Life captured beautifully.

First Birthday Photoshoot

It was time for my little man’s first birthday photo session and you know I’ve been planning this in the back of my mind for months now.  I had always envisioned it being this beautiful black and gold color combination and I’ve got to say I’m very pleased with the outcome.  It’s unlike anything I’ve seen.  I hate it when I feel like I’m just doing my own version of something I already found online.  This idea was totally original as far as I’m concerned.

I love the way he started chowing down on the cake!  Although I didn’t let him get quite as carried away as I did at his party because I knew I wanted to take a few more after this and the black frosting can really soak into their skin and leave some not-so-attractive marks that I didn’t want to have to Photoshop out of all his other pictures.

The “cake smash to bath” idea wasn’t original, I’ve got to give credit to Pinterest for allowing me to stumble across that genius concept!  I had all sorts of worries about getting the bath ready ahead of time and wondered if the bubbles would all disappear, but with plenty of baby wash soap and my kitchen sinks spray nozzle, I had some sturdy bubbles!  I also worried about the water getting too chilly, but it was actually a bit hot still so I just added some cool water I had for drinking in a water bottle and that made it just right.

Adding the rubber ducky and the rolled up towel just added to the storyline and it gave Henry something to play with while I got all the shots I wanted.  I loved seeing the water splashed all over the floor and I got a couple cute ones where I actually caught the splashes and a cute expression, but if I did it again, I’d try to get more of those.  🙂

All-in-all a pretty successful shoot if I do say so myself!  I was lucky to have an old friend and fellow photographer, Emily Hassing of The Sparkling Image to help be my extra hands as Henry is very mobile and I didn’t want him to tip out of the bowl onto his head.  Older brother Collin was also on hand to help me tease those smiles out of his little brother when he first seemed pretty hesitant about the whole idea.


Henry1year-026Bath2I just love this one, on it’s own…

Henry1year-032 And this one makes me swoon for some reason, especially with a vintage color effect added.Henry1year-051Rebecca


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