The morning of Eli's First Birthday celebration at Ponto Beach was absolutely gorgeous. There was not a cloud in the sky. How did we get this lucky? The day was coupled with many firsts: first birthday, first time at the beach, and first family photos. I love firsts! It brings me so much joy to get to capture and share these precious new memories with a family, memories that they will hold on to for years to come. Eli's a pretty serious little dude too with a pensive makers' mind. The big rocks and their texture on the sand caught his attention more than his birthday balloons or even the vast ocean blue (although you can see it reflecting in his irises). It was a delight to watch 1-year-old Eli discover his new landscape. Happy birthday, Eli!!! Here's to many, many more years of discovery and growth.