Five special Items to include in your Baby and Child’s Portrait session

I’m always asked for advice on what to bring for newborn and older baby milestone sessions and I’m so happy to give some advice!


Aside from your baby and a few simple outfits, you should definitely spend a few minutes thinking about any items that are meaningful in your baby’s life.

Here are some sweet ideas…

A special blanket (this was mommy’s quilt when she was a baby!)

A special uniform will also make a beautiful backdrop to have in your photos –  part of your baby’s legacy.

Bring some favorite books
I remember reading the same book over and over to my babies when they were little.

Bernstein Bears and Magic School Bus were some of my son’s favorites.   Let’s make sure we capture their favorites!

Bring that book to the photo session to have a record of how special it is in your lives!

Lots of babies and children grow up hugging their little stuffed animal to sleep every night.

That stuffed toy is often very special and cherished, but it doesn’t last forever.

Despite that, you can capture it for all eternity in photographs!

If it’s a gift from someone special, if your child for some reason got really attached to it (even if the toy itself is garish), or if you simply want this one object in particular to be important to your child…

bring it to the session so we can get a few priceless shot of the item and your baby together.

There are baby clothes that are passed down from parent to child for several generations.

I’ve photographed more than one baby wearing the same outfit as their parent did many years ago (and as their sibling, too).

Grandparents are the best to ask when it comes to uncovering if something like this exists in your family.

They will often keep both the photographs and the clothing from when their own children were little, so we can replicate the same look.

If there is a history, a specific culture, or a memory in your family that you would like to keep alive, this is a wonderful way to do it!

And be sure to show me an example image too, so we can match it to Dad’s baby picture properly.

Sports equipment and toys are a great idea too!

Bring things that help define your family and your interests — what’s important to you?

And let’s not forget that I’ll be using the parents as “props” in some photographs!

ALL Sweet Life portrait sessions are AN HOUR LONG so you all have time to relax and have fun!

Each Custom Portrait Session INCLUDES:

My professional posing advice and help to look AMAZING!

My brochure with advice on what to wear to look your best

Any location of your choice in beautiful San Diego (I have lots of ideas if you need help choosing a great spot!)

Custom retouching and hand processing of your portraits

Unlimited poses and props

Unlimited Clothing changes

Unlimited people are also included (so yes, bring the family for your high school senior session!)

An online gallery to view your portraits.



As a photographer it is my great joy to capture Family and High School Senior PortraitsEngagement, Events,  Bat Mitzvahs, Bar Mitzvahs, Parties, First Birthday, 1st Birthday   Headshots, Branding Photos, Commercial photography, Product Photography, Vacation Photography, Beach Photography, Maternity, Gender Reveal, Family Reunions, Newborns and Babies, Children, CouplesWeddings and MORE that are as special and unique as you are –

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 I am a full time professional photographer based in San Diego, but will travel for weddings.

Serving San Diego, Poway, Scripps Ranch,La Jolla, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4-S Ranch, Penasquitos, Rancho Bernardo, Ramona, Sabre Springs, 

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