her first year {an idea for monthly baby pictures}

I will not take credit for this idea…however I can’t remember where I first saw it either.  There are a billion and two ways to do monthly pictures. I have done them differently with each kid. I think these are my favorite. They aren’t all perfectly the same. Nor were they all actually taken on the 7th of the month..eventually I was 2 weeks behind each month and just kept it that way…and I missed month 6 because I took so many other posed pics that month. Oh well. The first collage is the more of what the original idea was. The second collage is some outtakes from the process. I love them both. To top it off when I was 9 months pregnant with her I went looking for one of these big calendars -thinking I’d have to buy 2, one for 2009 and one for 2010 . Well TARGET is awesome. They had a July 2009-July 2010 calendar. Score.

Some outtakes.

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  • Susan - SOOO cute! Love the idea on recording her first year and watching her personality develop!!

  • danielle - I love this idea so much. Great, now I have to have another baby!

  • Sarah - oh my! those chunky little rolls! don’t you miss those?! She has turned into such a beautiful lady! it’s great to have these pics to see just how much she’s changed from month to month. love the outtakes!

  • Shannon - Oh Ashley! She is an absolute joy! I just love waking up and having your blog to read first thing every morning, and these pics of FireCracker are too much fun! She is GORGEOUS and so expressive. Love it! i love the November “outtake” and the one of her sitting right next to it. They are just delish!

  • Jodi - What an incredibly-amazing-original idea!!!! I love it. This kid is over the top cute!!

  • margaret - What a great idea! I wish I had done something like this for my son’s first year.

  • christina larsen - So cool. She is precious!!!

  • karen davis - hahahahah LOVE November in the out takes!

  • Nicole - Love this idea – heading to target as our own ‘Baby Sister’ is coming any day now!! Thanks!!

  • Meagan - Awesome idea! She is so cute! I’m glad to see that she pulls her headbands off too!

  • Yanet - Why couldn’t you have been around when my little ones were ltiny??!! This is a super cute idea!

  • Shauna - This is definetly the coolest idea Ive seen for monthly pictures!

  • Lisa Johnson - Brilliant! Absolutely Brilliant!

  • giozi - Ha ha ha is really really good, you’ve maked me smile

  • shelly@familyblt - I love this! love! totally unfair though, because it makes me want to have another bambino. I still love it though 😛

  • elizabeth - she is SO cute I can’t stand it! what a wonderful way to document the first year. thanks for sharing such a fun idea.

  • Kate A - Oh, goodness, I LOVE this!!! By far the most creative idea for monthly pictures – love how it tracks her growth, too.

  • bopha - i love it!! i will definitely have to try this, my monthly pics were always weeks behind with Madden.

  • Heather - so fantastic! i just love this. i didn’t do anything like with with either of my kids and now i wish i had.

  • ria - I love this idea.

  • Karli - This is one of the coolest ideas I’ve ever seen! My youngest of 3 is already one – rats!! AWESOME pics!

  • angie - Best idea. Ever.

  • Allison - I love this idea! And your baby is just SO stinkin’ cute.

  • Kristi - That is the cutest idea! Now I cant wait to have another baby to try that out! But besides that idea she is so cute!! The bottom left picture on the last line she looks so much like the Gerber baby!

  • Vicki - What a great way to try and bottle up that most important first year…great stuff!

  • Crystal - Great idea! Precious baby girl!!!

  • the inadvertent farmer - Miss November is hilarious! Kim

  • Casey - oh how I wish I could have another baby! such a fantastic idea 🙂

  • Jeannette - Are you kidding? Those are awesome!!! I need the chance to try that out!

  • Jen V. - What an adorable idea. The outtakes are ridiculously fun as well. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Emily - LOVE this idea…couldn’t do it as cute as you, but I love it!

  • Derek Henderson - This is amazing. My wife talks about your blog all the time, and thought I would check it out…this series really hit home with me because we just had a baby. She is very pretty. 🙂

  • Sophie - This is SUCH an adorable idea! I have to use it one day!

    I also read the blog of a couple who’ve just had a baby girl and on a weekly basis they put her in a white onesie, lay her on a pretty piece of fabric and photoshop the number of weeks onto her chest. Looks like customized onesies for 52 weeks of the year!

    And this means that I’ve been reading your blog for one year now! Doesn’t seem like that long, though. I started reading just before you gave birth (:

  • lifeologia - Oh I love this idea. What a great prop and to see what she does with it.
    This makes me want another baby to do this idea. ;D
    Well done. As always Ashley. When do you find time to go through your photos????

  • emily anderson - i am loving the out-takes!

  • Abby - She’s so CUTE. But you already know this. I did month-to-month photos with my little guy, too, and love how they came out. This is an awesome idea to keep in my back pocket should ever need it!

  • Kristin - That is such a cute idea!!! And all of the pictures are adorable!!

  • Kara - Such a cute idea! And relatively simple! Love it!

  • Jill E. - I just started working with a family doing a monthly shot for their newborn and i think this could really be a great end result. thanks so much.

  • patti - what a great idea! thanks for sharing!

  • robyn - i LOVE this idea. my friend is about to have a baby and im going to share this with her!
    so adorable!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh Ashley! I love the bottom left! She is beautiful!

  • Desiree - I LOVE it! I’m definitely stealing that idea next time!

  • Lacey McKay - Ooooh! LOVE IT! I wish I’d thought of this for my girls! So fun!

  • Carissa Miller - LOVE IT! Darn it! Now I am going to have to have another baby just so I can use this idea! 🙂

  • Tysha - I am going to have another baby just so I can do this! Awesome idea! I love how it illustrates her growth and development over the course of the year…such an amazing course of events, that first year 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! Each time I look at your blog it lifts my spirits!

  • Kendra - What an awesome idea! It almost makes me want to try for #3 — almost! She’s adorable.

  • andy - love the idea
    mine is now 6 weeks and i don’t have a big cal like that
    maybe next one (hehe)
    we are taking them on her changing table for now

  • Lesley - Okay, so it looks like I’m going to need you help in brainstorming ideas for P’s pics! These are awesome!

  • renata Moore - I Love it! My baby boy is 11 months and we’ve being doing a little felt crown with the number for the month on it. We also missed a month (2nd, I guess was a busy one) The latest one is him chewing on the crown, hehehe… love how simple the calendar idea is! I may use it for the next baby!

  • kate - I’m new to your blog, and I love it! I just found out that I am pregnant with my first (!) and I can’t wait to do something like this, starting next March. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  • Danielle - Awesome Idea! I am so excited that I found your blog!

  • Jill - Amazing idea…and adorable! My sister is having a baby next month and is all over this… I’m not sure my 12, 14, or 18 year olds would go for it, but I might try anyway! 🙂

  • darcy jerome - Oh how I wish I would have done this with my little gal! This is so fun! I shared this blog post on my FB page (along with several of your other posts) and now I am helping a friend do this every month with her new little man! Thank you for posting this and all of the other fun things! Your blog is on my daily “must read” list!


  • Jen - I’m just getting ready to start monthly pictures for my daughter and I stumbled upon this from a google search. I LOVE it! Can’t wait to go buy some calendars tomorrow. Thanks!

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  • Kate - This is such a great idea! I featured it on my blog today.


    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Adrienne - Hi, Ashley. We’d love to feature your monthly photo idea in an up-coming post. I didn’t see another contact method on your website, so please e-mail me and I will send the details.
    Administrative Assistant,
    I Heart Faces

  • Jessica R - I did this! Thank you for the inspiration!

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