Our amazingly talented friend, Lee Steffen, agreed to take Elias’s one year portraits. We were supposed to do them a few weeks ago, but rain caused us to postpone the shoot. We did the shoot this past Sunday and I am dying to see the shots Lee got (the above is one a couple previews he sent to just get me more excited). We did the shoot at this great park near our house and had lots of fun set-ups. Of course, it was 90 degrees outside and humid, which was not ideal, but Elias handled it well! He is such a good baby.
Here are the lessons I learned/was reminded of:
- Doing an outdoor shoot will result in a sweaty baby. Bring a towel to attempt to towel dry his hair, though it still won’t look right.
- Cold, wet washcloths are a GREAT idea. Bring about 5, not 2, for they will get grimey fast.
- Shoot as late as possible. We started shooting around 5, but I think we should have started at 6. It would have been a little cooler (though not much) and there still would have been enough light.
- Bring extra balloons. I brought a bunch of 5 balloons for Elias to hold, but then we decided to let him let them go one at a time – I wish we would have had a few extras.
- Bubbles are magical (see above picture).
- Remember that you only need about 5 good shots – and you will get them.
- Bring music. Matthew played music for Elias on his iphone and it was a great mood booster and distraction.
- Bring a video camera. Matthew shot this little video of the shoot and I love it.
- Have fun! Your child only turns one once.