Celebrating with 1st Birthday Photos at Home

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Document the first birthday as an important milestone with a lifestyle family photo session.

Celebrating a child’s first birthday is such a big milestone. It isn’t just that your baby is turning one, but it means that you survived the first year! So first, a big congratulations and happy day to your family if your little one is turning one. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the first year. There is so much growth with your child changing daily. In so many ways, that first year flies by.

However, the first year is also about little sleep, worrying about every little thing, trying to keep your older kids from giving your baby the plague they caught from school. Not to mention, learning how to parent this little human being as they discover the world around them. That is no easy task.


Just as you took the time to have newborn photos, I think photos around a child’s first birthday are so important. Right now your baby feels so “big” but as you look back in a year, or even just six months, you will see how much of a baby they still were. I say this often, but you will never regret having photos taken of your family.

Baby's first birthday photos at home in Enumclaw, Mother and father smiling behind blue eyed baby boy

Your home is the perfect location for first birthday photos.

By having family photos done in your home, you can have your family captured in the spaces you made memories over the past year. Your child will be most comfortable in his own space. In addition, if the weather is poor (which, let’s face it, is a reality often in Seattle) you don’t have to worry about layering your child up. If your child is a new walker or still crawling, all those extra layers can make it difficult for them to move. And we can always jump just outside your home for a few family photos, giving you the best of both worlds for their first birthday photos.

Photo of one year old boy holding father's hand during Seattle area portrait session

Also, if you’re worried your space does not resemble something designed by the lovely, Joanna Gaines, don’t fret. I’m not photographing your home, I’m just capturing your family. All I need is one window and your family, and together we will create beautiful portraits. These photos will serve as special memories of your baby’s first birthday.

Seattle cake smash portrait of baby boy's first birthday

Let them eat cake.

Who doesn’t love cake? Okay, many one-year-olds don’t. However, the first birthday cake smash is a fun tradition. At the end of your session, we can let him eat cake and I will photograph it. (Extra perk, when he’s all messy, you’re already home and can throw him in the bath straight afterward!)

My approach to the cake smash for first birthday photos, is laid-back. There aren’t extra props or elaborate setups that can overwhelm your baby. Instead, it’s a simple setup with a baby, and a cake. We can use a spot on the floor, at the table or in their high chair.

One year old boy with blue frosting covered hands during cake smash session in a Seattle hom

Ready to celebrate your baby’s first birthday with a lifestyle portrait session? Contact me to start the process.

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