I have been planning Lulu’s 1st year photo shoot for months. I created a pinterest board, walked the aisles of the craft stores and endlessly searched Etsy. I was still regretting our failed newborn photo shoot. We were so excited to get pictures that we foolishly went with the hospital photo service. HUGE mistake! We paid an outrageous amount and got two poses. Lulu cried the entire photo shoot. It was a disaster. This one year photo shoot was my chance to make up for it.
I found an unfinished wooden crate at a local craft store. I spray painted it white. This crate took several coats of spray paint. I initially only sprayed the outside and you could see in pictures that it was unfinished so I had to spray the inside of the crate as well.
I also found these letters that spelled out ‘ONE’ at the craft store. I searched for unfinished letters but I could not find what I wanted. I ended up buying letters that were already painted white. I had to lightly sand them and then spray painted them. The ‘O’ and the ‘E’ are a light pink. The ‘N’ is sprayed a glitter gold. The gold required several heavy coats of spray paint. Her outfit was purchased on Etsy from https://www.etsy.com/shop/PoshPeanutKids.
I used a basket that we already had around the house. You can find baskets like this at pretty much any store in the home goods sections. I believe this basket is from Target. I tied balloons to the handles. I purchased the ONE banner off of Etsy from https://www.etsy.com/shop/SugaryDreamShoppe. I had to put a blanket in the bottom of the basket because she was bare foot and wouldn’t stand in the basket without this cushion. But the blanket gave her a little extra height which made the pose turn out even better.
I purchased the cake topper from Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/WithlovebyAnri. The stats printable was also purchased from Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChalkType. I glued the sign onto a canvas so it could stand. The outfit was of course also purchased from Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/avannabelbaby.
I probably spent more than I should have for these photo shoot props but I loved how they turned out so it was worth it. I was also able to reuse everything for her 1st birthday party which helped justify the price. You can click here to see pictures from her first birthday party!