Cutest little lion cub I have ever seen! I can’t believe it, but baby Niam is already one year old! Happy birthday, baby boy. It seems like just yesterday when we did newborn photo session for Niam, which was a ton of fun as his family joined him. Contrary what some may think, a newborn session is actually a wonderful time to do a family photoshoot as well. After all, you’ve gained an additional member, and that deserves updated the portraits! If you’re already at the studio, why not take advantage of the time. I always enjoy accommodating families’ unique needs for photoshoots.
This year, for Niam’s first birthday, his parents chose a jungle theme. I had such a fun time planning this out and putting the set together. It featured hanging vines, huge palms, and lots of hanging jungle animals for Niam to check out and explore. Thankfully, Niam seemed to love it, too. He was King of the Jungle throughout the session, and he happily went along with most of the photos. We even caught him mid-pose as if he were roaring like a lion.
Part of his motivation might have been the tasty green cake waiting for him in the background. After getting a few shots of the birthday boy in his clean outfit, we brought out the cake for his birthday cake smash. At first, he wasn’t too sure about it, and he looking quizzically at us as if to say, “Is this food? Do I eat it?” But after we encouraged him to take his first bite, the rest was history. He had green frosting smeared everywhere. This is always my favorite part of the session!
Then, after clean up and some photos in the bathtub, he had fun trying on different animal costumes. My favorite was the monkey because his sweet and playful personality fits perfectly. As adventurous as he is, this birthday boy is also so very well-behaved. It was a joy to have them back in the studio and see how much he’s grown over the past twelve months. I hope I get to see this cutie back in the studio soon!
Happy first birthday, handsome Niam! I hope your year is filled with wonder, adventure, and happiness.
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