Annual birthday portraits have always been a tradition in my family. Within a couple weeks of our birthday, my mom would take each of us kids to get our portraits done by a talented neighbor who lived down the street and had a studio in his house. Four times a year (once per kid), my mom would replace the photos, updating the visual growth chart that hung on she and dad's bedroom wall.
So many years later, I have taken over annual birthday photos for some of my nieces and nephews. In late July, I shot a few portraits of my nephew JD, who finally reached the big 10! JD is always a great model, and in between making silly, dorky, and downright weird faces, he puts on his smile and makes awesome pictures.
Happy birthday to my handsome nephew, and thank you for always letting me take your pictures!
On Saturday, curious, bright-eyed Camden was the very first baby to have his photos taken at my in-home studio (which I like to call Goldenrod Studio). Awhile back, I decided to convert our one-stall garage into a working studio where I could practice with lighting and props. The hubs and I have never parked our cars in the garage anyway (with only one stall, it would have been a battle for who got to use it in the dead of winter when a foot of snow is in the forecast), so I cleaned up the space, installed carpet and backdrops, and made it as cozy as a garage can be.
Back to the cute baby... Camden is about a month old, making his session more of a "newborn-ish" shoot. With all of his life experiences thus far, Camden was able to give the camera some very expressive poses and moods, and he even let his mom and dad in on the action for some adorable family portraits!
Thanks to Camden and his parents for giving Goldenrod Studio a try. It was a fun challenge to work in my own space with my own lighting (as opposed to an outdoor location with natural lighting). I really love some of these photos!