Milestone Session: How to Prepare

A new baby brings much joy to your growing family and much change to your lives. With an abundance of patience and experience, Rivka wants you to feel as relaxed and prepared as possible, knowing what you can expect during your milestone session.


The most important item is scheduling your session. Milestone sessions take place during weekdays only. The ideal time to schedule your sitter session is when baby starts to sit-up on their own but may still be a bit wobbly, and before they start crawling. For one year old milestone sessions, we can schedule a few weeks before baby's actual birthday so you may have the images in time for their actual birthday.


Milestone sessions usually take about 1 hour, and we follow your baby's cues as to their needs. There is ample time to give baby a bottle or breast mid-session to help keep them calm and happy. Making sure your baby is comfortable and satiated is our first goal - a happy baby makes for wonderful portraits! The milestone session is never rushed, we want you to feel relaxed and enjoy the session as much as possible. It really is a once in a lifetime experience - they are only this little for the briefest of moments. With years of experience working with babies and young children, Rivka has many tricks to help your baby feel comfortable during the session and hopefully; they'll laugh and smile as a reaction to her funny faces, fun songs and silly noises.


Some of the images of your milestone session will be taken when baby is in minimal or no clothing. We want to be sure to capture their sweet, chunky little bodies. The studio temperature is adjusted accordingly (it can get quite warm!) so it is recommended that parents dress appropriately. It is also recommended to bring an extra shirt in case of accidents or spit-ups. For your baby, it is important to bring all the items they (and you) may need i.e. diapers, wipes, pacifiers, necessities for feeding. If possible, please do not apply diaper rash cream the morning of your session.


Using Rivka's style of photography as a compass, we have sourced an extensive collection of props all over the US, as well as internationally from countries as close as Canada and as far as Australia. We're constantly receiving packages filled with gorgeous goodies for your little ones. Vessels of all shapes, materials and sizes include: bowls, crates, boxes, baskets, and antique finds. Handmade and hand-knit rompers, diaper covers, pants, headbands, flower crowns, bonnets and quilts fill the shelves and hang from multiple hooks. Though there is a large variety of outfits, props and blankets to choose from at the studio, feel free to bring any item that carries special value to you and we will do our best to incorporate it into the session.

Please be on time and don’t schedule any appointments or activities directly following your session. Portraiture requires a good amount of time and you don’t want to rush through your session.


We want you to love the session experience with Rivka and most importantly the end result. If you have a vision of the type of images you want to achieve, email us examples you found online or in a magazine prior to your session. We love to plan, brainstorm and innovate.


Hope you are looking forward to your session as much as we are!!

Rivka Singer Photography is an NYC and Long Island based portrait photography studio that offers a unique experience designed to capture the delicate beauty & joy of new life. Located in Roslyn, Long island, in Nassau County and near to NYC, we specialize in vibrant, polished & inspiring portraiture for maternity, newborn and baby.

Fine art portraiture