Just a few days before Christmas I had a pleasure of photographing a little boy’s birthday party. This milestone was even more special as it was his actual birthday that day! It was a perfect day to capture this boy’s transition from a baby to a toddler, with his nearest and dearest around him.
Before all the party guests arrived we took some intimate family photos. The atmosphere couldn’t have been more perfect. A beautiful sunny day, a perfectly decorated Christmas tree (with presents already placed underneath it), Christmas songs playing softly from a speaker, a handsome birthday boy and his two excited parents. It was so lovely to see how they pressed pause on the party preparations and devoted their entire attention to their son. In that moment nothing else mattered – it was just the three of them. With the birthday being so close to Christmas, the excitement felt doubled, the smiles were wider and the cuddles tighter.
While a first birthday marks a baby’s transition to toddlerhood, I know many mums (and dads) still like to think of their little ones as babies on that day and find it hard to see them growing up so quickly. I hope these family photos sweeten this emotional moment for the parents and make them see their beautiful baby becoming a handsome young boy.
I can’t recommend Alina highly enough! From the moment she arrived at my house, I felt like I was welcoming an old friend. She immediately made me feel at ease and guided the shoot so effortlessly and professionally. My little boy, who sometimes takes a while to ‘warm’ to people was also immediately full of smiles for Alina. Alina really captured the natural atmosphere of the day, capturing the moments that I missed and all the beautiful exchanges in-between. There’s a real intimacy in the photos Alina takes and she has a fantastic eye for detail which results in treasured contemporary photos. I’m over the moon with the pictures. Thank you Alina!