I love seeing past clients! There is nothing better than knowing your clients trust you to capture their memories over and over during each new season of life! I met this beautiful family in 2019 during this sweet little lady’s newborn session (when I was pregnant with our daughter!). I can’t believe it has been a year already! To celebrate her turning one, her mom wanted to update their family photos and capture some portraits to celebrate her first birthday milestone! We met first thing in the morning during the golden hour at the South Carolina State House in downtown Columbia for their session. She certainly has grown since the first time I met her! Not only is she bigger, but her personality has blossomed over the last year. She was so captivated by the world around her, studying the leaves and carefully plucking blades of grass. I loved watching her toddle around with her crystal blue eyes full of curiosity and wonder!
First Birthday Milestone Portraits
The birthday girl looked darling in her beautiful pink smocked dress and matching bow! She found some magnolia seed pods and a few sticks as she crawled and explored the grounds at the State House. I love that she didn’t mind a little dirt on her hands or grass between her toes! And when her mom started blowing the bubbles that I brought to her session, this sweet birthday girl absolutely lit up! It was obvious that seeing her delight and excitement over the bubbles brought many passers-by great joy as they took an early morning stroll across the State House grounds.
Paige, Brian and I chatted about how this stage of childhood is so bittersweet as our little ones slowly ease out of infancy and gain independence. We miss those snuggly baby days, but it is so fun and exciting to watch them hit milestones and begin to figure things out on their own! One of the best things about the toddler stage is seeing our little ones’ personalities start to shine through.
There are so many memories and milestones during that first year of life—from taking their first steps to teething, trying new foods to finding their voice. I’m thrilled we were able to capture this adorable little girl and her curious nature for her first birthday milestone portraits with her loving mom and dad!
Paige and Brian—I hope these portraits bring you joy for years to come as you look back and remember the extreme happiness of this season of life with your sweet little girl. Thank you so much for inviting me to capture another season of life for your beautiful family! I can’t believe it has already been a year since I photographed your newborn session. I have loved watching your sweet girl grow up and seeing her little personality develop, and I can’t wait to see what this next year brings!
Nicole Watford is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Columbia, SC who loves capturing joyful moments for sentimental moms and their families.
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