Baby in high chair with his first birthday cake

Tyler’s First Birthday: A Baby Portrait in Paradise Valley, Arizona

Tyler just turned one and his parents threw him a big monkey filled birthday party.  I am always interested in watching a child’s reaction to the first birthday cake.  My boys were always very cautious about getting messy.  Tyler was a bit apprehensive at first as well.  “Is this really for me, or is this some kind of trick?”

Baby in high chair with his first birthday cake

Monkey Balloon at a baby birthday party

While the baby was being changed, I took the opportunity to take a portrait of him.  I had nice window light and a black changing blanket, so it was a great situation for a quick black and white portrait of the baby.

Baby portrait on his first birthday

What do you do when your father won’t stop talking?

Baby giving his father his pacifier

Baby and his mother

Tyler’s father is an excellent pianist and Tyler was not doing to bad himself.  The most meaningful and precious photographs I have of my children are those where we are doing something meaningful together.  So when I see a moment where a father is playing the piano with his son on his lap, I will drop everything for that shot.

Baby and his father at the piano

Baby playing on the piano with his father

I’d say, that Tyler came out pretty clean for a baby with a birthday cake on his plate.

Baby with a messy face after eating his birthday cake

Photography Details:

Event: Baby’s First Birthday and Baby Portrait

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Slideshow Music by Kevin Burdick

Location: Home in Paradise Valley, Arizona


Infant portrait in Phoenix Arizona

An Infant Portrait in Phoenix Arizona

Infant portrait in Phoenix Arizona

Little Juliet was sleeping soundly, so when I saw this setting, I cleared the table, centered everything and we moved her to the table and shot?  I often post a lot of images from an infant portrait session, but today I don’t want to detract from this image.  The composition is strong and the baby is perfect.  I love this image.  Let’s just enjoy one beautiful image for a change.

Congratulations Jim and Adriana.  She’ll keep you awake for months, but she’ll be your everything.

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Location: Client’s home in Phoenix, Arizona

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

Baby Boy Bailey: An Infant Portrait, Gilbert, Arizona

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

I got a call from my great friend and fantastic photographer, Isaac Bailey, asking me to come over and photograph his new baby boy.  Congratulations Heather!

Of course, the thing we photographers deal with is that we can take plenty of pictures of our children, but we never seem to be in them…  I completely understood how Isaac was feeling, so I dropped everything and went over.  We got some fantastic infant portraits.  The first one (above) is my very favorite.  I think it describes Isaac very well: a strong man with a very soft heart.

The next image is perfect.  Isaac has large hands, which was good because Baby Boy Bailey (that is still his official name on the records) has very long feet, so making them look super tiny requires BIG hands.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

Baby Boy Bailey (I love calling him by that name, I think I will always call him BB) was very sleepy.  So we had a time getting him to open his eyes, but with some patience, we got a few shots of him with his eyes open.  Sleepy, but open.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

I love the yawn.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

This has to be my second favorite image from the infant portrait session.  I love the contrast between Isaac’s beard, his rough carpenter hands and the baby’s soft skin.  And of course, the tender kiss seals the importance of the image.  Nothing is more precious than a kiss on a baby’s cheek or forehead.  That connection can not be over stated.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

Isaac wanted to make sure we captured a few images with the hospital band in them.  I completely agree.  I think I wore my hospital band for weeks after my daughter was born.  Anyway, this image does such a great job of showing off that hospital band.  It is definitely one of the major characters in this image, but doesn’t over power the other players, like BB Bailey and his dad’s hand.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

The size relationship of a father’s thumb and his baby’s hand should be one of the wonders of the world.  I am always amazed that those little fingers work just like mine do.  BB Bailey also has long fingers.  This boy will be a very tall concert pianist.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

Feeding time is a precious moment.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

Congratulations to Heather and Isaac Bailey on their brand new baby boy.  He is precious.

Infant Portrait by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Location: Gilbert, Arizona

By the way, Isaac Bailey is not only a great photographer… he designed and built this blog!

Baby portrait in a dresser drawer. Gilbert, Arizona.

Cribs, Toys and Large Giraffes: A Baby Portrait

Baby portrait in a dresser drawer. Gilbert, Arizona.

I must admit, the idea of a little child peaking out of a dresser drawer is a funny thing to me.  I have tried the concept with little babies as they sleep, but this little guy was pretty big, so I had to test the drawer first and make sure it would bare his weight.  It was a sturdy situation, so we went for the shot.  I think it was perfect.

And of course, I love photographing the toys in a nursery.  They say as much about the parent as they do about the baby.  Of course, the baby would play with boxes and wrapping paper and be just as happy as with toys, so what we buy our children is more for us and our decorating tastes than it is for the baby’s.  So when I see a ring stacking toy like this one, I am going to have to photograph it.  That is one cool ring stacking toy… full of crazy style.  I think my friend Emily McPhie (quite a talented painter) would love it, as would Heather Bailey (another friend and talented fabric designer).

And by the way, that is one very large giraffe.

Stuffed animals and toys in the nursery room.

“Oh bother,” said Pooh, “must I stay in the crib?  There’s not a drop of honey in here anywhere.”

Winnie the Pooh in the Crib

Whoever invented the board book is an absolute genius.

Baby with a book in his nursery room.

I am always surprised at how little a baby needs to find and express this complete explosion of joy.

Baby Portrait full of Joy.

Baby portrait in the baby's crib. Gilbert Arizona.

Father and Baby Boy on a reading chair.

I enjoy looking around a child’s room and seeing what rests on the shelves.  In this case, I was drawn to this little praying boy, sandwiched between the Willow Tree sculpture and the reference to Noah’s dove experiment from the arch.  I thought it was a well put together shelf with a lot of meaningful items on the shelf.  My wife claims I am not an observant person, and that may be true on a day to day basis, but when I have a camera in my hands, I seem to pay attention to things.  I suppose the camera is a trigger for a certain portion of my brain to kick into gear.

Items on the baby's shelf.