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Photography Tips for a Fun First Birthday Photo Shoot!

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YOU GUYS!!! I can’t hold back any longer, I’m so excited to share these ideas with you!

Hello lovely ladies! It’s Jen, your Orange County photographer here at Hostess With The Mostess. I adore working with you and your families. You always trust me to come up with creative ideas, and execute the most stunning photo shoots (if you’re looking for inspiration, head on over to my Facebook page, right here).

So today, I wanted to share with you a few simple ideas to help you create an amazingly awesome first year photo shoot of your own. Your little one only turns one year old once. So go big! Now I know it’s likely you have an extravagant party planned already, but I encourage you to set some time aside a week or two before your party, and do a first birthday photo shoot of your own! Added bonus: you can display some of the photos at the birthday party! Scroll down to check out some sample shots, followed by tips for making the most of your own first year photo shoot.

first birthday photo ideas - bunting and tutu

first birthday sprinkles smash cake

mom and baby daughter taking photos in a field

one year old girl's cute outfit

playful first birthday baby photoshoot

black and white mom and daughter photos

mom and daughter photoshoot



1. Find a fun location.
Maybe an awesome wood or brick wall in your neighborhood. Or under a unique tree near your home. A cool iron gate, or a picket fence? The possibilities are endless!

2. Find a fun outfit.
For this shoot, we went with a tutu. And guess what, mom made it! Head over to Pinterest, and search “tulle tutu.” You’ll easily find simple instructions on how to create an inexpensive one your own!

3. Grab a special background.
I always love bunting. There are so many combinations you can use, and the colors always pop. You could also consider streamers, balloons, or so much more.

4. Bake a cake!
That’s right, mama made this adorable cake, and it was perfect. We knew it would add a little fun to the end of our shoot, and make this little lady extra happy.

5. Incorporate your little one’s personality.
Do they love when you to read to them? Bring some books to stack up. Do they love “playing” with a guitar? Put that in the background. Do they have a special toy that makes them laugh? Let them play with it!

6. Have some fun!
The pressure is off, there are no guests to entertain and no decorating to be done. So have fun with your little one. Make them laugh, make them smile. Genuine happiness cannot be duplicated, so let it shine through in your pictures.

7. Join in on the fun!
Don’t be camera shy. I always encourage moms to be IN pictures with their kids (see some tips for doing that, right here). Bring a friend or a fellow mama, so they can take a few pictures for you. Don’t pass up these moments to smile with your little love, they fly by fast!

And remember, you don’t have to have a professional photographer like me, to do this for you. You can do it on your own, with a little will and effort! I hope this gives you lots of unique ideas and inspiration to celebrate your baby in an extra special way!

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By |2017-02-21T11:08:33+00:00March 12th, 2014|First Birthday|

About the Author:

JEN HRYCYK of Jen CYK Photography® is a lover of all things happy, beautiful, positive, and inspirational. She has a genuine passion for visual beauty in every aspect of life, and loves to create inspiration through pictures, crafts, and everyday moments. Her love for photography stems from a lifetime of being ”the picture taker” of the group. Looking at her closet shelves, you’ll find dozens of albums that document Jen’s life since childhood. It was when she began to look at pictures as art that she found her voice. Her appreciation for photography as a visual expression of life is what inspires her to create beautiful things.

Jen CYK Photography®, her lifestyle photography studio, combines her enthusiasm for stunning images with her natural talent of connecting with people. As a Communications graduate from California State University of Long Beach, Jen is able to capture raw and genuine emotions in each person she works with. She loves sharing creative ideas as well as ways to make everyday moments shine a little brighter. She resides in Orange County, CA with her husband James, and favorite basset hound pup, Rampage. Jen smiles every day while doing what she loves. She’s blessed to have awesome clients who trust her to document both simple and amazing moments in their lives, again and again.


  1. Erin March 12, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Hi! Thanks for these! They’re great! But what happened to tip #7? :)

    • jenn s. March 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Oh, goodness – that was my bad, Erin! Looks like I skipped a number in the final edit of the post and thought it was 8 instead of 7. Oops! I will fix it – thanks for the heads up :)

    • Erin March 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      No worries! Your image does say “8 tips” though. I was hoping it was a secret contest to see who was really reading. Haha!

  2. @AllAboutNuptial March 13, 2014 at 2:12 am

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  3. Eve March 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    What kind of camera do you use?

  4. PicBackMan March 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    With these tips, every mom can become a better photographer.

  5. Jessica Matthews April 7, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Hi! Thanks for these! This is awesome! :)

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