“Life’s a beach and I’m just playin’ in the sand . . .”  and this Beach Bash First Birthday is giving us life! Today’s Milestone Monday feature is this adorable beach-themed birthday party captured by Jamie Miller of Erstwhile Photography. We can practically feel the sand between our toes!

Beach Bash First Birthday | Erstwhile Photography

What We Love:

Jamie: I was so excited to capture Ezra’s first birthday party. His mother, a regular client, has also been my best friend for over ten years. I am so privileged to have had the experience to watch and photograph Ezra growing over the past year, capturing all of his milestones. I knew this would be something Mom and Dad would want to remember for years to come, considering how much attention they put into every detail of this magnificent beach bash. They booked the perfect beach front pavilion and accented the décor with beach balls and sandcastles. Watching the excitement on Ezra’s face as he was surrounded with his friends and the sweet smiles as he opened his presents gave me nearly as much joy as he had. This little guy is so loved by all of his family and his friends and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.


Rachel and Lisa:  There is something so special about capturing memories for our nearest and dearest. You can feel the love and the joy in these images! We love the sandcastle cake and all of the beachy decorations and party favors. We also love that Jamie captured so much expression and the feeling of what little Ezra was experiencing on his first birthday, from beginning to end. The video she captured is fantastic too and really brings this featured session to life! Video is becoming more and more relevant and we love seeing a photographer incorporating video into a session. We’re sure Ezra and his parents will cherish these images and videos for years to come!


Camera: Canon 5D Mark ii

Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8 and Canon 85mm 1.8

Location: Picayune, MS

Venue: Paradise in Picayune

Cake and Cookies: Falynn’s Sweet Treats


I also got to film this cute little video:

Ezra is one from Jamie on Vimeo.

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What’s your favorite part of this Beach Bash First Birthday?  Leave a comment below and let us know!

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