Monthly Baby Stats Picture Tutorial

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Monthly Baby Stats Picture Tutorial: Child at Heart Blog

As you all know, I love taking pictures of my new baby girl!  I can’t help but share them on Instagram and love coming up with new ways to document this super special first year of life.  One of the ways I’m doing this is by taking a monthly stat picture of her with everything that made that particular month so special.   This idea would also be great for the beginning of each school year or birthday against a light background wall.  I wanted to share how I’m doing that with PicMonkey, which is the website I use to edit most of the pictures I take.

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Here is a step-by-step tutorial for adding text to your baby or child’s photo:

This is the final product for her two month stats picture and here is how I did it…

Monthly Baby Stats Picture Tutorial: Child at Heart Blog

First you take a picture of your baby with a white or very light blanket.  If you are doing this with an older child each year, just use a light or white background wall.

Photography Tip:  Use a space next to a window or outside in the shade to get the best results.  I also recommend not using a flash EVER for things like this because it really messes up the color and shadows.

Now crop your image using PicMonkey.  Make sure your child is off to one side so that you will have plenty of room for text.

Monthly Baby Stats Picture Tutorial: Child at Heart Blog

Now you might need to brighten up your image a little bit like I did.  I use the Curves tool on PicMonkey Royal because it makes every picture a little brighter and better.  I pull the middle up just a bit like I did below and look at the difference it makes!

Monthly Baby Stats Picture Tutorial: Child at Heart Blog

For this project, I also decided to use the Tranquil filter at about 80% to just soften up the picture a little bit.

Monthly Baby Stats Picture Tutorial: Child at Heart Blog

Now let’s start adding text.  I always use the same font (Wanderlust from Creative Market) from the “yours” section of text on PicMonkey for my month.

Monthly Baby Stats Picture Tutorial: Child at Heart Blog

I’ve been taking these pictures in her little pjs and I want the fonts to match her clothes each month.  To get a font to match the color from her pajamas exactly, you just click on the little color bar shown below, and a little dropper tool will appear.  Then you go hover over the color you want to copy, and it matches your font to that image.  Here I hovered over her feet to get the color for my text.

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Now comes to fun part!  Just think about everything that you say to your baby, all of their silly nicknames that you can’t explain (Punkin Lunkin), and what they were up to that month.  I just alternate between script and block fonts, change up the colors, and position the text in all different ways.   I do repeat colors and fonts so that it looks cohesive.

Monthly Baby Stats Picture Tutorial: Child at Heart Blog

When you have it exactly like you want it, save!  Now with PicMonkey you can’t go work on it once you leave that image so make sure you get the spelling right.  🙂

Monthly Baby Stats Picture Tutorial: Child at Heart Blog

Here is her finished 2 month picture.  I love how I could do this every year on the first day of school too and have a great way to remember all of those special days as well.  I am thinking of turning these into a book once the year is over too which would be a nice way to look back on this wonderful year.

Monthly Baby Stats Picture Tutorial: Child at Heart Blog

If you use this idea with your own babies or kids, please email me because I would love to see your finished products and share them with my readers as well!  If you aren’t using PicMonkey, please go check it out because I LOVE LOVE LOVE it and it allows you to do so much without any knowledge of photo editing.

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19 Comments

  1. Christine March 13, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tutorial! Do you have a link for that blanket?

    • Deonna March 22, 2018 at 10:04 am - Reply

      I don’t but I bought it from Walmart a really long time ago. 🙂

  2. Bre. Geiger October 21, 2017 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    Yours remind me of the ones I took for my son Gentry! http://www.thesentimentalmama.com/monthly-baby-photos-tips-tricks/ I wish he was still that small! 🙁

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  4. Michelle September 8, 2016 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I made one today and I am obsessed! How do I share a picture?

    • Deonna September 9, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Hey Michelle! You can share it on Instagram and tag me @thechildatheartblog or just email it to me at deonnawade@gmail.com I really want to see it!

  5. Mikala July 26, 2016 at 7:05 am - Reply

    This is a wonderful tutorial! My first baby girl is on the way, so this was so helpful. Your baby girl is just darling! I couldn’t help but see references to Red River and Artesia.. If you’re talking New Mexico, I lived in Artesia for a couple of years. 🙂

    • Deonna July 27, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Hey Mikala! I hope you will share pictures if you follow the tutorial. Yes I am from NM and we go to Red River every summer…when did you live in Artesia? My husband loves that I’m still obsessed with the Bulldogs 🙂

  6. Nette July 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    I love this idea!! Thank you for the tutorial. I just started my monthly baby photos and found your blog soo helpful!

    • Deonna July 27, 2016 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      Hey Nette! Please share pictures if you use the tutorial because I would LOVE to see them! Stay in touch!

  7. Kayla July 16, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Does picmonkey charge to use their editing tools? I am so interested in doing this with my baby girl!

    • Deonna July 27, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      Hey Kayla! They don’t for most of their features but I pay like 5 bucks a month to open up everything…the one tool that makes it worth it to me is the curves tool that I talk about. It’s really useful just brightening up a picture a bit! 🙂 Let me know if you have any more questions about it!

  8. Jerad Van Dyke July 5, 2016 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I have been so curious about the best way to make these. Your tutorial was so helpful and I am grateful for the help. Im expecting our first & will be doing this every month. May even try to document the rest of my pregnancy this way! Ill try to share my results. Thanks again!

    • Deonna July 6, 2016 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Hey Jerad! Oh please please share pictures and let me know if you have any questions! 🙂

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  10. James Bergman May 21, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Your daughter is really cute and you did a really good job with the pictures. I know that I really struggle to get good pictures of my kids, it doesn’t matter how old they are. However, I think the problem is with me. I do tend to just leave the flash on. I just thought that was the best way to get the proper lighting. I’ll turn it off and see what I can do. Thanks for the heads up!

    • Deonna May 22, 2016 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      Hey James! Yeah I never use the flash and it really does make pictures more natural and less yellow looking to me. Of course you have to use it sometimes if your subject is moving but I just don’t love the color it creates. Thanks for the comment!

  11. Morgan Tyree May 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I want to have more babies so I can make cute pictures like you! Your daughter is precious and I love how to created such a fun way to display her growth and changes. Love, love, love.

    • Deonna May 19, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks Morgan! Yeah I thought this was my last baby for sure but now I am having so much fun with her…who knows 🙂

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