Baby’s First Year
Whether you are considering a single session or a series of portraits session, Jennifer Okamoto Fine Portraiture wants to help you preserve your memories that will last a lifetime.
We are known for our baby program, once called “Little Wiggles and Giggles”, now called “Watch Me Grow”. This is a series of three consecutive sessions offered at different stages: 3-4 months, 6-7 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years and 5 years.
Watch Me Grow is normally $400 for all three sessions. However at this time, we are running a special; get ALL three sessions for $99.
Newborn sessions are available, but are not included in the Watch Me Grow program. Sessions are $100.
Gift Portraits start $89
Wall Portraits start $400
Club Plans (per session) start $825, which include an art book (a must see to appreciate), gift portraits, baby book with portraits, slideshows and much, much, more.
Preparation for Baby’s First Year Photo Sessions
THREE TO FOUR MONTHS OLD
This first stage of your baby’s growth (3-4 months old) is when your baby is laying on his/her tummy and holds his/her head up nice and strong. Please “practice” with your baby before your appointment. Lay your baby on a blanket on the floor and bring both hands in front of your baby’s chest. Hold your hand on top of your baby’s hands; the head should “pop” up. I know what you are going to say…”Jennifer, my baby doesn’t like to be on his/her stomach.” Just keep practicing.
Please dress the baby in something that can be easily removed, because I start the session “bare-chested”. There is a good reason for this, so please “bare” with me. Pardon the pun! There is a reason for everything we do. Keep reading.
A 3 month old, in most cases, has a low tolerance level. We like to get the bare chested images done first, and then your baby will be photographed in an outfit. Please…one outfit is enough; however, bring more than one outfit, so we can advise you on what will photograph best. Please make sure clothing is neither too big nor too small. Solid colors always look better than patterns or stripes…hats are fine. Pastels are GREAT! Try to stay away from reds and yellows.
Most importantly, be prepared. Your baby will more than likely get off schedule and need an extra “snack”. Also, some babies are already teething and may benefit from Oragel.
SIX TO SEVEN MONTHS OLD
This stage (6-7 months) is when baby is sitting up without assistance, but not yet on the go. We will capture him/her at the roly-poly happy phase when those big grins and belly laughs are lighting up your life. Sitting babies make the absolute best models, since they cannot crawl away and are easily amused with peek-a-boo and squeaky toys. Portraits at this stage capture the beginnings of those dynamic personalities that will be with you forever, and give a glimpse into a small person interacting with their environment as only those small bundles of delight can.
If your baby is not sitting up strong or you are not sure, please call and talk with Jennifer. This is very important for the safety of your baby.
Baby will be photographed naked, in his/her diaper (don’t worry, it won’t show) and in one outfit. Make sure clothing fits well, preferably solid color. Try to stay away from reds and yellows.
Hopefully your baby will not be going through “major” teething or experience separation or stranger anxiety.
If you are considering using one of the images from this session for baby’s first year birthday party invitation, please consider bringing props for the party theme.
TWELVE MONTHS OLD
This is the time for a one-year formal portrait. We really encourage bringing both a formal and casual clothing change at this session. Your baby “might” be standing on his/her own. If you choose to put shoes on your baby, be sure that they are cleaned and polished. We do not recommend shoes, as we like to always see the baby’s feet. As for clothing, please bring three to four outfits; remember, solids or small prints work best. Make sure clothing fits well and is not too big.
If you want, bring 3 – 5 pink or blue helium, latex balloons. We recommend that you pick them up shortly before the session, otherwise they will go flat. As for cake, we have a realistic birthday cake or you can purchase a real cake with colorful frosting. A real cake is so much more fun, if your baby is willing to play with it. We strongly recommend that you stay away from fondant frosting. Though it makes a beautiful cake, it is very difficult for baby to get messy.
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Best Baby Photographer Honolulu
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Think of Jennifer Okamoto Fine Portraiture
Located in Mililani, but serving Honolulu, Kaneohe, Kailua, Kapolei, Waipahu, Ewa Beach, Pearl City, Aiea, North Shore and all other communities on Oahu