Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Behind the Scenes at a 3 Year Old Birthday Shoot

Behind the scenes at a 3 year old's birthday photo shoot:

Because said 3 year old is resisting photos, have her become the photographer. Help her take photos of her sister and two of her cousins with the rainbow backdrop designed to fulfill her own request for a "rainbow party."
Add 1-year-old cousin. The 3 year old discovers photography of small children is no easy task.
The 3 year old still resists the photographic process.
Add Mommy to the mix to try and appease 3 year old. It appears to be working.
Oh wait! Maybe not. That's a pretty sad face for a birthday girl.
Try adding older sister. We may not be centered among the "rainbow," but at least we're happy!
OK. Back to trying a solo shot. Wait ... is that a hint of a smile?
Yes! Yes, it is. 

The balloons are moving, but the girl is in focus. We'll take that as a victory!
The smile is getting a little cheesy. It must be time for the paparazzi to give it a rest ... at least until it's time for cake. 
Our Labor Day weekend included a birthday celebration for our youngest granddaughter, Brooke Jaylin Ladd. Three years ago, she arrived at 6:57 AM, Thursday, September 4. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

My, what a difference 3 years makes!
A colorful parachute added to the rainbow theme.
Yesterday, on her birthday, her Mommy described Brooke as "spunky, sweet, sassy and someone who pushes all boundaries."
And we love every bit of her!
Happy Birthday to our favorite 3 year old!
Her Mommy made her a rainbow cake.
Brooke added the candles.
She got a little shy about being the center of attention during the song.
She got a little bit close to the flame to suit parents and grandparents. (Kinley appeared ready to help her blow out the candles. The rest of us were ready to grab her away from the fire.)
She discovered all the beautiful and yummy rainbow layers inside. (Job well done, Mommy!)

We are blessed to have these little people (and a bunch of big people from both sides of the family) in our lives! There were parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, all there to celebrate a special day. Here's to an amazing year, journeying toward Year 4!


  1. Grandma was certainly having a lovely time with her camera.

  2. Kim,
    Looks like a successful birthday party for Brooke! The imperfect photo session just adds to the memories. Yea for family, friends and a super cool cake! Spunky, sweet, sassy and someone who pushes all boundaries sounds like a youngest child to me. Those of us that have the "typical oldest child" characteristics need the outgoing younger sibling to balance us out.

    1. That is probably true. It takes all kinds!

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  4. Such lovely birthday photo session. The photos made me smile. Actually our son’s birthday is approaching and he is demanding a star wars themed party at his favorite kids’ event space Atlanta. It is a special venue for kid’s parties where he attended his friend’s birthday. I might also book that spot soon.