The start of my 2018 photography season was celebrated with a party! No, not a party for me. A party for Chloe’s first birthday at Jane’s Carousel - a beautifully restored 1922 carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
I met Chloe and her family last Fall when I photographed her baptism. Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to the celebration of her first birthday. It’s wonderful to see how much she has grown in such a short amount of time. The last time I saw her she was a baby and mostly just stared at me. Now she is a little girl with big smiles, big waves, and a little voice as she learns to talk.
I’ve always felt like 1st birthday parties are mostly for the parents, family, and friends. Even my own son’s party when he turned one - as my husband and I blew out the candles it was more of a “cheers to us for getting through the last year” kind of feeling. But Chloe’s celebration made me feel differently about 1st birthday parties. She loved every minute of it! From the carousel rides to the balloon hats, she seemed to really be enjoying herself!
There were so many great details - the intricate designs on the carousel, the assortment of carousel themed desserts, Chloe’s handmade dress, and the cute goodie bags. Not to mention the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges surrounded by fog in the background.
I found out later than Chloe loves parties, so a party for her was even more reason for those smiles! Even when she was uncertain, Chloe was always smiling. When the smash cake was put in front of her, Chloe didn’t know what to do with it, so she knocked the horse off the top. After Mom showed her it was cake, she slowly got into it and managed to get frosting on both herself and her Mom.
Once the cake was eaten, the carousel stopped, and the guests had left, the family headed out for some photos by the river. Mom, Dad, and brothers braved the mist to come outside. Even the Brooklyn Bridge peeked through to make an appearance.
Thank you for inviting me, Chloe, and Happy Birthday!
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