Airplane Themed First Birthday Photos

I know what you’re wondering and the answer is “yes”, that airplane was built from scratch by the photographer – well her husband actually.  Beautiful, right?!  Pretty sure there’s a market for wooden model airplanes like this one but I’m guessing McKenna’s husband is glad he only had to build one of these! :)  A really brilliant session and wonderful idea for a first birthday!


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I’ve always loved the idea of an airplane themed nursery for little boys. We even had an airplane themed baby shower for my son. Once it had been established that airplanes were our “thing” I began dreaming about his first birthday photos (I know, only a photographer right?). I had this image in my head of him in one of those pedal car airplanes and a little aviator hat. Anyways, time passed and the time finally came to start getting all of the props together for the shoot. Apparently I’m too picky, because I just wasn’t finding anything that I really liked. Pedal planes were too expensive, I didn’t like the way most of them looked, and no one was making real cloth aviator hats… so my husband and I decided to make everything ourselves! My husband was in charge of the plane, which he completely designed and built from scratch, and I made the hat, goggles, and cake. Everything else was found at various thrift and antique stores, except for his jumpsuit that my mom happened to find at Gap. ;) This shoot was definitely a labor of love, but it was so worth it in the end!

If I could do anything differently, I would shoot a little later in the day, and some time when it wasn’t so cold. We were on a time crunch though, so there really wasn’t anything that we could do about it. Oh, and of course my little model refused to take a nap that day (typical right?), so we had to cut things short when he had a huge meltdown. Lol. But you’ve got to work with what you’ve got!

Gear Used:
Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm L, and 100mm L.


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