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Elliot turned two today with an awesome Planes birthday party at a park in Bend, Oregon. We had so much fun hanging out with this crew and watching Elliot and Caleb play together. All the details that Jay put into her sons birthday party were so charming that I had to take photos of them all. I really do love documenting these precious parties! Happy birthday Elliot!


Caleb’s only girl cousin, and 2nd cousin at that, turned 1! Caleb and I hopped in the car and drove 6 hours to Seattle to be there for the big celebration. It is so much fun to be near family, so we really didn’t mind the drive. We got to spend the whole weekend with Josh’s aunt, uncle and cousins. And no, Josh couldn’t go, but we really did have fun anyway!

Christi and Kevin and crazy into Lego so it was no surprise that they had a Lego themed birthday party for their one year old. Although, I’m not sure the Lego pieces are actually safe for a one year old, it was still an incredible theme! They set out a breakfast table on their little lawn filled with pastries and Lego mini figs. Then let all the kids hang out and play with the big Lego pieces. It was fun to just hang out and celebrate Tesla!

You tied the string on the last balloon, frosted the last cupcake, and put out the last of the party gifts. All the hard work, creativity and of course planning has paid off. The guests are about to arrive and there is one last thing to do. No, not checking your lip gloss in the mirror, I’m talking about taking photographs. Before the guests arrive pull out your camera and take a few close-ups of all the details of your party so you can show off your hard work for years to come.

I love photographing parties. This party was especially fun because it was my friend’s daughter’s very 1st birthday. I know how hard it is to play host and photograph your own party, so I was happy to help out my friend. Here are a few things to keep in mind at your next party to make sure you capture all the memories and the fun.

  1. Details! Make sure to take pictures of all your hard work before the guests arrive. This includes photos of the food, cake, presents and anything else you want to remember.
  2. Action! Once the guests have arrived, make sure to take a few photos of everyone having fun and interacting with each other. Take a few on the dance floor and don’t forget about blowing out the candle on the cake. These candid shots are so much fun to look back on.
  3. Smile! Make sure to take a few posed smiling shots with your guests. These make great Facebook posts and sometimes they can even be great wall portraits like the one you see of mom, dad and the birthday girl from this party.

I’m so glad that I was able to photograph baby Blakeley’s 1st birthday party. Without the photos of the handmade garland, gift bags for the kids and personalized bib, Blakeley would never have known how much work her mom put into her 1st birthday.

Mia Bella

From magical marshmallow pops, fairy cakes, face painting and a real live fairy, Mia Bella’s fairy themed birthday party was every little girls fairytale dream come true! It was so much fun to be able to join the Gordon family for this special day to document all the sweet little fun moments. And talk about the details! This party was full of pink fairy details. Stepping into their backyard was like stepping into a fairy wonderland with butterfly wings and glitter absolutely everywhere. I’m so grateful to have been able to capture all the joy and happiness of this special day!

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