When I first met Bernice, she was only 5 days old. She was one of my first in-home newborn sessions, and I was still in high school! I can't believe that it has already been 5 years since then, but looking back at the quality of my photos from 5 years ago, I can definitely tell it has been!
Every year, Amanda, Bernie's mom, does a themed shoot for her daughter's birthday. I was so so so excited when Bernice's mom reached out to me with her idea for Bernice's 5th birthday shoot! The idea of getting to do an entirely 50's-inspired shoot is my retro dream, and I absolutely died at the opportunity to bring the idea to life.
I ran to Target and found all of the items to create a perfect retro birthday surprise for Bernice. (Including these plates (& this one!) and these candlesticks that I used to create the cutest tiered cupcake platters, along with other assorted items from the dollar section, and a couple of party decorations, like paper straws, Coca Cola Classic, and some Hubba Bubba.) I then got to work on a couple dozen cupcakes with homemade (& teal colored!) cream cheese frosting!
Bernie is turning 5 this May and she has grown into a spunky, smart, and sassy little girl who can totally rock it in front of the camera! I was so happy with the setup of the shoot, but Bernice was a superstar and overshadowed any detail that I had a part of. She had the best un-prompted faces and attitude. Adding victory rolls and a poodle skirt only fed her awesome modeling skills.
We started the shoot at Kathryn Albertson Park with the cupcakes and chair setup, where Bernice channeled her inner Rosie the Riveter. After running around the park for a bit, we barely beat the rain as we headed to Big Jud's Boise to enjoy milkshakes, cheeseburgers, and fries. Bernice killed it in a poodle skirt while scarfing down french fries dipped in vanilla milkshake. The whole morning was amazing, and, despite the wind, the photos came out even better than I could have imagined.