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Birmingham & Chelsea, Alabama Kids Photographer | Noah’s 3rd Birthday Party | Outer Space, Rocket Ship Party

So my son, Noah turned 3 on June 3 this year. Wow do they grow fast – I don’t know how we already have a 3-year-old! If you know Noah, he is OBSESSED with space. I mean “tell-you-the-names-of-all-the-planets-and-facts-you-didn’t-know-about-all-of-them” obsessed. This kid is so smart and knows all the planets in order. He knows what kind of planet it is and how many moons the planet has. He can tell you that the sun is made up of hydrogen and helium gas. He can recite all of his space books from memory. He loves watching rockets and space shuttles launch on Poppy’s phone (on repeat). He turns every pen, car, crayon, marker, cup, etc. in the house into a fast-flying rocket ship. I’m not kidding when I say he is O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D.

So when I asked him what kind of birthday party he wanted this year (I had honestly been planning a Thomas the Tank Engine party in my head), it shouldn’t have been a shock when he said “SPACE SHUTTLE PARTY.” Well, okay, then! I even asked him what he wanted for his birthday and he told me “a space shuttle is going to fly over my birthday party.” He meant business.

Now with Lucy being 6-months-old and knowing how crazy-stressed I get for his party every year, I was determined to not go overboard. I didn’t too bad. I made most of the decorations with print-outs I found online that I cut out and hung on yarn. I threw black table cloths on the tables and some “planet” and “galaxy” confetti. Voila! (I also was having some issues with my SD card that morning, so I ended up just taking pictures with my iPhone instead of my good camera – so don’t judge me too hard!)

The Cake

I did want to make a really cool cake that I found online, because I quite enjoy making a cake for his birthday every year – even if it ends up looking a hot mess! I saw this “galaxy cake” and I was determined that even if it ended up looking terrible, it would still pretty much look like a swirly galaxy – so I went for it. I got the confetti cake mix for the base, and then some pre-colored cake mixes for the “planets”. Isn’t it so handy that they have those? I started by using my tiny cupcake tin (though I think a cake-pop tin would’ve made much cleaner round planets) to make the planets. Based on trial and error, I figured out that filling less resulted in much nicer shaped round planets. Once I had a sufficient amount of planets, I covered the bottom of my rectangle cake tin with the base and then threw in some “swirls” of the different colors. Galaxies look swirly, right? I then added planets, and then some more. Then I added another tiny layer of base (I should have gotten more of the base…) and more planets until I had filled up the tin. I baked it with the light on because I was terrified it would over flow (it didn’t). It did kind of fall apart as I took it out, and stick to the bottom a bit – oops! But once I trimmed the top and covered it in icing, you couldn’t tell! I actually think the inside turned out looking so much better than I expected!

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The Decorations

I didn’t go too crazy with decorations this year. I printed and cut out and added yarn to create most of the signs and decorations. Table cloths were just plastic black with polka dot and swirl confetti to look like planets and galaxies. (As Noah can tell you, “the Milky Way is a Spiral Galaxy”.) The silver stars are cut out of tin foil. The adorable Rocket Sippy Cup favors were from Birthday Express.

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The Food

… or Space Grub as we called it. We just had heavy hors d’ouerves:

  • Pizza Moon Craters (Bagel Bites)
  • Meteor Cheese Puffs
  • Rocket Space Pops (Made by my amazing mom!)
  • Rocket Hot Dogs (Hot Dogs wrapped in Crescent Rolls with Ketchup/Mustard Fire)
  • Fruit Rockets (Made also by my amazing mom!)
  • Rocket Fuel Lemonade
  • Liquid Hydrogen (Water)

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Activities

I wanted to have a few fun space-themed activities to help the kids from getting bored. We had our “Moon Jump” (Noah came up with this name himself). “Planet Kick and Toss” was just some balloons that I had blown up and drawn designs on. Noah had fun picking out the different planets and their moons. “Space Dust” was made with 8 cups Flour for every 1 cup Baby Oil. I think I ended up doing about 16 cups of Flour and 2 bottles of Baby Oil. I tried to add food coloring, but it didn’t mix at all, so it was just white with a few blue speckles. But OH SO SOFT! Finally, “Search for Moon Rocks” was a bunch of old Easter Eggs that I filled with space stickers and wrapped in tin foil. We hid them around and some of the kids were very obsessed with collecting them throughout the party. I made sure to leave a little of the egg peeking out so that the little hands could easily unwrap. Overall with the games (and a little pool, a slide, two water tables, and a play house) we had PLENTY for the kids to do. The kids were mostly around 2-3 years old.

