Sindi emailed me to set up a First Birthday portrait session for her younger daughter. I had last seen Rylan for her sitting milestone session, and you can see those images by clicking here. It has been so much fun getting to know her parents over the past few years since I started photographing them when they were expecting their first child, Rylan’s big sister!
Since Rylan’s last session had doubled as a family session too, Sindi opted to keep the focus totally on Rylan for this one. You’ll notice that a cake smash didn’t take place during this session! First Birthday sessions can incorporate a cake (or an alternative like donuts if that’s more your style!) or just be focused on your baby. There is no right or wrong way to plan it - it is whatever your preference is!
Sindi had bought along some of the most ADORABLE outfits for Rylan. The first striped seersucker dress was from a local store, and the second Spanish styled lace top with a denim flounce skirt was from Amazon, of all places! Amazon is actually such a great resource to shop for special outfits. In all honesty, the fabric quality of some items on Amazon is not that great, but they photograph beautifully. So if you only care about how an outfits looks in a photograph and not the durability over time, definitely consider browsing Amazon for your baby’s First Birthday outfit!
Rylan was such a sweet and happy baby and made the funniest expressions! Sindi and I kept laughing throughout the session at over how ridiculously cute she was. I used a variety of things in the studio to show off her pulling up skills. Since Rylan was not walking yet, I focused on her pulling up and crawling. Only about half of my one year old clients are walking at the First Birthday session, so don’t worry if your baby is not there yet! The point of a First Birthday session is to capture your baby exactly as they were at that milestone and document the skills that they do have. Crawling photos are just as cute as walking ones - and I promise that you will badly miss the days when they scurried towards you on the floor.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from Rylan’s session!
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Lily Sophia Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and family photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.