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This sweet, little girl is my second cousin.


And I had the pleasure of photographing her first birthday celebration a few weeks ago!

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When I arrived, Mom and Dad were busy getting things ready for what ended up being the perfect day for a party.

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The spread was GORGEOUS and included a cake and cupcakes made by Mom.

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I should say crafted because they were works of art!  As guests arrived, everyone moved outside to soak up the sun.

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And all was fine… until Grandpa (my uncle) arrived.


He’d told me once that she was afraid of him – but I thought he’d exaggerated a teeny tiny bit.

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Turns out I was wrong!

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It took a little bit of time (and distance from Grandpa) but she was soon back to her sweet, happy self.


In the meantime, I had fun “spying on” some other second cousins that didn’t really want to be photographed.

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There was lots and lots of food.


A feast fit for a queen princess.

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And before long it was time.


Yes, THAT time.

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Mom and Dad helped with gifts and the birthday girl enjoyed every second of it.

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Here are a few more from the day:

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I especially enjoyed watching what happened when Grandma & Grandpa were alone with the kids:

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Loving up their grandchildren.  So very, very precious.

Thank you again for allowing me to take part in your special day!!!

Rachel Johnson - August 13, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Great pics tina! Fabulous!

Tina - August 13, 2012 - 4:29 pm

Thanks, Rachel!

Jerry - August 13, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Wonderful pictures Tina – Thanks a ton! You also had a great narrative going along with the photos. Thank you for sharing this day with us – that would have been great with you just being there without a camera too!

Clara’s proud Daddy Jerry

Tina - August 13, 2012 - 4:58 pm

You are very welcome! 🙂

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