10 Pictures to Take on Baby’s First Birthday

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.

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Monday Design Inspirations: 03/19/2012

A new monthly baby photo idea, a knick knack upgrade, a party decor idea using washi tape, a personalized iPhone case DIY and a sandbox with a lid that turns into a small deck!

More monthly baby photo shoot ideas! I’m a sucker for a fun monthly baby photo idea (check out these featured favorites) — and I’m simply smitten with this idea from Mom*Tog. What a great idea to use balloons as photo props to represent how old baby is in each picture!

From drab to fab with just a can of spray paint! Give old, funky shaped, kitschy thrifted objects new life with a coat of paint in a vibrant color. This colorful assorted collection and DIY was spotted on Craft.

Party-perfect plastic cups! I first discovered the wonders of washi tape a few years back, but this fab party planning idea from my friend Helena of Craft & Creativity takes the use of washi tape to a whole new level. Helena used simple plastic cups and washi tape to create these unique dessert cups to celebrate her birthday (p.s. we featured Helena’s daughters’ rooms last year, check them out here and here). Happy Birthday, Helena!

No one will have a cuter iPhone case than you! Sure you could spend money on having some company make a custom iPhone case for you, or you can spend a lot less and make it yourself — and change it up as many times as you want! Check out this cool iPhone case customization DIY over at di doodlings.

A DIY sandbox with a lid! As a city dweller I don’t have the square footage to have my very own sandbox but if we ever move to the suburbs, I want this one. This clever sandbox design comes from Small Friendly — and it’s got a lid! Not only does the lid keep the sandbox clean and covered while not in use, it also serves as a small deck for mommy to sit and supervise the sandbox fun!

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5 Monthly Baby Picture Ideas

Adorable, right?

Looking back, I really wish I had taken the time to stage monthly baby pictures with my daughter and I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of my favorite monthly baby picture ideas.

The one on the top is from young house love. Each week, Sherri & John laid out a fabric remnant {which was later used on a small project for their nursery}, photographed their adorable daughter Clara and digitally placed her age on her onesie with Photoshop.

This chalkboard photo prop idea is from Joleen Thiessen, a Southern California photographer, who took this adorable—and incredibly creative—photo of her nephew at three months.

Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely photographed her daughter Eleanor every month for 2 years! And from this collage we can see how much {and how fast} she grew!

This happy calendar girl {found via ohdeedoh} was photographed every month on her parent’s Stendig calendar.

Twins Rory and Quinn had their monthly pictures taken on this comfy chair with a chalkboard painted wall behind them. {via ohdeedoh}

So tell me, have you or do you plan to take monthly pics of your little ones?

Please send your photos to contact {at} chiccheapnursery.com with the word SUBMISSION in the subject. Would love to see YOUR creative photography sessions!