Your baby is turning 1 soon! This is the birthdays of all birthdays! You want to capture this day so you can look back on it later. Keep this little checklist handy so you don't wake up the next day to realize you yourself are not in any of the shots (Tip nr 5 ;-).
1. Waking up: In our family, we wake up the birthday boy (I have 3 boys) by entering the room singing and holding a muffin or small cake with a candle. That's our thing, but every family has their traditions. Be sure to capture it. It's something unique to you, and kids tend to remember traditions vividly.
2. Decorations/Theme Whether you're having a theme party or just went all out with balloons and confetti, you'll want to remember the theme because it says something about the stages of life. Going from a Sponge Bob cake, to Spiderman, to Batman, to a Football theme.
3. Cake Capture the cake! Obviously. Before anyone eats from it or does a cake smash (capture the smash too obviously)
4. Party outfit Are we dressing up? Yes we are! The birthday outfit can be a big thing. To be honest, it isn't that big of a thing in our family. But instead I take portraits of all of us wearing party hats. That makes for a great collage.
5. Parents Seriously, my kids would have thought I missed their birthday parties if I had not used this tip. In our family, I take the pictures so I am not in any of them! Solution? Ask a friend to take pics as well. Also add a group picture of your family.
6. Presents Pile of presents, baby diving in and opening them. Who knows, there might be a favorite stuffed toy among them that will join your little one when he goes off to college. How fun to have a memory of that first encounter.
7. Partying Get random shots of everyone mingling (not always posing for the camera). That captures the vibe and energy and will bring you back to that very first birthday years from now.
Create lots of beautiful memories, be in the moment, invest in the memories and ... Have fun!
PS To capture even better memories, check out our First Birthday Booklet