Skip the Boring Birthday Photos this Year: Denver Documentary Photographer

When I first became a mama I knew that my baby girl would grow up right before my very eyes but I never really understood how fast that actually happened. Every year I made it a point to take special birthday photos and every year the photos never met the expectations I wanted them to meet. I When she turned one, I spent weeks planning the perfect cake smash photo session, I spent all night decorating a tiny little cake to match her tiny little outfit. Everything was going as planned until my 12 month old decided she actually didn’t want a cake smash, she wanted to read her favorite book instead.

Here I was, trying to force her to “just try a piece of frosting” because I couldn’t have anything less than a Pinterest worthy cake smash photo I had pictured in my head. We walked away with one good image of her reading a book. I bet you’re wondering why I am telling you this. Well, it has taken me 7 years and thousands of failed photos to realize that the best images are never the ones I plan.

So this year I did things a little different, I did something that might be a little scary for most. I put my Seven year old in charge, I mean, they were her birthday photos after all.

She picked out the activity we were going to do, her outfit and hair style, she even slipped some eye shadow on from her play makeup kit. We treated her birthday photos as a birthday activity instead and I brought my camera to document our little adventure.

How did it go?

Way better than the previous six years of birthday photos. She said again and again how much fun she was having and didn’t ask once if we were finished taking photos. And for a child with ‘photographer child syndrome’ that’s a pretty spectacular turnout!

Huckaby Family Photos

I have had the pleasure of knowing the Huckaby family before the third little Huckaby even came along. One of my favorite things about being a photographer is getting front row seats into the growth of so many peoples lives.

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I met this little guy when he was just days new and now he is so close to being a year old. (At the bottom I will add a photo from his newborn session)

We started the session off very relaxed, the dad was getting his famous pizza dough finished while we went to Baby’s room to get some photos of him before he woke from his nap. Mom was right there as baby woke up full of smiles.

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Then we headed to mom and dads room to capture some of the same moments we did just 10 months earlier. It is truly amazing to see the growth of a baby in less than a year. How much they change and grow is remarkable.

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After some bedtime cuddles, they got the baby dressed and we went to the Highland Mansion in Littleton, Colorado. There were beautiful open spaces with a view of the mountains and classic architecture which made it the perfect spot to end their session.

While we were outside in the 40-degree weather baby Huckaby was just full of smiles. Which isn’t always the case when documenting families (and that’s okay!). One thing that I have been loving more and more about documenting families everyday moments and worrying less about taking portraits is that the children seem to naturally be more relaxed and comfortable. When we worry less about getting the perfect photo and more about documenting your family where they are right now the images carry more meaning and feeling.

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Katie Torres