Milestone birthdays are always the hardest. And when it comes to the kiddos, every birthday feels like a milestone. So the question was: 1 year party or 1 year pictures? Which is more important? Which has more impact? Will they even remember the party?
Probably not, but you will! So when it comes to pictures or party, I say…BOTH! Now, let me be honest, I was actually trying to decide between one or the other. Because let’s be real…pictures and parties alone can be very expensive, so imagine doing both. I had decided I was going to just have the party and forfeit the pictures. I figured we would take family pictures soon and I would get some individual shots of Sanai then. So I pushed the 1 year pics out of my mind and I started planning and purchasing things for the party. Then one day I was scrolling through my camera photos and I ran across one of my God daughter Karli’s 1 year pictures and I fell in love all over again. She looked perfect, and I knew her mom was going to cherish those pictures forever. In that moment I decided I couldn’t cheat Sanai and I had to get some pictures done. And I’m SO glad I did.
I decided to go with Karly Loar for Sanai’s pictures. She is absolutely incredible!! My best friend told me about her and after looking at her website, I was sold. Her studio is in North Georgia, so it was about an hour drive for me. Karly was prompt, patient, and most importantly, she was amazing with Sanai. I didn’t even realize she got such great shots until I got the proofs back.
A few days after the shoot, the online gallery had almost 40 pictures and there were several picture packages to choose from. I usually opt to get digital photos mainly for the convenience of being able to print them at my leisure. And of course because once I have the digital pictures, I’ll have them forever. I had the hardest time choosing photos because, let’s face it, I wanted them all. But, Richard and I gave ourselves a budget for the photos + the session, so we decided to only choose 10 digital photos.
Richard and I went through these photos for probably an hour trying to decide. I was seriously in awe of how great Karly’s photography/ editing skills are. I mean, sure, Sanai is a cutie, but Karly did a really amazing job and I’m so happy with the photos. See below for more!
I sent Karly pictures of Sanai’s outfits for the shoot a week ahead of time. It seems like she went out and bought back drops because they matched her outfits perfectly! Look at this:
I was so excited for the cake smash pics, but Sanai kinda wasn’t here for it, lol. She did get really messy, which was the goal- the shots came out super cute.
Seriously, look at this little cute face!! *swoons*
Listen, if you are on the fence about getting milestone pictures, GET THEM! You will not regret it. If you find yourself struggling between party or pictures, I say both! They are equally impactful, in my eyes. Of course that can be a little costly, but these are memories you will have for a lifetime, so it’s totally worth it. Just try your best to budget and save and you can pull off both. Let me know what you think about the pictures in the comments. I hope you love them as much as I do!