Such a cutie pie! Joanne Markland did this stunning shoot of her daughter on her second birthday.
“I believe that you can never have too many photographs of your family. I always encourage my clients to take lots of photos of their children because before you know it they are all grown up and the photos are all that you have to remember those precious memories.
Before I had my children I decided that every year for their birthdays I would try to do something different for them so that one day they can look back at all these memories and share them with their own children.
I have a son who is almost 5 years old and every year on his birthday I take one photo of him on a white background so I can compare it with all the others and see how he has grown. I usually also do a little blog every year with all my favourite photographs that I have taken of him throughout that particular year.
When my daughter arrived two years ago, I decided that every year for her birthday I would do a photoshoot, but every year needs to be a different idea. Its definitely a tough challenge but I will keep doing it till I run out of ideas.
For her first birthday I did a “smash the cake” shoot, I can’t say it went according to plan. She was tired and grumpy that day and then to top it all off she was sitting on the floor and fell backwards and bumped her head! I decided to do it the next day but she wasn’t very interested in the cake and didn’t even smash it up, but I still managed to get some cute shots.
For her second birthday I had this idea of her running around on the beach holding balloons with the most beautiful sky in the background. I am slightly obsessed with taking photos at sunset on the beach, and I especially love winter light. A few days before the photoshoot, I came across a photo of children painting canvas’s at school and decided that this is what I was going to do as well as the balloons. I got my husband to make me an easel and then I kept checking the weather forecast for the perfect evening with no wind. The light that evening was so soft and beautiful and my daughter loved every single minute of painting her canvas and just playing on the beach. I loved capturing all of her expressions especially when she pulled her tongue out every time she was concentrating which was most of the time. She had so much fun but probably not as much fun as me.
The best part of all, besides having beautiful photos, is I now have a beautiful piece of “artwork”(LOL) which I can keep forever.”