GREAT EXPECTATIONS

I was so excited to get the opportunity to shoot Sidharth and Arhaan's first birthday party at the Denver Aquarium. I just knew that the photos would be amazing, and they were – but not for the reason I thought they would be.

Because as it turned out, the most magical moments of the day had nothing to do with the location and everything to do with the love that the family shows for one another.

My camera couldn’t get enough of them.

 Father kisses his baby boy on his first birthday, black and white
 Mother puts her forehead to her baby boy's head on his one year birthday, black and white
 Man hugs one year old boy and smiles wide, black and white

Of course, there were a few bumps in the road, as is bound to happen when dealing with cartloads of small children all at once.

 Little boy crying in front of a fish tank at the Denver Aquarium while a little boy behind him points up

But it was nothing that a little more love and a mid-shark-tank-tunnel snack couldn’t take care of.

 Grandmother holds her upset one year old grandson at the Denver Aquarium to try to calm him down
 A father feeds his one year old son in the shark tunnel at the Denver Aquarium

The birthday party room is just as amazing as the rest of the aquarium and the kids had an absolute blast.

They crawled, climbed, made friends with a turtle, and ate looooots of cake.

It was just what a birthday party should be.

 One year old crawls through a tunnel at the birthday party room at the Denver Aquarium while his mother encourages him
 Little boy climbs up a giant octopus in the birthday party room at the Denver Aquarium while a little girl watches on and a woman helps him up
 Father helps his one year old son pet a turtle in the birthday party room at the Denver aquarium
 Little girl steals icing off of a cake at a birthday party at the Denver Aquarium
 Woman feeds cake to a little boy at his birthday party at the Denver Aquarium

Thank you so much to the Malhotra family for letting me be a part of your day. It wasn’t what I expected – it was better.