When his mom, Angela, contacted the studio to ask to schedule a First Birthday session she let us know that this wouldn’t be the typical session with parents. Both sets of grandparents were going to be in town, and Angela wanted to schedule the session for when they were there as a gift to them to thank them and honor them. I was ALL for this and absolutely loved it.
I was so fortunate to have two wonderful sets of grandparents who were both heavily involved in my life, and I still have one set here with me today that I remain incredibly close to. The images with my grandparents are something that I cherish and show to my own children. To be able to facilitate in giving that gift to another family is amazing and such an honor for me!
Angela also asked to treat Sven’s grandmother’s to makeup services, so we set that up with Ellis who traveled to their home before they came to the studio. We sent along our style guide to Angela so she could coordinate with everyone on what to wear. When the group walked into my studio, I told Angela she’d nailed it and it was the perfect mix of colors, patterns, and texture while also keeping it true to everyone’s unique personalities and style preferences. Sven was a little bit stoic when he first arrived, but this is normal for his personality. I love serious images of babies just as much as I love happy ones. It shows a range of their expressions and a look into their personality that you wouldn’t get if every photo looked exactly the same.
We rotated through grandparent pairings and groupings and it was just SO cute to see Sven interacting with his grandparents. He is one very loved little boy! Once we were finished with all of the grandparent images, we moved on to Sven’s solo portraits.
By this point, Sven was comfortable with me and was starting to interact and smile. He made some of the CUTEST little faces and showed off his adorable dimples. I love watching how babies will arrange themselves when they sit in a chair, and Sven immediately went into the perfect little cross legged pose all on his own. Then he started grabbing his little toes… and well, if you know me, you know I don’t think there’s anything much cuter than a baby playing with their toes. Sven wasn’t walking alone just yet, but I enlisted one of his grandmas to come and give him a helping hand.
We then moved to the cake smash portion. This part is completely optional for clients, but it’s a lot of fun! Angela had brought a cute little cake from Publix which was simple and had fun sprinkles. As soon as Angela placed the smash cake in front of him, he dug right in and showed us a little glimpse of his two bottom teeth. I think he was pretty happy about it, don’t you?
I can’t wait to see this little guy again at our upcoming Santa event in December and see him running around. As a note, our Santa event is sold out, but you can still get on the wait list!
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Lily Sophia Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and family photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.