Why birthday photography should be an annual tradition

Why birthday photography should be an annual tradition

It seems like just yesterday you were holding your little angel in your arms in the hospital after they were born. And then suddenly they're 6 months, 1 year, 5 years and 10 years old. You blink and kids seem to grow overnight!

Every year is a new adventure as your child develops in size, physical characteristics and personality. That's why birthday photography is a wonderful annual tradition. This keepsake captures your child's big personality as it evolves each and every year.

Is she really into twirly dresses at 2? Does he adore his purple tee at 3? Maybe 5 is the year she got glasses but 8 was when she started to really look grown up.

Annual birthday photography not only gives you something fresh for the frames in your home and office, but each image turns into a memento of a cherished year. It's fun to look back at each photo and see how your child has grown. Just imagine displaying all 18 on his 18th birthday or at his graduation party!

Getting birthday pictures done makes any birthday girl or boy feel special. Start by visiting our birthday gallery to get visual ideas for your visit. You might find some poses and props that you and your child really enjoy. Of course your child is always the star of the show, but there may be a few things that really enhance his or her personality.

Every JCPenney Portraits studio has a variety of props to help enhance photographs. A favorite is using small chalkboards to write phrases such as "Look who is 3" or "It's my golden birthday." Another kids and parents alike love is the pink or blue party hat that features a number that can be changed out from one to three based on the child's age. Of course you can always bring your own props if you'd like, such as balloons. If your child has a favorite toy, stuffed animal or hobby (think baseball glove or instrument), you're welcome to bring that with you, too.

As for what to wear, the sky is the limit! When in doubt, basics in a favorite solid color always translate well in photography. Best to avoid wild patterns or big logos. For the iconic first birthday photos, infants look adorable in simple white onesies and a themed extra like a tutu. For big kids, accessories like headbands, crowns and hats can be a fun extra. And don't forget about shoes! For full-body poses you'll capture the look from head to toe.

Keep in mind, every year your child changes so much, but babies change even quicker. If you have a little one, you may not want to wait until 1 to capture their fast-changing appearance. For infants, consider all the first-year milestone moments and schedule pictures at 3, 6 and 9 months. That way when you schedule the big first birthday photo session, you will have a year of memories at hand to truly cherish.

Is it time for your big birthday boy or girl to say cheese? Don't delay the day away! Schedule a photo session now.