5 Reasons to Spring on First Year Baby Portrait Packages

Baby sleeping during newborn photography session

If you’ve already had a baby, you know that the amount they can change in a matter of weeks is crazy. Within the first month of their life, they grow out of that quintessential “newborn baby” look. By the time they’re one it’s hard to even believe how much they’ve changed. Even their personalities adapt quickly over time! Documenting that first year of changes is priceless. Continue reading for 5 reasons to spring on first year baby portrait packages.

New parents know that it’s a joy to watch these rapid changes, but it’s also bittersweet. That’s where documentation comes into play. Snapping all those candid images is a parent must, but it’s an incredible gift to have professional photographs taken of your sweet baby throughout the first year of their life, as well.

My Once Around the Sun package ensures you capture all these sweet periods in your baby’s first 365 days. In the end, you’ll have high-quality, meaningful pictures you’ll treasure a lifetime. If you’re on the edge or are simply curious about why so many parents rave about these packages, here are five reasons to go ahead and book:

It Saves You a Ton of Time and Stress

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You know how you feel more relaxed when you’ve got all your appointments scheduled? It’s one less task to worry about, and you know you’re doing something good for yourself, too. My Bump to Baby package and Once Around the Sun package are the same. You can book all the dates in advance (movable if necessary). Then, you can rest knowing you’re capturing all those precious moments as your baby grows older.

You Don’t Have to Pay it All At Once

Baby sitting in grass during first year photography shoot

The thought of paying for a milestone package up front is daunting for everyone. Rest assured that we have payment plans that ensure this investment won’t pinch you.

That First Year is So Bonkers

Family sitting on porch swing during 6 month photo shoot for baby

Your child’s first year can feel like a total whirlwind. So much changes in your world, and your newborn baby evolves so quickly. You sometimes don’t even see the changes yourself until you look back. Knowing that you have the gift of images to look back at, and to calmly reflect on this period in your life, will prove incredibly meaningful over the years.

Everyone Will Treasure These Pictures Forever

Baby sitting in grass on beach during first year photography session

Think about how special your own baby pictures are to not just you, but also to your family. Your child will be so grateful to have these images as they get older, and you’ll look back on the sessions and the images fondly, as well.

The Packages Includes a Gorgeous Linen-Covered Album

Mom, dad, and baby during 1 year portrait session

Once these photos are taken, the sweet linen-covered album included will help you rest assured that these photos will be seen and not tucked away. The album includes 20 pages to fill with your little one. Ideal for a coffee table or night stand, this album makes it easy to present your child’s gorgeous photos and is the perfect keepsake.

“Erika has now taken our maternity photos, newborn photos, and one year photos for our family and has done an AMAZING job each time! She is so easy to work with, quick to respond, and so personable. I highly recommend Erika!! You will not be disappointed!!”

-Tiffany H.

If you’re expecting a new addition, consider these 5 reasons to spring on first year baby portrait packages. It truly flies by in the blink of an eye, but the joy you’ll feel looking back on these photos will last a lifetime. Contact me to book for your baby’s first year, or with any questions!

I'm Erika and I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based near Wilmington, NC. I'm also a mom to two cutie boys, lover of backyard gardening, candles, chocolate and Amazon Prime.

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Oh, how I'd love to go back to those first weeks and months. I was ever-present, yet never really there at all.⁠
My head was elsewhere, caught up in all the shoulds, in the baby books, the apps, the impossible schedules; all the perceived perfections of motherhood that felt so at odds with what you were telling me you needed.⁠
I followed my heart every single time. But never with conviction. Always apologetically as though I were somehow giving in. Not doing it right.⁠
I fought it. Like a quiet war. It was exhausting.⁠
I'd love to go back and mother that version of you, but as this version of me; the mum I am today. ⁠
More relaxed, more rested, more sure, no longer seeking approval, embracing the fact that I will be happily rocking my boy to sleep until he doesn't need it anymore.⁠
It's not just our babies that grow.⁠
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I'm enjoying getting personal with y'all. Hope you don't mind!⁠
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Five years ago, I would not be able to imagine that I would be living the life I am now. There have been twists and turns for sure, and some of the challenges have been grueling to say the least, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I'm talking illness, surgery, major lifestyle changes, major personal life changes. The kind of stuff that makes you look back and not even recognize who you were. ⁠
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I have come so far and now have the clarity of mind to see how everything that has happened in my life has made me the person I am today. And I truly love who I have become through it all. What’s something positive or seemingly negative that happened in your personal life in the past five years that you didn’t see coming and that has built you up to be the badass you are today?⁠
Whenever I’m feeling stuck, I write in a journal—just a stream of consciousness, whatever crosses my mind goes on the page. Almost every time, I notice the same pattern: fear of judgment. My inner critic is telling me that no one will like what I do.⁠
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When that happens, I try to remind myself to play my own greatest hits. I make a list of the times when I did work I was proud of, made a client happy, or got positive feedback—anything that contradicts the judgmental  voice in my head. It helps me to move forward without fear. We all have that voice in our heads. The trick is to recognize it, not believe it, and put that imposter syndrome back in its place.
I am so grateful that I can do what I love as my job. Thank you to all of my clients for the ongoing love and support. I am lucky to have each and every one of you! 🥰
Something I'm continuously working on both in my personal and professional life is this: It's easy to get wrapped up in the future or the past, but living in the moment is a key to happiness. And not just living through the moment, but appreciating it.⁠
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When you're appreciating the moment, you're fully engaged in what's happening around you, and you're not letting your thoughts about the past or future distract you from the present.⁠
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One of the reasons I absolutely LOVE my work is that when I'm focused on capturing THE MOMENT, I have no choice but to be observing it, appreciating it, and noticing all the details of it. It's meditative. ⁠
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On a daily basis, living in and appreciating the moment can be a difficult thing to do, but it's definitely worth it. There are a few things you can do to help you live in the moment.⁠
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One is to practice mindfulness. This means being aware of your thoughts and feelings and accepting them without judgment. When you're mindful, you're more likely to be in the present. You can also practice gratitude, which is being thankful for the things you have in the present moment. Like, everything can seem like it's working against you. But stop. Look around. What do you have right now that is working for you? It can be as simple as being grateful that you have two arms and two legs that allow you to get things done. Or that you have a delicious cup of coffee to sip on. Or that you can easily go outside and fill your lungs with air. ⁠
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When you focus on the good things in your life, you're less likely to worry about the future or dwell on the past. That's what I've been working on. How about you? How do you stay present?
The best way to prepare for a photo session with me is to prepare to have fun. I'm totally serious!⁠
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Yes, I do have tips on what to wear both for yourself, your partner and your kids. Basically, just wear what you feel is flattering and comfortable to you. When a person is wearing something uncomfortable, it's obvious in the photos. Also, choose solid, neutral/natural colors. Bright colors are fine as long as they are not neon. Keep patterns to a minimum, as they can be distracting. We want to keep the focus on you, not your zebra-striped pants. 😂⁠
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With kids, I know as parents we like to purchase clothes a size or two bigger than they are so the clothing lasts longer, but by doing this their clothes will look too big in the photos. If you're going to purchase something new for your child to wear on the day of your photo session, make sure if fits them well. ⁠
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Ultimately though, it's the joy that we create during the session that matters the most. Make sure everyone feels well and reach out to reschedule if not. We want everyone ready for hugging, chasing, jumping, laughing and playing to capture that raw emotion and joy in your family portraits. ⁠
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