A few months before E’s first birthday, I came across a great idea on Pinterest that I wanted to use for her birthday book. It was a personalized alphabet book which included photos of baby with items that start with each letter of the alphabet. I was sold! Upon planning for this activity, I came to the realization it was a HUGE undertaking. This didn’t only mean 26 pictures, it meant 26 poses. For every picture of the girls I keep, there are at least 3 others I’ve deleted (oh the joys of digital cameras!) There was no was I was going to be able to keep E stationary(ish) for over a hundred photos. Oh, and because I am the furthest thing from a professional, I wanted to do all the pictures at once because there would be no way I could replicate the environmental conditions (e.g., lighting, shadows, etc.) and I wanted consistency.
Thanks to a brainstorm with a girlfriend of mine (who was also making a personalized ABC photo birthday book for her daughter), I decided to modify the idea slightly. Rather than using all the letters in the alphabet, I would spell out ‘Happy Birthday’. The general idea is still there but it wouldn’t be as much of a to-do. So I rigged up a photo shoot in my backyard using a bed sheet on the laundry line and snapped away.
After a bit of editing (if you aren’t familiar with the free editing services at www.picmonkey.com, check them out NOW), here are the first set of shots.
I am so happy with how these turned out and can’t wait to get the book printed! I will post the remaining images once I get through all the editing.