Dawkins Family: DJ's 1st Birthday

I was so honored when the Dawkins family asked me to photograph little DJ's 1st birthday. I had photographed the baby shower and the family's first Christmas photos. It was such a pleasure to be asked to capture his 1st birthday. It was a very warm day in June, but being by the water always makes it cooler. As I arrived, the space was filled with baby Mickey: tables, piΓ±ata and, most importantly, the cake. Once the birthday boy arrived, he was as charming as ever. DJ is such a cutie to begin with, but it is so hard to resist his baby smile.

The party went on with children laughing and playing in the pool. Parents and adults enjoy the delicious food provided. But it was time for cake--always my favorite part--DJ was not in the best mood. The Dawkins purchased cakes from We Take The Cake, and even got DJ a "smash" cake. DJ was just not in a happy mood when it came time to dive into it. His mom, Lady T, even tried to get the other children to join in and help eat the cake, but it just made him cry more.

At the end of the party, the piΓ±ata was main attraction that got all the kids excited. Who could resist a shower of candy? Definitely not me.

Pastor Dawkins & Lady T: Words cannot describe how thankful I am for your generousity and having me capture this special moment in your family. I hope there are more moments I can be apart of in the future. Many blessings to you and your family.