Ellott Turns 1 :: Edwardsville, IL Family Photographer

I know it’s a cliche and everyone tells you this (especially when your pregnant with your first)…but time flies! One minute you are pregnant and the next you are picking out a first birthday cake. I remember when Ashley told me that her and Ben were expanding their family by one. It seems like it wasn’t all that long ago and now it’s almost time for Elliott’s first birthday! That year really did go fast! Meet the very handsome Elliott…

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I just love the face he is making…he’s cracking himself up! He was such a joy, smiling and laughing throughout our session (well until the very end at least…)

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We also managed to get a few fun family photos in during his session. Is this not the cutest family you have ever seen!

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This next photo cracks me up. He is so serious! I wonder what he was thinking…likely something along the lines of “when is this lady going to leave me alone!”:)

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Such a big boy!

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We ended Elloitt’s session with a cake smash and it was the best reaction to a cake smash I’d ever seen. Ashley and Ben warned me before we started that Elliott doesn’t like his fingers to be sticky, but that he has a big sweet tooth. So we weren’t sure what kind of reaction we would get…as soon as Ben set him down he dug in, immediately paused and did this…

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He was not happy about that cake, but then as soon as he tasted it…he couldn’t stop shoveling it in. Then he’d pause, realize his fingers were covered and cry a little…before resuming to shovel more cake in his mouth. Such a sweetie! And don’t worry, I only took a handful of crying photos before we cleaned him up.

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Ashley & Ben – Thank you for letting me photograph such a special time for your family. Elliott is amazing. He is so much fun and such a handsome little charmer! I can’t wait to see pictures from his Birthday party, I’m sure it’s going to be amazing & we’ll see if he likes the second cake smash better:)Your flashdrive of images is in the mail and on it’s way to you!

I’m going to end with one of my favorite photos from the day! Love how this family loves each other.

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