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First Birthday Milestone Session on IOP | Charleston Family Photographer

This sweet family traveled here to celebrate their little guy’s first birthday with a milestone session on Isle of Palms beach and it may be one of my favorite sessions ever! I know I say that a lot but, truly they were such a joy to work with. I think we also lucked out with the best weather and sunset too.

Mama trusted me throughout the planning process- from location selection to wardrobe styling. Prior to their session, I sent over a few different inspiration boards with warm and cool-toned options. Mom opted to wear this blue floral dress and it looked SO beautiful on her. This shade of blue not only screams Charleston but photographs beautifully on the beach! We paired it with neutrals on Dad and a cute little blue romper on baby from the Client Wardrobe.

This was actually the birthday boy’s his first time on the beach, too! Seeing his reaction to the sand and the waves was so precious. Of course no session at the beach is complete without kids eating some sand, but he wasn’t even phased!

We got all of the family portraits taken fairly quickly, then set up his cake smash on a blanket. Mama got his cake from Sugar Bakeshop, which is one of my favorite bakeries in downtown Charleston. We were all a little sad it was inedible after the cake smash. Ha!

I’ve done a few cake smashes at the beach for a first birthday milestone session and as you can imagine, it’s a bit messy but nothing a quick bath in the ocean can’t handle!

I included both film and digital images below because I loved them so much. Can you spy the film?!

Mom and Dad take photos with their son on the beach for his first birthday. Photos by Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
Mom and Dad take photos with their son on the beach for his first birthday. Photos by Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
Black and white family portrait on the beach in Charleston, SC. Photos by Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
Dad playing airplane with his son during first birthday photoshoot. Photos by Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
Black and white image of dad with son during first birthday milestone session at the beach. Photos by Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
First birthday milestone session on Isle of Palms beach | Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Little boy turns one and celebrates with a beach photoshoot in Charleston, SC. Photos by Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Little boy turns one and celebrates with a beach photoshoot in Charleston, SC. Photos by Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Little boy in blue romper during first birthday milestone session in Charleston, SC. Photos by Caitlyn Motycka Photography
Mom and Dad give each other a kiss during sons one year old photos. Photos by Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
Mom with one year old son on Isle of Palms. Photos by Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
One year old walking on the beach during milestone photoshoot with Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
Sunset family photoshoot on Isle of Palms with Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
Black and white photo of family playing in the water at IOP in Charleston, SC. Photos by Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
Family photoshoot on film in Charleston, SC. Photos by Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
Black and white photo of Mom holding son during first birthday milestone session at the beach. Photos by Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
First birthday milestone session and cake smash at the beach. Photos by Isle of Palms Photographer, Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
Cake smash on the beach to celebrate turning one! Photos by Isle of Palms Photographer, Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
Cake smash on the beach to celebrate turning one! Photos by Isle of Palms Photographer, Caitlyn Motycka Photography.
Cake smash on the beach to celebrate turning one! Photos by Isle of Palms Photographer, Caitlyn Motycka Photography.

Caitlyn Motycka is an award winning Charleston Family, Maternity and Newborn Photographer based out of Charleston, SC. Service areas include Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, James Island, Folly Beach, and surrounding areas.

If you’re interested in scheduling a first birthday photoshoot, contact me here! Let’s take some pretty pictures together!

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