15 Adorably-Unique Ways to Capture Baby's First Year

Snapping creative photos of your little one is easier than you think.

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Grow With Me

Every baby has that one stuffed pal that he or she just can't live without. Not only is it necessary to capture cuddly moments like this, but take one each month, you'll have a collection of month-by-month photos that document the love between the two buds.

Felt Fireman

Put a unique spin on the typical monthly update photos with the help of some basic crafting items. Using a sheet, felt, plastic tubing and a few toys, this photographer turned a baby into a firefighting hero.

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Wild One

This first birthday shoot just couldn't be sweeter. A few banners and a fantastical crown go a long way toward making your little wild one feel oh-so-special. And snagging a few shots of your babe with their first cake will not disappoint.

Milk Drunk

Create an adorably-posed picture with an item that is certain to be lying around — bottles! A fed baby is a happy baby, so snap a pic after feeding time and giggle away.

Summer Bod

Whether you have a summer-born babe or are just looking to capture a sweet seasonal pic, with a blue backdrop and a mini inner tube you can snap a flawless image of your beach babe — no water required.

Baby Bunny

We've all seen a cute photo of a baby in a basket, but by adding a few special touches you can grab a shot that's completely unique. Take a hint from this photographer who used a fuzzy blanket and ears to transform the sleeping babe into a cuddly baby bunny.

Bathing Beauty

Milk baths are for babies too! Create the quintessential backdrop for your sweet babe by adding a milky, baby-safe bath bomb and bright, colorful flowers to the bath water. Then, snap a pic that will make your babe look simply delectable.

Blanket Fort

Regardless if you're a trained photographer or a pro at phone-ography, create a professional-looking image with the help of a blanket. Cover both you and your baby in a light-hued blanket and an ethereal image is just one shot away.

Take It To The Hoop

Some chalk and a blackboard make this shot is an absolute three-pointer. A twist on the typical sports-and-baby mashup, this photo is definitely something you'll want to recreate.

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The Gang's All Here

Is there a sweeter thing to see than a baby with all of his or her stuffed lovies? Line them all up for a shot and document the pals they'll have for a lifetime.

Banner Babe

Customizable banners are a wonderful addition to any baby shoot. Not only do they provide a simple, baby-focused photo, but when the first year is complete, you'll have a collection of matching photos — perfect for a gallery wall.

Mountain Baby

This camping scene setup is the perfect mixture of adventure and wonder — everything you wish for your little love.

Sweet + Simple

Sometimes the simplest things are the best things. This photo of a sweet babe, blanket and letter blocks not only captures what's important but is also the perfect way to see how much your child grows with each new month. Pro tip: Scrabble letter pieces work perfectly for spelling out each month.

A Baby's Best Friend

What's better than a photo of a pup? Well, probably a photo of a puppy and a baby. Whether you have a pup that's growing alongside your baby or a big furry sibling, capturing them together is not something you'll regret.

All in the Details

Detail shots of a baby's fingers and toes are something to cherish. Using a wooden crate, blankets and fruit, this photographer snagged the perfect angle. Pro tip: Switch out the fruit for flowers or toy cars for a unique-to-baby shot.

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