Celebrating a First Birthday {Raleigh Family Photographer}

October 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I met this beautiful family at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh during the summer to photograph their little girl for her first birthday.  Even though we met at what is normally the hottest point in the summer, we really lucked out with a nice, mild morning.  Early morning is definitely the best time of day for summer sessions so that you can avoid the heat and the bugs.  This birthday girl was so sweet and one of the easiest babies I think I've ever photographed.  She loved to smile, giggle, and even danced a few moves during the session.  First birthday sessions are so special and fun because they mark so much change in a family over just one year.  It is a great opportunity to celebrate not only the baby, but the entire family. 

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This little girl had not trouble getting around.  She had already learned to walk and was even able to run.  One year olds love to explore, and Yates Mill has so many interesting features for small children to check out. 

I enjoyed capturing the love in this family.  You can tell just how much they adore their little girl.  All three of them also looked like they just stepped out of a magazine.

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One of my favorite features of Yates Mill is the cobblestone walkway.  It offers an interesting backdrop to family portraits. 

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All kids seem to love the pond at Yates Mill and peeking through the railings to look for turtles and ducks and investigating all the beautiful flowers at the park. 

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If you have a little one in your family who is about to have a first birthday and you live in the Raleigh, NC area, a family portrait session can be a fun way to celebrate.  I've done first birthday sessions with cake smashes, which can be a fun (and messy) way to celebrate, but a simple family session can be just as special.  I serve Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Apex, and surrounding areas.  If you are interested in a portrait session to mark a special occasion, please email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com .  I would be happy to get you any information you need or answer any questions you have.  


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