Pleased to Make Your Acquaintance | Bethesda Family Photographer

Ask any tot (whether they can speak yet or not), and they’ll tell you they can’t wait to grow up.  Ask any parent, and they’ll tell you that their little ones grow up too fast—especially in the first year.  That’s why celebrating Colin’s first birthday with a photo shoot in Glen Echo Park was the perfect way to capture the intersection of both of these perspectives on film: Colin relishing his moment as a big boy; Mom and Dad proudly standing by watching their little baby taking some of his first daring and independent steps.

Just one look at this reel, and it’s clear that Colin feels he has earned his seat at the big-boy table.  Dressed to match his dad wearing an identical sweater and button-down shirt combo, the images of Colin and Dad look less like a father-and-son spread than they do a pictorial of a pair of best buddies.  I love the shot of Colin riding on Dad’s shoulders.  Offset by the green background, the picture has a woodsy, masculine feel that almost makes the two look like brothers horsing around in the outdoors.  It’s obvious that in one year, these two have formed a special bond.

Glen Echo provided the perfect setting not only for its natural aesthetics but also in its ability to evoke the family’s proud Irish heritage.  The rough stonework of the park’s walls and fountains mixed with the wild brush overgrowing the edges gives the images a gritty, lyrical feel that meshed nicely with the soft warmth of the family. The image of Colin being held up by his mother against a cloudy October sky was particularly poetic.  And the shot of Colin holding court in front of that crimson doorway with its Kelly green arches couldn’t conjure up any image other than that of a jolly barkeep beckoning you to his pub—Colin truly is the man-of-the-hour, and his open arms and sparkling eyes just invite you into the frame to celebrate life with him.

For many of us, the first birthday party is a coming out of sorts—standing tall and dressed in our big-boy best, we reintroduce ourselves to the world proud of the little man we’ve become.  And in this spread, Colin is genuinely pleased to make your acquaintance.