It’s my Malia’s birthday today and once again we’ve gone out for her annual birthday portraits. I love having these traditional portraits done. They’re such a wonderful way to mark the passage of time. It also provides a way for me to capture more of her personality.
Unlike most of my photography sessions, I let her run the show. She picks out her outfits and tells me where she wants to have her portraits taken. The 30-45 minutes are spent simply observing her, encouraging her ideas and trying to capture anything that comes into her mind.
With each passing year, I see something different & new. This year was no different. I took note of the way she would smile gently, rarely showing her teeth. When she posed for the camera, she always gives a little shoulder action or turns her eyes away from the camera.
Where does she find her poses and expressions? I have no clue. The nuances, however, are always interesting to me. I like discovering what she thinks is beautiful and looking for the emotions she wants to convey.
I also love seeing what outfits she puts together. She’s definitely settling in on her own sense of style with each passing year. As a 5 year old, it was important for her that she wore the same color from head to toe. I remember her outfits in varying shades of purple. She is a girly-girl though and a lover of flowers and color. When she put together her birthday portrait outfit, I had to smile. She put together her favorite Dot Dot Smile dress and actually picked out a complimentary sweater to go with it. Her mama was so pleased!
Happy Birthday My Sweet Girl
May you continue to be curious about the world around you & discover new and wonderful things. Keep pursuing the things that make you happy. Explore your wonderful imagination through your art, your stories and adventures. Be a mermaid or a unicorn or a princess — so long as you do it YOUR way.
Vacaville Family Photography
Maryrose Serac is a Lifestyle and Family Photographer servicing Solano County and beyond. Photography services are available in Fairfield, Vacaville, Dixon, Vallejo, Benicia, Davis, San Francisco, Napa and Sacramento. Photography commissions are also available worldwide.