I have the privilege of knowing this sweet girl and her family, and I'm thankful for the relationship we have built over the last couple years. It seems like it was only weeks ago that I photographed her parents' beautiful fall wedding at Drake's Landing Banquet Center, so it's hard to believe that Gabriella is already celebrating her first birthday! She is sweet, spunky, and the perfect mix of her mom and dad. We spent a fun evening exploring Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek Park and I quickly discovered that I need to get into better shape to keep up with this energetic baby on the move!
She still has those perfect baby toes and chubby hands! As parents, we think we'll remember every little detail of our babies and kids at different ages, but it's amazing how easily we forget their delicate features. That's why I value photography. It's the only way we can protect our priceless memories through each passing year.
I was thrilled to see that Gabriella's mom had this sign custom made by Chalk It Up by Fallon in Cortland, Ohio. Not only do we love when our clients support local businesses, but this personalized chalkboard sign is going to fit in perfectly at Gabriella's first birthday princess party. I also appreciate the irony that one of the nicknames listed for this tiny princess is "Big Mama!"
Gabriella's outfit was also custom made by another local small business, Mommy Makes Me Sparkle Children's Boutique in Howland, Ohio. I love every detail: the personalized first birthday onesie, the pink diaper cover with ruffles, and that sparkly gold hair bow! The gold crown on her bodysuit fits her personality so well!
Although we love families and children, we spend most of our time on wedding photography. After a few engagement sessions and weddings, working with mostly adults, we occasionally add baby and child photo sessions into the mix. Sessions like this keep us on our toes because babies and toddlers somehow have double the energy of adults and we never know what they will do. I don't believe in trying to make kids and babies sit still, pose, and smile at my camera for the whole session, so I was happy to capture lots of natural moments of Gabriella in action.
My own babies aren't quite babies anymore and I miss many things from that stage of their lives. The top of that list includes chubby thighs and squeezable arms that look like they came straight out of a baby food commercial. Thankfully, Gabriella is still rocking the best wrist and thigh creases around!
Happy 1st birthday, Gabriella! You are loved more than you'll ever know!
Chalk It Up With Fallon: www.facebook.com/chalkitupwithfallon
Mommy Makes Me Sparkle Children's Boutique: www.facebook.com/MommyMakesMeSparkle