Oh this boy! How my heart is so full. Almost one full year ago our Liam came into the world. It's hard to believe he is about to be one year old. I'm both ecstatic and depressed. I love watching him grow and turn into the little person he is going to be, but time is stealing my little boy. It's bitter sweet, I suppose.
Traditionally, I do cake smashes for kiddos that are turning one. But I'm afraid my boy won't sit still long enough. I'm going to give it a go in a week or so, but right now it is my joy to capture him doing things that make him happy. He does NOT like being told what to do. His birthday party is going to be beach themed and hosted at the our local country club pool. What else are you to do with people at a toddler's birthday party?! For the record, Liam is our second child. Our oldest, Hannah, is almost 15 years old. I went bonkers for her first birthday. That child was born on Halloween. So naturally, her first birthday party was full of ghosts and goblins and all things spooky. I spent a ton of time and money on making her first birthday a hit, but no one remembers that. They just remember the gathering of good friends and our beautiful children. I'm focusing on that this time. Somewhere I have the photos from her birthday, but I'm mid-move and I don't know where anything is!
I love photographing in this pool. I find pools with darker interiors make for the best images. I wish this was my place, but I'm fortunate to have access to my best friend's pool anytime I want. I'm not going to lie, we frequent her pool all summer. This was actually Liam's third or fourth time to swim. I took him in the pool once last summer when he was two weeks old. Bad idea. He cried. I was miserable. People judged. This summer he gets it. He loves the water. I've had him actually try to fall asleep during a bath! (Don't worry, I was in the tub with him and he was leaned against me.) The best part of this pool is the area he is playing in. It's shallow with a fountain. My husband and daughter stood just to the right of my camera, just in case he face-planted into the water. Otherwise, I would have had to photograph who ever was holding him too. My daughter and husband weren't too keen on that. They never are. Photographer's plight.
I've learned recently to love the unposed, candid moments in life. I have little to no control, which is challenging. But I love the images I get from it. I'm leaning more towards lifestyle photography these days. With us moving next week, I'm closing my store front studio for a short time until I find another suitable location in our new city. So for the time being, I'll be shooting on location. That doesn't necessarily mean natural light only, but I gotta say, natural light gives me all the feels. The only thing I wish I could change about this shoot is the time of day. I wish I could have waited another hour or so. But he saw the water and was itching to get wet. If I had waited, he would have been wiped out and no fun to photograph. Fortunately, he's a pretty happy kid... (he's screaming in the background as I type those very words.) And he is incredibly photogenic, if I say so myself.