Milestone pictures are all the rage right now. Especially with babies. There are newborn portraits, one month portraits, three month portraits, six month, one year, etc., etc. And you know what? I think these are great! Getting professional pictures done at milestones is a wonderful way to not only document an important time in your child’s life, but also a good way to keep your friends and family in the know.

Everyone is familiar with the baby milestones, but as our children get older we think less about their milestones, and less about documenting them. One age that is usually not thought about as a “milestone” age is five. I don’t know why it isn’t, it is one of the most important ages in your children’s lives. Want to know why? Well, here are five reasons why you should get milestone portraits done at the age of five:

5. They’re About To Lose All Their Teeth
Children usually start losing their baby teeth in between the age of five and seven. You should get those pictures done now, because the next couple of years your child may have a few holes up front.

4. They’re Moving Up to the Big Leagues 
Say bye to kindergarten and hello to real school! Soon your child will be learning to read, write, be making new friends, and going to a different school. If graduating kindergarten and moving into grade school isn’t a milestone, I don’t know what is.

3. Bye Bye Chubby Cheeks, Hello Lanky Grade-Schooler
I know you hate to think about it, but your baby is no longer a baby. Around five the last physical signs of toddler age are fading away. According to childparenting.com,“at five, many children continue to grow out of their chubby-cheeked toddler and preschooler years and begin developing into the lanky grade-schoolers they will become. This is when kids begin to lose fat and gain muscle.” This is a perfect time for portraits, because you are capturing the end of the toddler and preschool years, and the beginning of the grade-school years.

2. You’re About to Move a Lot More
Around five children’s motor skills really start to develop. They start to learn things like how to tie shoes, and how to use buttons. Along with these advancements comes a yearning to test out new skills. Be prepared for a lot of hopscotch, soccer, climbing, jumping, and other things that will ensure you get a good nights sleep. These activities are wonderful to document in portrait sessions. They show what your child was interested in at this age, and also provide some wonderful opportunities to get genuine, non posed pictures.

1. You Can Never Have Too Many Pictures of Your Children
I know you have heard it before, but that’s because it’s true. Childhood goes by so fast, and before you know it your child will be graduating high school. Five years old is the perfect time to capture the innocence of childhood, mixed with just a hint of the young man or woman your child is growing up to be.

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About the Author: Jared Jarvis is a professional photographer based out of Houston, TX. He is the owner and lead photographer at Jared M. Jarvis Photography. He specializes in family portraits, engagement, and wedding photography. To view his work, or contact him, click here.