DIY Indoor Photoshoot for One-Year-Old

12:00 PM Mayen Acebron 7 Comments

I love DIYs. If I want something for myself, my husband and my son I will check first if I can make a DIY version before buying or paying for anything. So on my son's one year birthday, we decided to DIY his baby milestone photoshoot. There were several reasons.

First, I have a husband who considers photography as a hobby and he also attended a short photography and editing training. So it's going to be a shame if we don't put that to good use. Second, we have the basic photography equipment. Third, I can definitely DIY our props because I only have a simple concept for the shots that I like. Besides, Pinterest is just a few clicks away for inspiration. Fourth, we can easily convert his play area as a simple studio for the photoshoot. And finally, baby milestone, I look up online, is very expensive. So instead of spending for a professional photoshoot might as well save the money and spend it on more meaningful things, like preparing our home for him, the Montessori way.

Today, I just a want to share how we prepared for the shoot, what happened during the photoshoot, what to expect and show you the outcome of our simple indoor photoshoot with our very active one-year-old. Kind of behind the scene, in case you want to do it yourself in the future.

We planned for an outdoor photoshoot but on the day that we scheduled it, Jarvis and two other kids (his cousins) who supposed to come with us, got sick, so we had to cancel. Then the weekend that followed became very busy so we didn't get a chance. We still plan to pursue the outdoor photoshoot because we really want to bring Jarvis in a nearby park to explore and play anyway. But we settled for an indoor photoshoot for the time being.

If you are going to DIY your baby's one-year-old photoshoot, It'll be helpful to have a theme or at least color palette for the photoshoot. For Jarvis' birthday, we opted for black, white and gold color theme. So I patterned the photoshoot to that. We came up with two almost similar set-ups.

On the first set-up, I printed out banners spelled as O-N-E. I just saw the free printable on Pinterest. It has that black board and chalk effect that goes with the theme, so it's perfect! Here's the link in case you want to use it.

On the second set-up, I cut out buntings that will serve as background. I bought gold foil, black and white Carolina and I searched Google for the black, white and gold pattern, printed them out and cut them, bunting style.

I also used our chevron throw as background because it goes with the theme. Then I added the crate with books for good measures.  Of course, this photoshoot will not be complete without the cake shot. We buy and photograph Jarvis with a cake every month since he turned one month. Therefore, it is a must to have cake shot for his one year birthday.  We used our good old white cake stand and put a white blanket on our tiled floor to complete the set-up.

As for the outfit, as you can see, it's very simple. We were going for a "little stud-muffin"  look, so it's okay if he doesn't have a shirt on. We just put him on gray pants and gold-black cloth diaper. I think he pulled that off so well. He's my son, what do you expect? Of course, I'll be head over heels with him.

Preparing for the photoshoot was easy, the hardest part was getting decent shots of a very active little stud- muffin. I was so exhausted after the shoot. I was the one who kept putting him back to the spot, played with him for awhile then try to leave the frame so the dad can snap photos. 

I don't know how other photographers managed to get Pinterest-y shots of a toddler because it was really hard for us. I enjoyed the preparation so much that I was toying with the idea of starting a baby photoshoot business with my husband. But after the photoshoot with my very own baby, I wasn't so sure anymore. At least now I understand why baby milestone photoshoot is so expensive. Hehe..

In the end, we managed to get a few decent shots and a lot of out of focus, subject- not-ready-yet and funny shots.  At the end of the day, my husband and I still feel proud of ourselves for what we did. Also, our subject didn't feel pressured or pissed as well. We stopped when we know he's about to get tired. So we all finished peacefully. I hope you find some good tips on how to DIY your baby's milestone photoshoot. Maybe next time we'll get better at this! Thanks for being here.


  1. I am going to DIY baby's 1st bday mommy and I also wish I can pull it off. My DSLR was broken so I cannot really make a photoshoot with him. I will just let my friends shoot him on his birthday itself. Thanks for the link mommy. I will try to print out letters with my babies name on it.

    1. Good luck on your photoshoot with your baby. It's going to be exciting for sure.

  2. So nice naman Mommy. What is that white background pala that looks like white bricks? Is it your wall na?

    1. No sis. It's actually a wall foam brick sticker that I bought from shopee!

  3. Photography is one of the best media to capture momentous events in one's life for posterity. But a caution is strictly advised to take kid's photo to avoid using flash that might damage his eyes.

  4. I looove the banner and the printables! It looks really nice! ♥ I DIY'd my son's 1st & 2nd birthday - they weren't perfect but I felt fulfilled. Iba ang saya pag ikaw naghirap sa lahat. Belated happy birthday, baby boy! ♥

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