At the end of June I had the pleasure of photographing a 1st birthday party for a very sweet little girl. {You might remember her from a recent studio session I did with her and her big sister.} The party was thrown at La Reggia, with a pink & green, balloons & bugs theme, which was super cute! The day was filled with the love and laughter of family and friends of all ages, and included a lot of activities for the kids! There was an amazing magician, who also did face painting, a woman making balloon animals, and a puppet show!

I’m going to write this blog post in a different style than my normal way of showcasing an event. I am going to share these images with you through the design of the custom album I made for this wonderful client. They requested bright and colorful pages to reflect their celebration. If you didn’t know, each of my event photography packages comes with an album custom designed by me. It takes me approximately 3 weeks to design all of the spreads; to tell the story of the event in a way that is artistic and includes all of my clients favorite images.

Signature Album

Signature Album

This particular album features thick white pages, and a strong, sturdy binding. When this album is opened, it lays completely flat, with a barely-noticeable crease in the center gutter of the page so that the album can be designed in large panorama spread pages. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

Within the album itself, I told the story of this party from start to finish, and packed the album with images in thoughtful layouts. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? The next images are the actual layouts that I created for the album…

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Aren’t these balloons beautiful?? They did a great job planning and decorating this party! I love the little bumble bees!!

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I always photograph the hugs & hellos at the beginning of each celebration I photograph. They make for some of my favorite images!

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Below is what the above page looks like within the album itself. My client chose a paper type for this album that was very similar to a lustre photographic print. It has a slight shininess to it, and a very smooth feel. It looked beautiful throughout this album, with the bright colored images and pages.

Signature Album


Family Photographs with the cake…


Candids from throughout the day



I love this spread so much. The entertainment that was at this party for the kids was so great! I especially loved the magician/face-painter.

Signature Album


This is probably my favorite spread design. I love the low-opacity image of the face-painting brushes as the background!


More candid memories





The party ended with goodie bags for the kids, and a very tired little one year old after her amazing first birthday party!


When this album was delivered, I was thrilled to receive an email telling me how beautiful the albums were and that they exceeded their expectations. Happy photographer, right here! This is why I love what I do! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed me telling this celebration story through the images of and within this albums. For more information about my albums, go to my YouTube page: