In a quiet beautiful mid-century home in LA, Jack had his first Backyard Birthday Party and it was an intimate affair with close friends in attendance. Soon enough, though, the party was “raising the tent” as everyone gathered under the outdoor tent, singing some fun songs, shaking some instruments, and playing with some bubbles. Ah, to be one again.
Last year, I had the pleasure of photographing Roman’s birthday. This year, I was happy to photograph him again, but this time, during his little brother’s first birthday party! Damian, the adorable baby in a Disney-themed onesie, celebrated his first year birthday at the indoor playground Kidz Korner with friends and family.
It was fun photographing kids being kids. It was even more fun photographing adults channeling their inner child as they played basketball, going down slides, dressing up in costumes, and rolling around with their own kids.
It’s always fun to celebrate someone’s birthday, but I’ve found that the fun is turned up a notch when the birthday coincides with a special date. Reese is a lucky girl to have her birthday on Halloween, as it’s such a festive day!
For her first birthday, she had a circus-themed party filled with circus treats like cotton candy and popcorn and sprinkles on everything. So many people dressed up in such cute outfits. Reese herself had a matching outfit with her mom that involved poofy pink tutus, and looked SO adorable.
It’s always a pleasure to photograph a client through more than one life milestone. The first time I photographed this family was when Ethan had his first birthday two years ago. Then, his mother’s maternity portraits the year after. And now – I can’t believe how time has passed – it’s Ethan’s 3rd birthday and Ella’s 1st birthday joint party!
Their birthday bash was at the indoor playground Kids Ahoy! and they had the cutest theme of the sea. Both Ella and Ethan were met with many hugs and kisses by the adults, and many friends to play with. Adorably, one of Ella’s baby friends dressed exactly the same as her without intending to, from the flamingo dress to the metallic fringe shoes (photo below)!
When I first started Paper Ban Photography a couple of years ago, one of my first wedding clients was Jackie and Jim. They were such a nice couple, and I am honored for them to ask me to photograph their daughter Ava’s first birthday.
For Ava’s dol celebration, the family held a party at X-Lanes Bowling in Little Tokyo. To see little kids bowling and getting SO excited about hitting the pins was so adorable! Their eyes would get so big in anticipation as they released their bowling balls onto the steel-roley-thing. Ava, being only one, couldn’t really participate in the funness of bowling, but she was happily hugged and kissed by just about everyone!
Aram’s first birthday was quite the event. This little guy, in his snappy onesie and glasses, received his baptism in the Armenian Apostolic Church in Crescenta Valley. With gorgeous architecture and beautiful window lighting, the christening ceremony went off with such happy spirits surrounded by close friends and family.
To celebrate, the party’s reception moved to Phoenicia, a Lebanese restaurant in Glendale where the room was filled with whimsical balloons! From the table centerpieces to the sweets table, everything is so happy and colorful. And seriously, how awesome is that hot-air balloon cake?!
Aram, congratulations on turning one. I am honored to have been your first birthday photographer. You are now officially a toddler!