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Adorable Ideas for a 1st Birthday Photo

Parents and photographers alike have gotten adorably creative when it comes to capturing a baby on his or her first birthday. They'll either take a moment to shoot a photo at the baby’s 1st birthday party to later post online or send in a card or print on a postcard.

Or they'll casually stage a photo shoot at home with a simple digital camera. There’s so many ways you can get creative.

If you’re looking to shoot the perfect photo to remember your baby at this sweet age, we dug around to find some inspiration. These oh-so-adorable ideas certaintly will get the “oohs” and “aahs” you’re looking for!

Whether you choose a theme, include fun props, or have the baby sit with balloons or birthday cake, we're certain your little one will look just adorable. 


Baby Who Wants Their Cake!

1st birthday photo idea

This beautiful baby featured on Spearmint Baby is about indulging in a little sugar herself. Sitting on her pretty blue highchair with a matching bow, we love the “one” banner draped across the front. The cake is just as cute as the birthday girl!


A Side by Side Collage

1st birthday photo with 3 shots side by side

The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood featured this idea with 3 beautiful photos side by side. In each photo, the cute baby is sporting a different pose and smile to along with it while holding each letter from the word “one”. Definitely a cute way to capture their 1st year. 


All the Facts, Right in One Phone

1st birthday photo with black foam sign

A big trend on Pinterest these days are these pretty foam board signs that people are using in their baby’s 1st birthday photos.

In metallic ink, you can write out the baby’s birthday, fun facts and other details you’ll want to remember forever including weight and height at that time. Featured here, this is a super cool way to take a baby’s photo.


A Year of Progress

via community.babycenter.com

A lot has happened this past year. Whether your adorable baby is walking, or still working on standing up, a picture of their progress would be perfect to send to all those relatives and friends who don’t get to see your little one every day. This picture from Community Baby Center is adorable with the little Toto and birthday diaper!


King of the Crib

via 100layercakelet.com

You’re little guy, or gal, has officially become king of their crib, so why not send a picture that shows just that. Make them a fancy crown and have your own photo shoot in their favorite place. 100 Layer Cake-let had the right idea in this picture, and we will definitely be copying! 


Taking a Walk in Mom or Dad's Shoes

via media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com

Let your baby take a walk in your shoes (or your husbands). This cutie is rocking mommy’s high heels, and is killing it! You can also add some fancy jewels from your closet to really deck out your babe!



via rookiemoms.com

Let your cutie tell everyone why they should be celebrating. All you need to recreate this pic from Rookie Moms is a chalkboard, deck it out in a message from your little one, or even just a reminder that it’s their birthday!


#TB to a Year Ago

via indulgy.com

Have your own #tbt, even if it’s not Thursday. Use an old photo from when they were born, and take a current picture of them holding onto themselves like this adorable pic from Indulgy. You can even use the 1st birthday pic in the 2nd birthday picture and make a tradition out of it!


Photo With Their Parents

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Of course, you and your hubbie are just as important as your little one, so why not make a cameo in their first birthday picture. Show how much you love them, and just how adorable your family actually is. Plus, a fun photo shoot for you all could also lead to some holiday card pictures too!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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