the first year portrait series / by Ashley Brown

A large portion of our clients have children under the age of 2, and that is no surprise... children rapidly change during the first few years of their lives, and nothing is more photogenic than a fresh new baby. Any parents knows how quickly their tiny newborn starts smiling, becoming mobile and cutting teeth. Although we really focus on creating heirloom portraits as opposed to quick in-and-out pictures, we fully understand a parent's desire to have their child photographed multiple times during the first year. In fact, that documentation is one of our favorite parts of what we do. Getting to build a relationship with a family and watch a child transform and grow in front of our eyes is an amazing privilege. In keeping with this, we offer a series of portrait sessions over the course of the first year. The series includes 3 short&sweet sessions, and can be held at any time over the course of baby's 12-18 months. Popular milestones include newborn, 3-4 months (holding head up on belly), 6-9 months (sitting/crawling), the first birthday, and walking. We are always happy to customize the series, including the addition of a maternity session or fourth session, upgrading a session to a signature session, etc. It offers a wonderful opportunity to have beautiful, consistent documentation of the first year.

Here are a few of our recent "graduates". It is so fun to look back and see the progression. Two of the babies below are now big brothers (or about to be!) and we'll be documenting their siblings first years as well!

Because it includes three sessions, we are able to offer the first year portrait series at a discounted rate. Our favorite perk is the client's ability to have our signature product... the fine art coffee table album... created with all of the images from the year. It is a gorgeous keepsake and a great way to showcase that progression. Our fine art coffee table album is a flushmount style book, with thick watercolor pages (meaning the pages aren't easily bent) and a stunning matte or canvas cover. They are custom designed to the specifications of each client.

Due to the nature of these sessions, we book a limited number of portrait series each year. It is just as important to us as it is to our clients that we are a perfect match. Because of that, we never require our clients to commit to the series until they have had a session with us. Then, if they decide to book the first year, the first session is prorated into the plan.

If you are expecting or have a young baby and would like more information, email us at info@ashleybrownphotography.com. We love immortalizing every detail of those incredibly fleeting months!