Brayden’s Birthday Shoot – Behind the Scenes

For Brayden’s birthday shoot this year I really wanted to make it fun for him.  No one ever believes me when I say this, but he really doesn’t like getting his picture taken.  Or, I suppose I should say, he really doesn’t like it when I take his pictures!

He can be really shy so I thought about doing an indoor shoot where he would be most comofortable.  Plus, we were really limited on time so I thought indoors would be best in case we get bad weather.

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was really cool, but too similar to what I did last year.  I decided to adapt it and tape the balloons to the wall in my studio instead.  Brayden loves rainbows and I knew the color would pop really well.  We blew up the balloons with a balloon pump (don’t use helium!) and simply taped them along the wall.  I wasn’t sure the tape would hold, but luckily it did.  I didn’t want to have to put that many holes in the wall!

I also saw these streamers on Pinterest and loved them.  They are really easy to make and took no time at all!  I used construction paper that was bigger than your normal 8.5 x 11 (maybe 8.5 x 22?).  We hung all the streamers the night before and that ended up working out really well.  They stretched out a lot overnight and looked even better!

Lastly, I bought a confetti gun, which was SO much fun.  Except, it was really loud and Kennedy did not like it 🙂

When Brayden walked in and saw the set up for the first time he said, “Wow, I love this party mommy!  It’s so cool!”.  And you know if Brayden says it’s cool, then it must be really cool!  I just wanted him to love it and I think it shows in the pictures that he really did.  It was simple and fun and no tears on this shoot!  Yeah!

Canon 5d Mark II, 50 1.2

F 2.0, 1/200, ISO 320


  1. Melissa D says

    I love it! My son (10) is the same way about having me take his photo but we just did my daughter’s 1st birthday shots and he said he wanted to do one for his next birthday! The best I could get him to do last year was let me take some shots outside with him holding up 10 fingers. Maybe we’ll use some of your ideas- he’d love the confetti gun.

  2. Sarah C says

    Adore the color and love the shot. I’d crop just above the start of the blue balloons to capture more of his charming smile. Your logo looks almost like a balloon. So cute, all of it. Thanks for the share!

  3. Karlee says

    You are just SO amazing Drew!!!! Brayden is going to have the BEST memories of all of the fun stuff his mommy did for him. What a lucky little guy! Happy belated birthday Brayden 🙂

  4. Gayle Shrader says

    Wow! I love this! How awesome for a birthday boy!!! Definitely want to do this one day!
    thanks for sharing! and Happy Birthday Brayden!

  5. Aimee says

    This is so creative! The photos are fantastic, too! B is such a cutie. No wonder Christy is bragging about her ring bearer!

  6. Jessica says

    What a fun idea, I LOVE it! I wish I had such a great room to set something like that up! It’s fun to see what other people do! Wonderful pictures.

  7. Julie says

    Sort of want this backdrop in my house every single day. For no real reason at all. Happy happiness.
    Julie´s last blog post ..Happy Sunday.

  8. Mandy says

    I LOVE this idea! Saw this on Pinterest, pinned it because it’s amazing, then clicked on the link and saw your son’s name is Brayden! My son’s name is Braydon with an O!!! 🙂 He is 4 months, and I am already planning his 1 year pictures. This will be SO fun with a cake smash! 🙂

  9. Crystal says

    Love it. My grandson’s name is Brayden also.

  10. ange says

    I absolutely love this! THanks for sharing. Found this through pinterest 🙂

  11. dana says

    what editing program do you use to place the logo on the picture?

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  13. David says

    Hi Drew,

    Some great pictures!
    Thanks for mentioning our Confetti guns, they do pack quite a punch most people are amazed the first time they see them.
    We’ve got some patriotic Red, White and Blue ones in stock that may also be fun for the next patriotic party.



  14. Ashley says

    Seriously awesome idea! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  15. Angel says

    Great set up! I am hoping to use parts of it for the photo booth my daughter wants to set up for Christmas. Can’t wait to see how it turns out, thanks 🙂

  16. Laura says

    What kind of tape? Any tape? Im making this today.

  17. Laura says

    What kind of tape? Any tape? Im making this today and was going to use fishing line

  18. Mendy says

    What a great idea! I’m Mom to Brayden..and Kennedy too!

  19. kristen says

    I LOVE this! I want to do this for my sons first birthday party which is coming up VERY soon. What is hanging down from the ceiling? Is it construction paper?

  20. Kim says

    I love this idea. COuld you tell me how you taped the balloons to the wall and with what tape please. Going to be doing this next weekend and figured your input would be better that trial and error. Thanks!

  21. Alyssa says

    Also wondering what type of tape you used??!!! Thanks for SUCH a cute idea!! 🙂

  22. DrewB says

    It’s just regular scotch tape 🙂

  23. Mandi says

    Did you use just one confetti gun? That looks like a ton of confetti, and I was wondering how many confetti guns you had to purchase.
    Very cute!

  24. DrewB says

    I believe we used two.

  25. James says

    Great idea! Did you use any flashes or is this all natural light?

  26. DrewB says

    Nope. All natural 🙂