If you are going to be having a baby in the near future, you will want to take the time to document his or her growth with photographs so you can look back at them when your child is older. Many people will take photos of their child every month or two to show the progression in his or her development. Placing the photos in a book is a great way to see the changes your child goes through as he or she gets older. Here are a few tips you can use to create your own photo album showing your child's growth.
Hire a Professional
While taking photographs on your own is certainly possible, having professional-grade photography done will give you high-quality visuals for your child's photo book. When a professional takes photos of children, they will often do it in a comfortable, ideally lit atmosphere in their own studio. They will have props available to give the photos character and can help calm down a fidgeting child by distracting them with interesting objects to hold.
Use Some Signs
Most people will not put a time stamp on a professional photo as it is distracting and will obstruct the flow of the art you are looking at. Instead, make up small signs to be used each time your child has a photo taken that signify their age at the time of the photo. When your child is still in baby stages, the sign can be conveniently placed near his or her foot or propped up next to him or her. When your child gets older, have them hold up a sign with their age. Print the signs using your computer printer. Use the same typeface in each sign so they appear uniform as someone flips through the pages of your photo album.
Make an Album
Find a photo album that will hold larger-sized photographs. Limit each page to one or two larger photos so you can see the detail in each picture of your child. The signs your child holds during each photo shoot will help you place the photographs in the books chronologically without the need to try to figure out his or her age at the time. Look for a photo album that has sleeves to place photographs inside so the photos remain flat and clean inside the book. If desired, print a small list of information about your child at this age to place in the book along with their photo. Their weight, height, and current accomplishments are some great additions to go along with each photo.
Contact a professional photographer to get started!