10 Pictures to Take on Baby’s First Birthday

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Baby’s first birthday is a cause for celebration — and a celebration there will be! Mama’s going all out with the party decorations and party favors, but one crucial item that mamas on a small budget, unfortunately, can’t afford is a professional photographer.

So grab your camera, take a cue from these 10 fun birthday photos and get ready to snap a “money shot” on your kiddo’s very first birthday.

Colorful balloons and a little red wagon are the prefect props for a birthday photo shoot for a little boy!

It’s all about composition! For a little girl, pink balloons and a stylish chair (a Salvation Army find for $10) set in an unconventional setting make for a memorable first birthday photo.

At the young age of 1, your kiddo may not have a lot to say — which is why we love the idea of chalkboard speech bubble props for a first birthday picture!

Think like a pro! There are lots of elements to putting together a professional photo shoot — and the backdrop is just the beginning. Place a fabric or pretty wrapping paper behind your birthday girl or boy for a picture-perfect moment.


Let your little one’s personality shine through! You don’t need to invest in an expensive wardrobe for a memorable photo — just take a cue from this adorable little girl’s first birthday picture. A pearl necklace, a girly headband and a sunny personality make this picture!

Custom fabric is also a great idea! If you’re know how to use a software like Photoshop, you can print personalized fabric through Spoonflower for a custom photo backdrop that just too cute!

Celebrate the date! Here’s a great pro tip for a cool first birthday pic — use a desktop calendar as a photo prop. Years from now, there will never be any question as to when it was taken.

Lots of parents opt to give baby a smash cake for their first birthday — just remember to snap a few shoots with your camera before baby goes at it!

And make sure to take a picture after! There’s nothing cuter than a baby with a face full of cake.

Create a collage! Take several pictures that will be put together to create a photomontage of baby’s first birthday.

image sources:
1- Jamie Brooke Photography
2- flickruser melcourt
3- The Macs
4- Aria Photography
5- Lisa Slate Photography
6- Young House Love
7- Barefoot Photography
8- Summer Lynn Photography
9- Style Me Gorgeous
10- Blair Banks Photography

*** Want more picture ideas? Check out our 5 Family Portrait Ideas post. ***


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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of ChicCheapNursery.com and mom of a 6-year-old princess. She has a B.A. in Architecture and a passion for design—nursery design to be precise!


  1. http://blairblanks.com/blog/2011/07/happy-birthday-campbell/

    Is this the link for that last image?

  2. I have an almost nine month old daughter who I’ll be sure to look this up again in a few months. Thanks for the great ideas!

    I also wanted to add that I’ve been using the desk calendar like the one shown in your post to mark each month for my daughter. It’s been a fun way to watch her grow!


  4. super cute, i love this nice pic.

  5. Rajesh Joshi says:

    thanks for your beautiful picture

  6. Love the balloons! So sweet!

  7. nikita kher says:

    birthday is such a nice event of lyfffffff……!!!!


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