Laurel | 3 Month Old Houston Baby Photographer

Aug 23, 2017

3 Month Old Houston Baby Photographer

With little argument, most baby photographers will agree that 1 to 5 month old babies are at the most challenging stage to photograph. Because they aren’t yet sitting, there is a much shorter list of possible poses and set-ups that are developmentally appropriate, and while they are smiling and making eye contact, it is more challenging to coax out. Since my own baby was born 5 months ago, I’ve been photographing her each month in my Houston photography studio and I’ve gained even more experience working with this stage. Here are some of my tips and poses that I’ve found work well for these pre-sitters.

One Month Old

One month old babies (especially when they are late arrivals like my little girl!) have moved out of the super sleepy newborn stage and are much more alert. They are not yet smiling socially and they don’t have the muscle tone yet to do much than just lay there. I have had success with a traditional newborn session at this age, but it might take more work for baby to fall asleep and stay that way. I didn’t trying to get Laurel to sleep for her session since I wanted to document her new alertness.

baby girl laying on cable knit blanket 1 month old baby wrapped in white blanket1 month old baby laying on a bed1 month old baby girl in white knit romper

Two Months Old

Oh my! What a change a month makes! Social smiles are much easier to get and babies at this age are beginning to push around on their legs as they start learning to roll. Most babies aren’t able to hold their head and shoulders up high enough to be photographed on their tummy yet, but because of their improved neck control, they can turn their heads in different directions to look at the camera, making angles more interesting.

smiling baby on bed in grey knit romper baby girl posing for the camera 2 month old baby in houston looking at the camera smiling 2 month old baby on bed

Three Months Old

Its tummy time, time! Not all babies will be quite ready for tummy portraits yet at 3 months exactly, so if you are planning a 3 month session, I recommend waiting until they have reach that milestone. Ideally, babies should be able to raise up on to their elbows and hold their head and chest high for 3-4 minutes at a time. Both your pediatrician and I will thank you for practicing tummy time several times a day will help them build those muscles. Babies at this age are also starting to grab at their toes, which I love photographing.

3 month old baby laying on a bed 3 month old baby in houston trying to roll over 3 month old baby grabbing her toes on the bed blue eyed baby close-up picture

Four Months Old

If your baby isn’t ready for tummy time portraits at 3 months, they definitely will be now. Babies at this age are showing more and more personality in their portraits and will definitely show off their individual quirks, like Laurel sticking out her tongue, which she does all the time these days. They stick everything in their mouths (hello teething!), which can be cute sometimes and sometimes makes is challenging to see their sweet faces.

baby in grey bonnet holding a blanket 4 month old baby grabbing her toes smiling 4 month old baby sticking her tongue out close-up of baby grabbing her toes

Babies change so much in their first few months, and milestone sessions are the perfect way to document each new accomplishment. You can see more examples of our baby sessions in our portfolio.

We offer your choice of a Signature Session or a Little Ones Session to capture each stage of your child’s life. Signature sessions are our standard offering that includes about an hour of session time and your choice of a fine art collection. Little Ones Sessions are shorter, all-inclusive sessions that offer a more economically option for parents. All baby photography sessions include the use of our studio wardrobe and styling so you don’t need to worry about finding the perfect outfits for you and your baby for your portrait session.

Our studio currently booking sessions for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018. We would love to work alongside of you to document your baby at each stage of their development, from newborns to their 1st birthday and beyond. We work with families across the Houston area of create timeless and simple portraits of their child, as well as beautiful artwork to adorn their home.

Fresh Light Photography specializes in newborn, maternity, baby, family, and child photography in Houston, including the Heights, West University Place, River Oaks, and The Woodlands.

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  1. Amanda

    August 24th, 2017 at 12:52 am

    These are all so precious, what a beautiful baby girl, excited to start more milestone sessions in my own studio! 🙂

  2. Bethany

    August 29th, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    She’s so precious…congrats mama!

  3. Anna

    August 31st, 2017 at 10:56 am

    She is so cute…. Enjoy your family in this crazy time of Harvey. 

  4. Mel

    September 3rd, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Love that one of her grabbing her toes! Also such great feedback about developmental milestones and photo sessions! 

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