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YOUR BABY IS TURNING ONE...

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Getting the feels when your baby turns one...it's a thing. and it hit me so hard. i worked full time, at an office that took me an hour to get to, during Beya's first year. It was awful, and when she turned one I was totally racked with guilt that I had missed so much, and she was not "officially" a baby anymore. But one of my biggest regrets is that, as oft-photographed as she is, I never memorialized her with an "official" first birthday shoot.

DIY OR PHOTOGRAPHER?

There is zero reason why you can't take your own one year old milestone portraits yourself. With the right light, a few easy to assemble backdrops, and your adorable bébé...you too can have professional-looking  photos. You don't need a fancy camera, either, these days smart phones have pretty powerful lenses on them and photo apps can make a world of difference to the tone and feel of your images. My current favorite apps are    Snapseed  and    A Color Story

BUT WHERE? HOW?!

There is actually only one hard and fast rule, which is USE NATURAL LIGHT! The best time to shoot outdoors is early morning, when the shadows are soft and warm. Later in the day cameras tend to see more blue, so the longer you wait to take pictures the more you'll struggle to capture accurate colors. If you are shooting indoors, north-facing windows provide the softest/most diffused light. If you don't have one of those, just make sure you don't have any harsh rays coming directly through the window that will throw off your exposure. Read on to see some of our favorite ways to "fake" what the pros do...


WHY NOT STAGE A "PARTY"?

There is definitely a tendency to spend a lot of time on Pinterest and overwhelm yourself with options, but as long as you have good light in your home you don't need to go over the top and book a location. have a "fake" first birthday party in your kitchen!

Kathleen aka  Mrs. Galloway aka amazing photographer slash mother of three little ladies had the most adorable bohemian birthday party for her little mila's first. this backdrop is positively perfection, you can buy one of course, i can't pick a favorite but  here's the gateway to a rabbit hole you may never escape from...or you can easily  diy one like this.


Kristine of  This Haus of Ours made the tiniest, most perfect smash cake for her little Caia's first birthday. Like Mila's party, this shoot features a eucalyptus garland which you can also  make yourself. I am super digging the vintage high chair (thrift it! paint it white!) and lovely  flower crown



KEEP IT SIMPLE

If there is a room in your home with a big window, you can totally fake a fancy photo studio with a few simple props. a window that gets diffused light (north-facing is best) creates the best and most balanced ambiance.

Jem of  this little house of mine takes her flowers very seriously, so naturally the backdrop of this portrait features fresh roses. This is really such an easy  diy and can be done in just about any room in your home that has wall space and good light! Also how crazy adorable is that embroidered bonnet? So classic and sweet! My homegirl  sweet as april is the bonnet queen but you have to be quick to snag her lovely goodies because they sell out in .002 seconds!!!

Sometimes the simplest things are also the prettiest. How awesome is this little blush pink set-up featuring  mylar heart balloons?I am besotted with the photos of Finnish photographer  mama iris and this little photoshoot of her daughter's (second) birthday is pure magic. The frothy tulle dress is just perfect, and you can find more like it  here!

GET OUTSIDE!

One awesome thing about babies is that they don't really need much accessorizing to look gorgeous. and mother nature is the best backdrop anyway, no? 

Make your girl a daisy crown like the amazing ChristinaFreeman of lily + hazel, grab a favorite stuffed animal, and hit your slacker neighbor's overgrown yard! ha! shoot on an overcast day, or very early in the morning to get this soft, glow-y look.

Memorialize those chubby thighs forever and photograph that nekkid cutie in the privacy of your own backyard! besides, playing in the dirt is actually healthy for your baby This image is from photographer chloe moore and was likely shot in the eeeeearly morning when the light is just beginning to turn golden. You have about .5 seconds to catch that moment so click fast!

BUT I HAVEN'T A STITCH TO WEAR!

Nothing to wear? No problem! That's our wheelhouse...




Laurel Thompson

Founder of Beya Made

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