others are completely content scooting, crawling, or being carried. I just think they know a good thing when they have it. For this reason, I should suggest photographing your one year old at home where they know their surroundings and are confident in whatever physical milestone they have reached.

Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This Milestone portrait session was taken at my client’s home in Wilmington, NC. This one year old boy is more like the Michelin Man with all of this squishy baby rolls. We took this photo in the client’s front yard with the baby wearing only a diaper.

Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This Milestone portrait session was taken at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, NC. This one year old boy is walking through the gardens all on his own. You can see his chunky baby thighs with those upper thigh rolls. He’s wearing a blue t-shirt with brown shorts and white baby sneakers while standing in the grass all on his own.

 

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on medium format Fuji400H film with a Contax645. This is a six month milestone portrait session shot in a private home in Wilmington, North Carolina. Film scans are from Richard Photo Lab. Baby girl is wearing a hair bow, yellow dress, and pearls. They have a black lab puppy. She pays with plastic building blocks in her ocean themed nursery.

However, if we choose an outdoor location, I suggest a wide open space with more solid ground. The beach is fun and beautiful, yes, but often when Baby finds her independence and her legs, she takes to the sand like an overly confident, boozed-up old man, pushing away assistance and blubbering no as they face plant into the dunes. It’s funny because it’s true. 😉

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on medium format Fuji400H film with a Contax645. This is a Family Portrait Session shot in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Film scans are from Richard Photo Lab.

Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This Milestone portrait session was taken at the north end of Wrightsville Beach, NC near Shell Island Resort. This one year old baby girl playing the waves of the Atlantic Ocean in her birthday suit!

And then you, Mama! You have changed so much over that year. You survived, or are perhaps still surviving, sleep deprivation and months of worrying that you’re doing the wrong thing. Let me tell you right now that that is a lie and you are doing the very best you can. I would even say you’re killin’ it! Go you!

Ready to book your baby’s milestone session? Schedule a consultation with me today!

Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This Milestone portrait session was taken at my client’s home in North Carolina. The mom and daughter are playing on the floor in her pink and navy nursery.

Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This Milestone portrait session was taken at the New Hanover Country Arboretum in Wilmington, North Carolina. Mom is wearing a yellow silk dress from Anthropologie and playing with her one year old daughter in the rose garden. The little girl has two front baby teeth that just came in.

Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This Milestone portrait session was taken at my client’s home in Greenville, North Carolina. Mom is reading a book to her one year old daughter in her grey and pink nursery.

Each milestone comes with its own growth in the relationship you are building and nurturing with this tiny human. As they begin interacting and reacting, your reactions change, your behavior changes to meet them where they are. And these things may seem purely mental and emotional but they are also physical and portraits of these moments and the beautiful reactions to each other during these early days are priceless.

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