I was 7 weeks pregnant and sick with COVID during Jaden's birthday last year, so I didn't get a chance to do a birthday shoot. I'm grateful that I had the chance to do it this year! Jaden is always a pleasure to photograph. He told me that he wanted blue and red, so we bought a couple outfits, blew up way too many balloons, and went to work.
Jaden's birthday shoot was our last photo shoot in our studio in Norwalk. It's the perfect way to [temporarily] close this chapter in our lives. I know Jaden & Jonathan LOVED having their birthday parties here every year, and I know that Thanksgiving was always fun for them as well. We will miss our studio, but we're also grateful for the break that we will have from studio ownership. This means spending more time with our family and focusing on our true love--photography.
I asked Jaden what he would like to be when he grows up. He said, "I would say a movie director because I want to make movies. The thing about movies is that you can make any part that you want and you can tell the movie and make voices and everything."
I've always wanted Jaden to model, but I have no idea how to get him into it. Until we can figure it out, he will be my personal model. Look how handsome he is in this red & white letterman jacket that Roody picked up at H&M!
The joke during the entire shoot was that Jaden only knew how to give a thumbs up and peace sign. Because I told him to stop giving me a thumbs up, he continued giving me the peace sign.
"My favorite part of my birthday is that you can have fun and do things with your family. I liked that this year we played cards and I'm turning 8, which I've never been before. I've been 8 for like the past 12 hours."
At this point, you can probably tell that Jaden was starting to feel tired because of all of the rapping and dancing he was doing. I'm happy he felt that way because I probably wouldn't have gotten this HANDSOME portrait of him. I hate/love this photo because of how much he looks like a teenager. I don't think I'm ready for him to be all grown up just yet.
Mr. Jaden, I hope you can look back on your 8th birthday and remember all the fun you had with us in New Orleans. Happy birthday, my love!