First Birthday Session Guide


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First Birthday photography can be incredibly challenging, but I work with other small business owners in order to offer my clients unique First Birthday sessions.
There’s some prep and planning involved to make the shoot more successful so I have compiled a list to help us get the most out of your Baby First Birthday session.

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I recommend to have the First Birthday sessions when the child is between 11- 14 months old. Also, based on my experience of working with hundreds of children and from my own experience as a mother, the best time to do the photoshoot is after the baby had the morning nap – she / he will then be relaxed and more willing to cooperate for the photo session.

I love to get parents involved in the process so, if you have any décor/special items you would like to incorporate in to session, please let me know. I have many backgrounds, props and outfits available at the studio and I am always adding more.

A well fed baby is a happy baby. My advice is to feed the baby right before our session but don´t forget to bring a bottle water/milk and have baby’s favourite snacks on hand.
I am also happy to take as many breaks as baby needs if he or she gets hungry during our shoot. The goal is to keep the baby in good mood and to capture great memories.

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About 30 minutes before your session, please loosen baby’s diaper and any clothing with waist bands that could leave those little imprint marks. Loosening them before gives them time to disappear.

Poop happens! Please don’t be upset or feel bad if baby decides it’s time to go potty when he/she is being photographed! This is totally natural and it’s just part of the job.
It would definitely be helpful if you had a stack of extra wipes available for when things get messy though.


You will be involved in the photo session and it can get messy! It is always a good idea to bring spare clothes 🙂

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If you’d like to see if I’m the right photographer for you, send me an email at info@carmen.photo to book a free consultation.

I am looking forward to meeting you and your baby at my studio in Zürich.

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Family Photo session Special Offer

All the events I was supposed to photograph and all my bookings in the studio are cancelled until at least mid April but I am confident that things will get back to normal soon.

Hopefully, after these difficult times we will re-discover the importance of being together with friends and family, sharing moments of joy and we will understand the importance of creating memories instead of having possessions.

My goal as photographer is to capture the personality of the people and pets through photography. For now, in order to protect us and our community we need to STAY at HOME but when we will get over this I would love to meet many of you in person!

I have a SPECIAL OFFER for my Family Portrait Sessions.

If you book and pay for a family photo shoot by the end of March 2020  I will offer for FREE a beautiful handcrafted Photo Album worth 350CHF.

The Photo sessions can take place from end of April until end of July 2020.

Family Portrait Sessions : 350CHF

This price is for my time, talent and knowledge, editing and also for:

·       Consultation prior the photo shoot to plan your session via phone or email

·       90 min. of Photography session – For 5 family Members (and family pets)

·       Mix of Portrait and Lifestyle Photography~ on location or your home (Zurich area)

·       As many outfit changes as you like!

·       Password-protected online gallery to choose 15 photos to be edited, Copyright Release

More printed packages and other photography products can be purchased separately.

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