As a photographer, I'm always looking for a shot. Even when I don't have a camera with me I often think, 'Man, that would make a great shot! I wish I had a camera with me.' I mean, I've usually got my phone with me, but I can't make the same kind of picture with my iPhone as I can with my Canon.
This past weekend we celebrated our son Milo's first birthday. This was one of those times when I was constantly seeing shots in my head, whether it was the beautiful surroundings or a joyful moment, or both. And I had a camera (or 3) ready to go. Although I was often tempted to run and grab a camera to capture a particular moment, I made the choice to set the cameras down at some points and just enjoy the party. I still wanted to share some of the fun shots I did get of Milo's woodland themed birthday party at one of our favorite local spots, Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area in the Mount Diablo foothills.
It was a small gathering but it was big fun. Milo has been walking for a couple of months now and he loves to explore. His favorite toys are rocks, sticks, leaves, and dirt - hence the dirt you may notice on his face in some shots. So he was in heaven and ready to go off and explore. But he also participated in a game of kickball with the bigger kids, ate his homemade birthday cake, and enjoyed hanging with family and friends.
Milo is a little guy with a huge personality. Always active and most often smiling, he is the youngest of 5 children in our family. (Shannon and I have a blended family with Milo being our first together.) The older kids love engaging him and he enjoys all the attention.
Milo is ever the explorer.
I must admit that I enjoyed having an excuse to execute some really cute ideas I found on Pinterest to make Milo's party just a little more colorful. And tasty.
I had also created a "Fifty Photos From Milo's First Year" project that included some of our favorite photos that was meant to hang between some trees for guests to view, but it was a bit too breezy and we ended up taking it down before I could even finish putting up all 50 photos. Oh, well. Maybe I'll use the prints to create an album.
Below you'll see the quick and easy banner I created just to bring an extra festive feel to our picnic area. And I got the compasses as something fun for the bigger kids to play with and take home from the party.
This was my homemade rustic, gluten free, free of refined sugar birthday cake for Milo.
He enjoyed his birthday cake, sitting in the shade of a grand oak tree.
I always love capturing the little details of days like this. But I also chose to participate in my little guy's big day without being behind the camera the whole time. If you have a little one with a big day coming up, or even a big day for yourself, I'd love to be the one to allow you to enjoy all the special moments knowing that I am there to capture them for you to be Kept In Time!
Happy Birthday, Milo! I know you won't remember this party, but I'm so glad you got to spend the day surrounded by loved ones, outdoors, getting dirty, on a beautiful day. We love you very much!