A little over a year ago I met Laura and Matt, on a late afternoon in June when the temperatures were high and the mosquitos were plenty! We had planned on this maternity session for just a little while and were hoping the baby would wait to make her appearance until after the pictures-- Layla was expected to be here any minute now! Thankfully we got to do the maternity session (still some of my favorite maternity pictures!), and within about two weeks I was back at their home taking newborn pictures of their sweet baby girl. We've been doing a Grow-With-Me package since then, so I have had the privilege of seeing this little family every few months for the past year. :) It's been so fun watching Layla grow up a bit, and also to see Laura and Matt go from expectant parents to a Mom and Dad. These are some of my favorite sessions for that reason! Instead of doing a typical one-year session, I got to go to Layla's first birthday party and take pictures there! They did a monster theme which was so fun, from the silly party hats to the crazy cupcakes, and the kids enjoyed cooling off in the pool when it started getting a bit warm out. Little Layla had friends and lots of family come and celebrate with her-- she had cousins and grandparents, and even great-grandparents visit. :) When it came time for the cake smash she caught on to the concept pretty quickly and ate almost as much frosting as she got on her face! She didn't quite understand that wrapping paper isn't nearly as fun as the gifts inside it, but I'm sure she has been happily playing with the toys she got since then.
Thanks so much to Laura and Matt for letting me document a bit of your first year as a family! It has been so much fun and Layla is already such a sweet and beautiful little lady. :) I know you guys are so proud!