The best age to photograph a baby | Northern VA Photographer

First, it has to be said: it's never "too late" to photograph your baby. I recommend holding newborn sessions within the first 2 weeks after delivery, but don't feel like you've missed out if that window has passed you by. If you want images of your baby at her smallest, schedule your session as soon as possible. If you're open to holding your session when your baby is a little bigger (or want to capture milestones as your baby grows), this post is for you.

So when is the best age to photograph a baby? Between 7-8 months. Here's why...

1 - Your baby can sit up on her own now. Many baby babies are still in the "sit, lean, fall over" phase when they're six months old. By 7 or 8 months, she can probably sit up all by herself, and is happy to keep herself there for awhile. But she's not too big to lay down, do tummy time, or be held. It's a great way to capture a lot of variety about what she's up to in a single session.

2 - She's expressive! By this age babies are full giggles, smiles, and all the big personality you want to remember.

3 - She isn't quite mobile yet. She might be moving around a bit on her own, but isn't walking or running around on her own. She still depends on you to get around, so it's a great time to capture images of you together. Which leads us to the next reason...

4 - Moms are usually feeling more comfortable in their post-baby body by the time baby is 7-8 months old. Now that you're feeling like you have your body back again, it's a great to capture images of the two of you together.

5 - You can capture all the sweet baby rolls, chunky thighs, and cottage cheese tushies you want. It's a great opportunity to celebrate your growing baby by highlighting how much she's grown since her newborn session.

There is never a wrong time to photograph your baby (usually the best time is right now!), but when possible I recommend scheduling a session for when she is 7-8 months old. Another perfect time after that is around a year so you can see how much she’s grown so quickly.

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Kate Juliet Photography specializes in natural maternitynewbornbaby, and family portraiture in the Washington DC and Northern VA area.

All studio sessions include access to the studio wardrobe for mothers and babies to borrow clothing for your session. 

Contact me to begin planning your custom portrait experience.


2019 Motherhood Event | Northern VA Family Photographer

This year’s Motherhood Event has now come and gone, such a bittersweet feeling for me. Sweet because I adore it, but now I have to wait a full year to do it again! It’s such a joy getting to meet with clients again, see how their babies have grown, and capture images of them together.

No matter the session or time of year, capturing mothers with their babies is so important to me. I know how difficult it can be to get images of you with your child. Mothers are often the ones taking the photos in their family, so they can’t get in them too. But our children crave images with us in them. They want to see us represented in our family history. That’s why this event speaks to me.

It was an honor and a joy to see so many families again. I can’t wait until next year!

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Kate Juliet Photography specializes in natural maternitynewbornbaby, and family portraiture in the Washington DC and Northern VA area.

All studio sessions include access to the studio wardrobe for mothers and babies to borrow clothing for your session. 

Contact me to begin planning your custom portrait experience.

Leesburg VA Outdoor Session | Fun with Family

Family sessions are offered just twice a year, and each season they remind me of how much time as gone by. Getting to see the children I photographed as newborns grow into toddlers and big kids is such an experience. It’s a reminder not only of how much they have grown, but how my own family has grown too. Seeing them grow into their personalities and features, having interests and preferences unique to them. Each child, relationship, and family has it’s own quirks and memories. Getting to meet with clients year over year is the highest compliment and a relationship a treasure with each of my families.

Here are some of my favorite images from this session - enjoy!


Kate Juliet Photography specializes in natural maternitynewbornbaby, and family portraiture in the Washington DC and Northern VA area.

All studio sessions include access to the studio wardrobe for mothers and babies to borrow clothing for your session. 

Contact me to begin planning your custom portrait experience.


Northern VA Outdoor Family Photography Session | First Look

This family like so many others is one that has chosen to come back to me several times over the years. It is the highest compliment to work with families year over year. Not only for my work and the images we create together, but also for the friendships I get to forge with each of them. Each time I see you I learn more about you, your family, your relationships. What’s important to you now, before, and what you want most for the days and years ahead. Knowing that we are adding to your amazing pile of memories each time we meet.

Thank you to all of you who continue to choose me each time to be included in your lives. Here are some of my favorite images from this family session - enjoy!

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Kate Juliet Photography specializes in natural maternitynewbornbaby, and family portraiture in the Washington DC and Northern VA area.

All studio sessions include access to the studio wardrobe for mothers and babies to borrow clothing for your session. 

Contact me to begin planning your custom portrait experience.


Outdoor Fall Family Session | Northern VA Photographer

The fall season is always the most busy, and the most fun! KJP family sessions are offered exclusively to previous KJP clients each year. With limited availability I like to save these special sessions for families I’ve worked with before - it’s amazing to see your babies grow!

I’ve worked with this amazing family several times over the last year, and watching their baby girl grow into a curious toddler is so exciting. I can’t wait for them to see their gorgeous heirloom album when it arrives, it’s going to be beautiful. (make sure to follow me on instagram to see sneak peeks of galleries and artwork)

Here are some of my favorite images from our most recent session (how gorgeous is mama?!) - enjoy!


Kate Juliet Photography specializes in natural maternitynewbornbaby, and family portraiture in the Washington DC and Northern VA area.

Contact me to begin planning your custom portrait experience.