Lyla's First Birthday, One Year of Pearls // First Birthday Portraits // St Charles, IL Photographer
Before my daughter was born I bought this beautiful headband for her. I then took photos of her wearing it with pearls for a sweet vintage look. I wanted to do it in three parts: newborn, 6 months and 1 year. The 1 year was pretty difficult because she had no desire to sit still for photos, but I still like how they came out :)
2 weeks old
6 months old
6 months vs. 12 months comparison
12 months old
2 weeks 6 months 12 months
For my daughter's first birthday I decided that I wanted to enough photoshoots with her to post one on Facebook each day for a week. I had so many ideas that I wanted to do with her and I didn't want to miss anything!
So for her first photo session, I wanted her to be sitting next to a photo I took of her when she was one week old. She was laying on a pink and white blanket so I put her in a pink and white dress. I even found a frame that nearly matched the dress! I took her out to Delnor Woods Park. There is a really pretty red bench out there that I knew I wanted her to sit on.
I love this image in particular because her right arm is up similar to the way it was in her newborn photo.
Checking herself out <3
My beautiful, wonderful little big girl <3 I can't believe she's 1 year old!
This photo session with my daughter was short, but very special. The day I was in labor with her my mother-in-law, Gail, came to my room with this little pink bear she bought in the gift shop. When you push it's belly it plays the "Happy Birthday" song and has a little Happy Birthday ribbon around its neck. Sadly, Gail passed away after a very brief battle with cancer when my daughter was only 9 months old. Lyla was her only grand child and they really loved each other. She always brought a smile to Gail's face, even on her worst days at the end. Lyla reaching the milestone of 1 year old was met with both joy and sadness at the fact that Gail wasn't there to celebrate with us. I wanted to photograph Lyla with this little bear so that it was like Gail was still a part of the celebration.
This is my favorite photo of Lyla and Gail from the day she was born.
And this is one of the last photos I got of the two of them together.
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