12 month year baby portrait by Lifeworks Photography
Children's Photography

Turning 1 year old – Celebrate this momentous occasion with professional photos!

1-year old / 12 months old – Photo Shoot!

What kind of imagery can I expect from a photo session, if my child is turning ONE!!   Are you thinking of getting professional photos? Unsure of what to expect?

This blog article is here to help you understand what type of imagery you will love!  Photos that will capture your 1-year-old at their cheekiest!

What a very special milestone – Your child is turning 1!

Are you wondering where the year has gone? 

It probably feels like only yesterday you were holding your newborn in your arms, now that baby has grown so much, what a delightful little person they have become!

Your little one is now likely to be crawling, standing holding onto something sturdy, even walking.  Yes, some are running!

Not all babies are walking by their first birthday.  Every child’s development differs, so don’t worry if your baby is not walking yet.

It doesn’t matter if they are, or not at this stage, you will still want to have professional portraits done around their first birthday!

It is time to capture this fantastic milestone in their lives.

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Many now have their first few teeth, others a mouth full of them!

Celebrating your baby’s first birthday can be done in multiple ways, recording this time in your lives is not only fun but will be something your family will look back at for many years to come.

There are multiple scenarios and questions to consider when having 1-year-old photos done.

  • What feel/styling would you like this session to have?
  • What environment will best suit your child’s personality?
  • Do you prefer the feel created from an indoor studio shoot?
  • or prefer an outdoor photo shoot?
  • Do you like the idea of a themed shoot?
  • Are there any special outfits you want your child photographed in?
Our outdoor studio is ideal for a child of this age, as we have a range of backdrops and multiple outdoor props.  We find from 12 months old and beyond, children love exploring outside, especially if they are comfortable standing holding onto something, or have already started walking (many of the photos below are taken in our outdoor studio).

Are there any special outfits you want your child photographed in?

A christening outfit, a special gift from Grandma, a tulle tutu (you just happened to buy online), maybe the first birthday party was themed and you have a spunky little outfit that needs to be included in the shoot.


1 year old photo Lifeworks Photography


Always wanted to do a cake smash shoot?

If you think you would prefer a Birthday themed shoot, we advise booking your session a few days after your child first birthday party.  This works really well as you can bring in any special birthday outfits, a few of the party props, such as balloons etc.  We find many families love to bring in a cupcake or cake to create havoc with. This is always great fun, yes it’s likely to get messy! What a fun way to celebrate your little one’s first year.

1 year old photo


1 year old photo


Something timeless more your style? 

If you like the idea of an indoor shoot but are wanting to steer away from a themed shoot.  That is absolutely fine too. Let us know what ideas you have.

A session can focus on showing them just as they are, naturally inquisitive and full of love.


1 year old photo Lifeworks Photography


Are you wanting to involve the family?


Family portraits can be done at any time, but when your child turns one is a great time.  Usually your child will be dressed in a special outfit you have brought with you.   A family portrait is a beautiful way to celebrate all those special relationships. Thinking about what you will all wear and planning a little will result in portraits you will love all that little bit more! Nothing dates a photo more than fashion and bad haircuts!

Keep it simple is our favourite motto, simple styles, simple lines, simple colour palettes and tones.


Photos 9 month old


You do not have to match, but along a similar theme works the best. Dress as if you are going to the same place, eg. all casual or all dressy. Break it up a little with some variation, eg. all in jeans (denim has been around for years and always works well) similar toned shirts, eg. lighter to medium or medium to darker tones (not t-shirts unless all very trim as they tend to hug the body) add in a scarf or accessory, sleeves of some style are preferred as women always comment on their arms, armpits do not photograph well and bra straps always peek out of singlet tops. AVOID a mix-mash of patterns, checks and florals, this becomes too busy and distracting.


A great option and usually very easy to put together in Melbourne are darker (blues, greys, blacks etc) tones, simple, longer sleeved dark tones accentuate faces and are generally very flattering.

or just the siblings?

toddler baby photographyFamily photography by Lifeworks Photography


We believe children can be photographed at every age, as photographers we are limited only by your youngest child’s capabilities.   There are a few decisions that need to be made before your little ones 1-year-old photo session.  Discussing your likes, ideas with us can really help you decide on a photoshoot that satisfies both your wants and needs. We will customise your shoot to suit your needs.   

Our contact number is 03 9482 2006.

Lifeworks photography has been operating for over 25 years and is based in Melbourne, Australia to find out more about us and see more of our work, please visit our website Kids and Family Gallery


We hope that this has been an informative blog about what to expect when getting your 1 year old photos done by us.  We would love to hear from you with any other question you may have regarding a session with Lifeworks Photography. We are happy to custom design a shoot that suits you and your family’s needs.


So if you love our work give us a call or fill our contact form. We look forward to chatting soon,


Julie and Tracy xxx

You don’t want miss out on capturing your little one at this important time in their lives!