The Pinterest monsters would have you think that the only way to photograph turning one year of age is with a highly constructed smash cake studio session. And while yes, those are fun sessions, and cleanup can be tasty, there isn’t one way to do ANYTHING. Make your photo session your own! Working with clients who want something outside the mold is especially fun (and sometimes challenging, but in a good, out of the box, sort of way.)
Dillon‘s first birthday session was a family affair, with older brother Dominic, and Mom and Dad in tow, for a portrait session that is significantly more documentary and “lifestyle” (a now overused word that is losing its meaning, but I digress) in vibe. We dodged some rain drops at kid favorite Grand Pacific Junction in Olmsted Falls, and followed with more family photos at Fortier Park, also in Olmsted Falls. The goal was very much to capture the kids as they are. Honestly, documentary portraiture is very hard. It’s a definite balance to find the casual, looseness in an image, but still maintaining artistic elements, and avoid “snapshot” pictures. Despite the photographic challenge, I do think that for kids of a certain age, documentary portraits create the most authentic images.
Looking forward to next time with this crew!