The First Year Collective: Documenting your baby’s first year

March 14, 2023

The best way to document your baby’s first year

There is no other time in your child’s life in which they change so much and so quickly as the first year. Your baby is only a baby for one short year and if you blink you might miss it. As a mom to two big kids, I can tell you that you will want to look back on that year and have as many photos as possible. The photos you snap with your phone are great, but I offer the First Year Collective to my clients who want to document their baby’s first year and make sure they don’t miss any milestones.

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What is the First Year Collective?

The First Year Collective is a package of sessions that includes your Newborn Session, Sitter (6-8 months), One Year, and an optional Maternity Session. Feel free to read more about my thoughts on the best ages to photograph your baby.

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Why join the First Year Collective rather than just booking multiple sessions?

There are several reasons to join the First Year Collective rather than book your sessions piecemeal.

1. Consistency

If you plan to have your baby photographed throughout the first year, you’ll want the work to be consistent. Hiring the same photographer is the first step , but a big part of it is in the planning too. Your First Year Collective sessions tell the story of your child’s babyhood. This means that I photograph your baby with the full collection in mind. For example, I make sure that all of our session design choices – like wardrobe and location – make for a cohesive first year gallery.

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2. Convenience 

Life in the first year is BUSY. As part of the First Year Collective, you don’t have to remember to schedule your sessions or worry that I may not be available for your baby’s next milestone. Your spot is already reserved and you can relax knowing that I’ll reach out when it’s time to schedule your baby’s next session.

3. Savings & Perks

As a member of the First Year Collective you save big! In addition to your sessions, you’ll receive a custom-designed heirloom album to tell the story of your baby’s first year. The albums I offer are handcrafted from the best archival materials, and feature linen covers, true photographic prints, and thick toddler-friendly pages. The best part? You can skip making a baby book!

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You’ll also get a custom downloadable slideshow featuring all your favorite images from your sessions; perfect for sharing with friends and family.

First Year Collective members save over $1000!


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How do I join the First Year Collective?

If you’re interested in joining the First Year Collective, please reach out early (I recommend getting in touch during your 2nd trimester, if possible). In order to best serve my Collective members,  I limit the membership to three newborns per month. For example I take on three January due dates, three February due dates, and so on. Collective members receive priority when scheduling their sessions.

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