How much does a baby change within one year? The first 12 months include the most incredible growth for that tiny human being.. and it's absolutely amazing to see how much Troy has grown since I last saw him. I mean, seriously. It's incredible!
Even the home is different. Last time I photographed Troy and his mom, it was winter. The home had fur throws and cozy textures.. now, there are Springtime flowers and greenery that gives a completely new look to every room. Troy is becoming more independent and has developed preferences for toys (his boat mobile, for instance) and routines (reading with Mom). He's even playing the piano with Dad, or at least trying to! And his favorite toy is a little plush Octopus named "Captain Calamari."
Babies are pretty amazing.. but a lot of people wonder how often (really) they should be hiring a photographer to document their family. I always encourage parents to take photos (and videos!) of their kids, at least once a month, to really track the wonderful growth that is happening. And trust me, Troy's Mom takes gorgeous photos of him. But here's the thing, it's very hard for her to take photos of the two of them together.. not to mention the whole family. And that's where the need for someone who can get those beautiful family images (where the whole family is in the frame) comes in.
It's important to have a record of the home, too... and parents often forget about the ordinary surroundings they pass every day. I remember digging through old photos from my childhood and being amazed at how my memory of the home I grew up in was completely wrong. Rooms change year to year and grow with the family. Troy's nautical-themed room is perfectly set up to transform into a boy's room.. and when those little details change and evolve, Troy will still be able to look back and remember what his room looked like when he was a baby.
It's not really something I advertise, but I capture those room details for the family during every session. They simply come as part of the package, and no, parents don't have to pay for them separately. They're included, regardless of how many photographs the family ends up taking home in the end. I think it's important to have those images.. for them to be part of the family's history, ready to remind those babies where they spent their childhood.