All the Rest of the Birthday Photoshoot

I have a hard time typing out “Ember’s birthday invite photoshoot” whenever I talk about these pictures. I can’t just call them her birthday pictures because I have a different outfit and idea for her actual birthday/one year old shots. This photoshoot was solely to get pictures for invites. So, with that out of the way, I’m now just going to call them her birthday photos for ease. But they’re not really her birthday photos!

We got to the rim and started driving down the road of our very favorite place ever. Well, my very favorite place in the state of Arizona and I know it’s up there for Allan, too.
I told Allan I was looking for a grassy little field with a wall of trees at the edge. I wanted the sun behind the trees and peeking through all glowy. It was tough finding a spot right off the road. With four kids and an assortment of props and no baby carrier or stroller it had to be a fairly short walk!
We picked this area. While I got Ember dressed and started working on filling the balloons (I bought a helium tank at WalMart along with the pink balloons) Allan went and took a couple pictures to show me the light over in the spot I had picked.
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I really, really wanted her pictures to be with her standing up to show off that cute romper so we (Allan) rolled a rock over to wear she would be to give her something to lean against when she stands up. She can only get to a standing position from sitting like 5% of the time so that rock helped her out.

Problem was, she didn’t want to stand. She wanted to sit on the ground and munch on nature!
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At first I asked Allan to go stand her up again when she’d fall. I wanted just one really cute standing picture!
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Any time she was standing I pretty much snapped continuously in hopes of getting a picture of her looking at me.
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She really loved the pinecones.
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She kept tasting them and then offering them to me and Allan. She’s so flipping cute, isn’t she!
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In these next two she went to try to stand on the rock and then fell on her bum. I love that she flinches when she falls. So cute!
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Her shoe came off so Allan put it back on πŸ™‚
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I wish I’d been able to get some more eye contact with her sitting on that rock. But I like the ones I did get anyway.
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Mmmm, yummy!
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When I planned this photoshoot I thought she’d be thrilled with the balloons and that I’d get some laughing shots as she played with them. I was wrong! She hated the balloons! She was scared of them. This next shot was when I first tried to get her to hold the balloons. I quickly found out she wasn’t impressed.
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I’d been shooting for a few minutes and everyone was getting sick of it. And by everyone I mean Allan and the other kids. I could take pictures all day πŸ˜‰
So these are the very last ones of the photoshoot and then I said we could leave.
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I showed Ember the balloons one more time in hopes that maybe she’d suddenly like them.
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She didn’t. lol
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We went back to the car to pack up and go play somewhere else.
But wait…
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As Allan was loading things up I couldn’t resist taking Ember over to the wildflowers and snapping a few more!
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I love this one:
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I love this baby girl more than life itself. Really, truly she brings me so much joy every single day!! I can’t imagine how I lived without her!
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So after I took the first set of pictures by the trees I let each kid have a balloon from the bunch. Payson accidentally let his go so I let him have another one. He then accidentally let that one go and when I told him he couldn’t have another just yet because I was using them he cried and cried and cried.
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We kinda giggled at him for being such a drama boy, throwing a fit over not getting a balloon after losing two? And we’d told him he could have another later. I told him if he waited until we got home he could have a red one (I have a multi colored pack of balloons at home) and that made him happy. Then he posed all sad for a picture for daddy to show how he’d been cranky. lol
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My family doesn’t seem to understand that real photo sessions should last longer than fifteen minutes. They think… ok, mommy snapped a bunch so we’re done! Allan, too, doesn’t get that I want at least thirty minutes and that that’s not unreasonable when I’m doing her official pictures. Not just snapshots like I normally do. So he wasn’t too impressed with me when I set up the bunting and balloons in another place. But come ON, we drove two hours to get these pictures, I sure as heck am going to take thirty or forty minutes if I need to!!!
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Ember wasn’t really cranky at this point but she was really wanting to explore. Just to keep her sitting in one place for five minutes I gave her a lollipop.
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She’s such a sweetheart, as she always does she offered to share with every member of her family <3
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Before putting my camera away I took a wider shot to show the area just so I can remember πŸ™‚
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Then I wanted one with her siblings. And I went ahead and hopped in there, too πŸ™‚
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All in all I am super happy with how it went. I’m impatiently waiting for her birthday outfit to arrive in the mail. I ordered it the same day I ordered the romper and it still hasn’t arrived! It’s really cute, I can’t wait to show you guys! I’m wondering if I should take her out to the arboretum for her one year old pictures or if I should take her somewhere that’s more desert since we do, unfortunately, live in the desert right now.
What do you guys think? For her when she’s older, do you think she’d prefer her one year old shots to show the scenery of the place she lived at this time or do you think it doesn’t matter?

One thought on “All the Rest of the Birthday Photoshoot

  • Personally, I don't think it matters because whatever pictures you take are going to be so special!

    I love these pictures. She's so sweet I just want to hug her through my computer screen. There's just something about sweet chubby baby cheeks. Looking at her, it makes me think of my sweet Asher and his chubby cheeks asleep in bed and I want to go in there and squeeze him right now. It's like a craving…how funny.

    I Love the ones of her in the field holding the bunny. Great job on these.

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