How did you celebrate your third birthday party? Maybe you had a few friends over, maybe there was a cake, fairy bread, good food and friends. If you were really lucky maybe mum and dad splashed out and hired a face-painter. Was it held in your backyard on a lovely summer’s day? Did your mum hang all your beautiful cards in a tree in the backyard? Do you remember the excitement and celebration of your third birthday?
Isabella was one such lucky little girl. She had all of those wonderful things for her 3rd birthday party. The growth and development of a child is marked and celebrated each year by their birthday. A year from now Isabella will look quite different, she’ll have more interests, new friends, skinnier legs and her cute cheeks won’t be quite the same as they are at age 3. How wonderful to have all those beautiful details and experiences captured now, in the moment.
Happy Birthday Isabella!
Awwww sweet girl… she was freshly painted and everyone was ooh-ing and aah-ing.
Sing songs and some ripe pickings were on offer when I first arrived.
It was a labour of love for Vanessa and Udo to make this special day memorable.
The beauty is in the details.
This sweet little man had light falling down on him like gentle rain.
Oh my lord how about those cheeks!?
Little ones have the best cheeks!
Isabella intent on blowing out the beautiful candles.
And how about this delightful little creature taking in the dappled light?
I love the story that builds in this one.
This little man was fascinated by his transformation.
Everywhere I turned something lovely was happening.
I love the little pog on her neck…a teeny weeny detail but worth stopping time for.
Livi the face-painting lady was a hit…the children were completely captivated by her.
I wanted to somehow blend Isabella into the background with her beautiful blond locks and the soft trees in the background…to have that gentle, wispy quality to the image with a subtle sense of movement.
la pièce de résistance….
Vanessa and Udo have opted for this stunning wall portrait for their living room.
The key image that encapsulates the whole day for them.
Beautiful lady…and how about the little man’s expression!? So much character!!
Oh sweetheart, you’re an absolute treasure!!
What an exquisite creature.
Isabella will have her own wall portrait in her bedroom.
How wonderful to have such a beautiful keepsake from her third birthday party forever.
There was such a beautiful sense of harmony…
Parents chatting to parents…
Children playing with other children.
Parents keeping a close eye on their little ones.
Just a lovely day.
Vanessa and Udo, Isabella’s parents, are grade A hosts.
As everyone leaves they give each guest a potted basil plant to keep.
This stunning tree will give Isabella many years of childhood memories, including today’s event.
The atmosphere was so relaxed and happy, lots of chatting and laughs.
Funny to say it but I love this image as much for the fence as for the subjects!
That is to say, that as the years go by the trees will grow.
In time Vanessa and Udo will look back at this photo and remember the days when they had their brand new fence.
Everyone has gone home…time to pack up, go through the presents and play with the toys.
A lovely day.
Thank you Udo, Vanessa, Isabella, and all your friends and children from Isabella’s 3rd Birthday Party!! It was a stunning day, so beautifully put together, and a joy to capture forever for you.
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