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Baby Chick Easter Mini Sessions | Birmingham & Chelsea, Alabama Children Photographer

We had fun again this year with our adorable baby chicks. They were trying to fly by our last session! They also had the coolest feathery feet. They acquired several different names throughout the day, but my favorite was “Cat”. I also had  fun time with my babies playing with the baby chicks. Noah was very interested in them this year! He would always go check on them upon waking up in the morning and seemed very fascinated by them! Lucy thought I was crazy – especially when her silly mommy decided to let the chicks crawl all over her belly. Check out her “Seriously, Mom?” face in those pictures!

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Birmingham & Chelsea, Alabama Children’s Photographer | Baby Chick Easter Sessions

They are back! 2017 Baby Chick Easter Sessions will be the weekend of March 31-April 2. These are perfect for kids, young and old! Price includes 20 minutes with the baby chicks and 5 digitals for download. Three child maximum for each session. Please email me at shelleybarrettphotography@gmail.com to schedule your session! These are already filling up, so book your session today!

 

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Chelsea & Birmingham, Alabama Photographer | Happy Father’s Day

A belated Father’s Day, but a Happy Father’s Day to all those dads out there. This year, my son Noah and I completed a quick little picture project for his Daddy and his Poppy. Notice the “Dusty” airplane in his hand for all the pictures, because SOMEBODY wouldn’t sit still and participate without it. Luckily they turned out adorable even with our favorite toy included. I especially love his “A” and “O” expressions (he was actually saying “A” and “O”).

I Love Daddy

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I  Love Poppy

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Birmingham & Chelsea, Alabama Family and Child Photographer | Baby Chick Easter Sessions

Information on 2017 Easter Sessions

Our Easter Baby Chick sessions from March were absolutely adorable! I love these sessions every year because it’s such a joy to see the way young children interact with and love on our chicks. As always, our chicks are raised after our photos on a beautiful free-range horse and chicken farm up in Huntsville, Alabama. This year’s chicks were very friendly and enjoyed meeting all of the sweet kids that came out to the studio. We got such adorable pictures from all the beautiful sessions this year, and I am so excited to finally share them with you all!

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Noah

I’ll start off with my own son’s quick session. He is clearly loving being a photographer’s kid and having to pose for pictures all the time ;). Notice the “I give up” helicopter pictures about halfway through.

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Annie

This sweetie was scheduled for a first birthday session as well, and she did such a great job! She was very good with the chicks and not in the least bit scared!

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Ava

Sweet Ava loved the chicks. She loved holding them, picking them up, chasing them around the studio, and even giving them hugs! I also LOVE her adorable nose-scrunching smile. 🙂

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Cameron

This little was definitely a little more cautious when meeting our chicks, but he soon warmed up. By the end of our session he was sad to be leaving the “dogs” (as he called them) behind. He was also full of the funniest little amazed “WOW” expressions!

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Lindy

This adorable little girl was SO EXCITED about the chicks. She was a pro at handling them and would have happily adopted one if she could have. She was so upset when our session was over and she had to say goodbye.

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Tanner

This cutie was my youngest session. He did a wonderful job being brave and interacting with our chicks. We got some adorable photos with him trying to figure out what those strange creatures were.

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Perry & Allen Families

This big crew was a lot of fun. The girls loved the chicks, however the boys were definitely a little terrified.

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Birmingham & Chelsea, Alabama Baby Photographer | St. Patrick’s Day | Cooper

When Cooper’s mom asked me about a St. Patrick’s Day themed session, I was very excited! Especially since I got to see sweet baby Cooper again. I love the way the wood and green looked and Cooper (although a little grumpy from teething) was full of giggles and smiles! We also got some adorable funny faces, since Cooper’s mom appreciates all those little pieces of his personality!

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Chelsea, Alabama Baby and Child Photography | 2016 Baby Chick Easter Sessions

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Birmingham, Chelsea, Shelby County, Hoover, Inverness, Helena, Alabaster, Pelham, Calera, Alabama | Baby, Child, Children, Kids, Easter Baby Chicks, Photographer | Shelley Barrett Photography

Two days only – baby chicks in the studio! These are perfect to capture your sweet little one(s) in his/her new Easter outfit (or with some bunny ears and Easter eggs). Children will be featured in photos with some cute baby chicks! These sessions will all take place in my Chelsea home studio. Sessions will last 20 minutes and allow for 1 outfit (which can include birthday suit). Each session will get at least 5 images on an online proofing gallery. You will be able to download 5 high resolution images of your choice for free! The chicks will be here March 19-20. Get your spot quickly! Feel free to inquiry about a time using the form below!

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Chelsea, Alabama Children’s Photographer | Valentine’s Session 2016

Valentine’s Sessions are BACK for 2016. These turned out so adorable last year – don’t miss out!

The Details

These sessions will be 20 minute sessions held on February 6 and 13th. They will be held at my Chelsea home studio. Included in the $85 price are 5 digitals (with Print Release) you can choose from your online gallery. We will have simple pink and red (or just red for the boys) decorations on a white wooden backdrop. A double session will be required for more than 3 children families. Please complete the form below to request a session.

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