Recently my pinterest app had been making my phone go crazy. I checked out why and realized that MJ’s first birthday photoshoot was getting repinned like wildfire. Over 300 repins in a matter of months. Whether those numbers are coming from it being repinning from what I previously pinned or people searching the web for a A Wild One First Birthday Theme and getting hits to the original post here, loving what they saw and then repinning the numbers keep rising daily. With spring coming and people heading back outside for photoshoots I figured I’d help those inspired by this set up out. I figured it was time to deconstruct how we made the “set” of the photoshoot.
First let me start by saying I start a first birthday session with planning beforehand, back and forth with mom/dad to see if there is a theme or color scheme. Usually I just stick to that, colors and a few simple related props. I don’t leave a huge budget for new purchases and try to work with what we have. Typically we do “fancy/casual dressed portraits” then move on to a cake smash and by then typically your one year old is finished with both me and you haha! Most times it’s a cake smash on a simple cake stand or crate…. maybe a few balloons, a blanket, or a high chair. But sometimes if you’re sending me your pinterest board of party inspiration I just can’t help myself….
So I coordinated with MJ’s mama and together we provided one fun set up for this shoot! Mom brought the cake, moss, stones, banner, and costume….she planned on reusing them for his birthday party too. (Well not the cake) From previous shoots I had the tent set up (I know it cost my husband about $15 to make), IKEA blanket, painted plaque ($8 craft store), burlap ribbon, crate, and large canning pot. So really using previously owned props this actually didn’t cost me a thing set up wise! But I’m so happy with how it turned out. (We should also give props to our model who on this August day still managed to smile in 85* in a fur costume) To see MJ’s full session click here.
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