Celebrating January Birthdays

January birthdays can get overlooked a little in the chaos of Christmas. Speaking from experience parents of January babies tend to feel a little guilty about focussing on Christmas and then making birthday arrangements at the last possible moment! This is a perfect opportunity to talk about cake smash or birthday portraits.

Celebrating January birthdays requires a little more forward planning than most. You have the busiest month of the year for families just beforehand, then you’re expected to pull it out of the bag for a birthday celebration! If you have a January baby (or family member!) you’ll know exactly what I mean.

Thankfully I have a few solutions that will help you celebrate an amazing January birthday.

Cake Smash

A cake smash doesn’t have to be just for a first birthday - lots of my families choose a cake smash to celebrate birthdays up to age four! The reason a cake smash is such a good choice for a January birthday is that it’s so special and different. You can choose to bring along your child’s main present from Santa for the more formal portrait part of your session which is a wonderful way to mark a birthday that is so close to Christmas. You also don’t usually need to purchase any special new clothes as Santa has usually ticked that box too! And of course it’s really difficult to buy birthday presents for the child who has just got everything they could wish for for Christmas. Portraits are a much longer lasting gift - one they’ll treasure forever. Imagine having beautifully documented birthday milestones of you and your family from being a baby - it’s a priceless gift. What's more they make the perfect addition to your home. Whether that be a new frame for the living room or the baby's bedroom.

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Friends Shoots/Photo Parties

Photo parties are a brilliant way to celebrate a January birthday and perfect for primary to secondary aged children. I even have a sister company specialising in them, check out Photo Party London. Your child can bring up to 6 friends to the studio, they can get dressed up with my props. If they're on the older side we can even arrange a makeup artist to attend. We’ll play some music while the kids have fun striking poses. Our photo parties are so much fun and can have a customised background if you wish. This is such a gorgeous way to capture those childhood friendship memories. It’s something I wish I’d had as a child! You can even take them all out for a cheeky Nandos and birthday cake when we’re finished.

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Winter Walk Family Portraits

If you’re a parent who celebrates a birthday in January, you’ll know more than most how disappointing a January birthday can be, particularly as an adult! Spin that feeling on it's head this coming January and give yourself the amazing gift of a family portrait. I also include images of each parent alone with their children - this is a special indulgence that all my clients love. I have Winter Walk mini sessions this January which are the perfect gift for yourself. However if you'd like a more indulgent present you can opt for a full family session. We can make your session as low key, or all out over the top as you’d like. You can dress casually or you can dive into your wardrobe of beautiful dresses. If you'd like we can add in a makeup artist. Make a promise to yourself that this year, you’ll have a present to cherish.

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If you want to find out more about any of these sessions or my January availability and pricing, please use the contact form or email me.


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