24Jul2012 First Birthday Photoshoot & Invitations A BIG way we save money in this family is with photography. My dad used to be a wedding photographer almost 30 years ago, back when the biggest expense was developing the film. How far we’ve come! Paul bought me a Canon DSLR camera when I was pregnant with Silas over 3 years ago and since then I’ve practiced A LOT. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned was how to shoot in manual mode and adjust the ISO setting (LOVE this tutorial). Other than that, it’s all luck and post-editing in Photoshop! A few weeks ago I decided to dress Wesley up cute and make a first attempt at some 12 month old pics at our local park. To my surprise, they turned out great. Here are some of my favorites: Can’t resist an adorable hiney shot! 🙂 And of course a couple with big brother. Isn’t he the cutest? Did you notice that Wesley is wearing a dark blue Polo sweater vest? Yeah… totally scored that at a local thrift store for $1.50!!! Anyway, I was thrilled that I didn’t need a 2nd or 3rd attempt at pictures so I took the deep blue and green from the photos to use in the invitations, and subsequently the party. I put this together using Photoshop, but you could do something very similar on Pic Monkey. Or make it even easier and just upload the picture to Shutterfly or Snapfish and choose a card they have already premade. I needed them printed fairly quickly so I just went through Walmart! So grand total: First birthday photo session- FREE First birthday invitations- approx. $15 for prints Envelopes- FREE (already had on hand) So how about you. Have you had success with your own “photoshoot”? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share? Linking up to: Show and Tell, The Mommy Club, Show Off Your Stuff, Cast Party Wednesday, Wow Me Wednesday, Women Living Well, Uncommonly Yours, Creations by Kara, Lil Luna, Sugar and Spice, Link it up Wednesday, Something Swanky, I Made This, Thrifty Thursday, Somewhat Simple, Timeout Thursday, Things I’ve Done Thursday, Pin It Thursday.