Dumpling is 1 years old! He can climb, walk, and has a arsenal of gibberish vocabulary but his favourite word is dad. Not mom, but I’m working on that.
We decided to get non-blurry, well-lit photos done for a change. My Google research landed on Elle Marie Photography because Lyndsey’s portfolio showcased exactly the right style that I had in mind. They was bright, candid, and captured personality. Plus, the price was right at $250.
In preparation, I put together a Pinterest mood board and planned the right outfits, props and ordered a smash cake. Seriously, when it came to photo day – planning can only get you so far.
The day of the shoot, Dumpling refused to take his morning nap. We arrived at Lyndsey’s new home studio with a cranky and tired baby. His usually happy demeanor was really hard to coax out of him even with all the special moves – funny faces, funny dances and funny noises like fart sounds.
Most of the time, we were chasing him around the room. Oh, and he is fast. At daycare, they call him a ninja (maybe there is an Asian reference there too).
Well, we tried our best and so did Dumpling. We can’t blame him, a photoshoot isn’t exactly the same as a day at Gymboree. Here are the highlights that came out of our session.
Honestly, we are so happy with the photos. For the day we had, we still got a few pictures where he was smiling from ear to ear.
- Be patient
- Bring snacks for your child
- Bring snacks for yourself
- Keep the cake box – if any of it is salvageable, then you can bring it home to enjoy
- Try bubbles
- Bring a few favourite toys that will bring out your child’s playful side
- Buy a cheap and colourful cake. We got ours from Metro for $7.49.
- Again, be patient and have fun!