First birthday sessions are so much fun! Especially when there’s cake involved. But a birthday boy, a dog, and cake? Well… see for yourself. Below are some favorites from Jack’s Valley Forge first birthday session…

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April Ziegler is a Valley Forge photographer who specializes in newborn through first year photography. If you’re looking for a cake smash and first birthday photographer in Valley Forge, PA, or the surrounding areas click HERE or contact: april@aprilziegler.com to book your Valley Forge first birthday session.

As a Collegeville photographer, I often have newborn sessions involving older siblings. They’re often toddlers. And they’re often uncooperative… which is understandable! Who wants to take photos when there’s a new studio to explore? For this session, I photographed brand new baby Gabriel and his siblings who are 8 and 10 years old. And wow! They did amazing. Don’t get me wrong… I still love the challenge of toddler-wrangling. But it was interesting to compare how the sibling photos went down for this session versus a session with a newborn + toddler. Below are a few favorites from Gabriel’s newborn session…

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Collegeville portrait studio for newborn and baby photography. April Ziegler Photography has a studio in Collegeville, PA in which she photographs newborns, babies, and first birthday cake smashes. If you’re looking for a Collegeville photographer, click HERE or contact: april@aprilziegler.com to book your Philadelphia newborn session.

One week ago, our hearts were broken as we said goodbye to our girl, Chloe. I’ve shared on social media, but I wanted to post on my business pages. So many of my clients have seen me share my girls over the years. They’ve gotten me thoughtful gifts like a Boston Terrier mug, sweater, pin, t-shirt. I love anything Boston Terrier, and I think it’s amazing that my sweet clients think of me when they see the breed. So I thought it was right to share the news here.

Chloe was our first dog together. She’s brought an unexplainable amount of joy to our lives for almost 12 years. She was there when we got married, when we bought our first home, when we brought home our baby girl.

Not only that, but she was one of the main pulls that got me into photography. When I first picked up a DSLR, she was what I loved to photograph most. Every little thing about her. She made me realize how much I love dog photography. She was the inspiration behind my logo, and the business that I love.

She wasn’t the perfect dog, she certainly had her issues, but she was a really good dog. The best dog. She loved walks, scrambled eggs, and sticks. She hated baths, smoke alarms, and empty fridge packs. We loved her in spite of and because of her quirks. Our lives won’t be quite as full without her…

Below is a short video that I made from her birthday in September. I’m thankful that I have this film of our celebrating her…

 And though I probably have thousands of photos of her, I wanted to share some that I grabbed…

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