Today, I’m bouncing off of my “First Birthday Party” blogpost and sharing extra of Caroline’s superb photographs, plus my photoshoot picnic planning ideas.
Here is How to Plan a 1st Birthday Picnic Photoshoot – my 5 ideas!…
Professional Photos for Rosalie’s First Birthday
Hiring knowledgeable photographer to take photographs of our household was the one “must do” factor I had deliberate for Rosalie’s birthday. Oh, and an epic cake. I prefer to assume I nailed each these duties. (Take that COVID period!)
Really, I’m so glad I didn’t flake on my photoshoot plan! Even although my preliminary “big party” plan bought the boot attributable to COVID, I nonetheless felt that we totally celebrated this little lady — and our milestone of turning into dad and mom and surviving the primary yr.
(We additionally occurred to have a good time our fifteenth marriage ceremony anniversary about two weeks earlier than, in order that was one other large milestone too!)
Professional Photographer: Caroline White
Just like with my maternity photographs, for this Birthday Picnic Photoshoot, I reached out to the one and solely Caroline White.
Caroline is without doubt one of the most superb photographers ever. Shoutout to her for capturing this second in time with grace, enjoyable and love — and going with the move by way of a poofy scratchy gown that mother picked out, teething tears, one of many hottest days all yr, a damaged bubble blower, my last-minute outfit drama, just a few teenagers who tried to takeover our grassy picnic spot — and quite a lot of impromptu foolish monkey sounds.
You are a photoshoot queen Caroline! (And a most superb human too. Which at all times helps.)
How I Planned the Photoshoot – Five Tips
I had a lot enjoyable planning this backyard occasion, birthday picnic photoshoot. Granted the time that went into planning was rather more than the precise photoshoot itself, and I kinda failed at preparations as a result of with about ten minutes till “go time” I nonetheless had not discovered what I used to be going to put on. Whoops. But total it labored out completely, and I’ll treasure these photographs ceaselessly.
Here are my 5 ideas…
1 – Pick Out the Mood and Go From There
I’m not likely a particulars particular person, guys. I’m extra an enormous image, total tone and temper lady. So I dove into my intestine and pulled out candy secret backyard occasion vibes. I wished Rosalie to be in a flowery birthday gown and distinction that with us in informal outfits – denims, and many others. I wished cute and candy. So I added some female components like florals and bubbles and a comfortable picnic blanket in white and light-weight black. And then the addition of cupcakes and cute stuffed animals. I wished all these gentle pastel colours – nothing daring or primary-colored. I wished Rosalie to face out and embrace all of the enjoyable props and simply benefit from the cute setup.
So yeah, the temper was traditional, candy, pastel-colored, backyard occasion, girly, informal meets fancy, enjoyable and festive.
2 – Prop Shopping and Finding
I had quite a lot of the props for this photoshoot already in my dwelling, which saved quite a lot of money and time. Items just like the stuffed animals and bubble blowers and even some baskets.
For the remaining props, I shopped on-line at Target. Easy! There I discovered an ideal throw blanket that matched the picnic blanket vibes I wished, a cake stand, a picnic basket with thick wooden, and that cake topper that stated “One” — that Rosalie destroyed in about 5 seconds — was from Amazon.
Carrying the props over to the park, I felt like I had gone overboard and introduced an excessive amount of stuff. But the props really turned out so effectively within the precise photographs and so they additionally gave Rosalie components to work together with.
3 – Outfits
I simply knew that I wished us to be informal in distinction together with her being tremendous fancy. It was her birthday, and that’s additionally how we dwell our life today. Everything is for Rosalie! We love this little princess a lot.
So the day of the photoshoot I began to freak out and fear that we’d look too informal. I began pulling out piles of clothes from my closet, questioning if I ought to put on one thing that matched Rosalie an enormous extra. But I nonetheless ended up in black skinny denims and a Britney tee. My husband all in black too. And I cherished the distinction. I’m so glad I caught to my unique imaginative and prescient.
However, Rosalie hated her large, costly gown – ha! So about midway by way of the shoot, the gown got here off. Good factor I had some cute diaper cowl lingerie over prime her diaper!
4 – Location …. And Timing the Nap Just Right (Or Attempting to..)
Location. My fundamental tip is to remain native. Do it at dwelling if potential. In your yard. Under a fairly tree. Or if vital, go to a neighborhood park. We had been fortunate sufficient to shoot these photographs on the park simply down the road from us, so we didn’t even use our automotive!! Yes, I schlepped alllll these things. But Rosalie cherished not being put in her automotive seat.
Stay native and attempt to nap proper earlier than the photoshoot. The child that’s. Or you too. If you’re fortunate.
So, we didn’t time the nap very effectively as a result of as standard, we wished the photoshoot at “golden hour” aka sundown. So by the point we went over to the picnic spot, Rosalie had been awake for about 5-6 hours and was drained. She simply wasn’t feeling a day nap that day.
Oh effectively. We survived. Just a few additional fussy tears, but it surely was okay.
And when all else fails, give them a vegan cupcake and hope that perks them up, ha.
5 – Have Fun … Don’t Stress .. Show Up
The beauty of planning even a tiny bit is that you just actually can simply present up and have enjoyable. Seriously, this can be a child’s photoshoot, messiness is okay. A talented photographer will be capable of seize stunning photographs irrespective of how excellent your hair is coiffed or how elegantly you painted in your eyeliner.
Sure, make-up, hair and colourful or considerate outfits assist rather a lot. But don’t let any failure in these areas mess along with your temper. The temper is a very powerful factor for an awesome picture! Remember that. So discover one thing foolish to giggle about and have enjoyable.
I feel Rosalie’s favourite a part of the entire shoot was after we put her fancy, sparkly, rose-gold “One” cake topper on a cupcake and he or she instantly ripped it off and tore it in half. My mouth gaped open and I cringed. I had been ready to make use of that dainty factor for weeks now. Rosalie let it dwell for 5 seconds. LOL. Half of the topper in hand, she squealed in delight. And we bought the good picture of her with each arms within the air out of that second.
Have enjoyable and completely satisfied photoshooting!!