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Lenzy Ruffin is a corporate event and lifestyle photographer in Washington, DC. 

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to!

Here are a few images from a family photojournalism session capturing a first birthday party.

Dad, granddad, and the guest of honor.

Dad, granddad, and the guest of honor.

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The proud grandparents.

The proud grandparents.

I'll just kick mom in the face 'cause she thinks everything I do is cute.

I'll just kick mom in the face 'cause she thinks everything I do is cute.

Is this not a gorgeous family?

Is this not a gorgeous family?

Love the expression on the little man of honor's face.

Love the expression on the little man of honor's face.

If you're not celebrating your first birthday upside down, you're not doing it right!

If you're not celebrating your first birthday upside down, you're not doing it right!

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And for his next move...

And for his next move...

The Mommy Dismount!

The Mommy Dismount!

And he sticks the landing! Perfect 10!!!

And he sticks the landing! Perfect 10!!!

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He held it together for the entire day, but he was not feeling that happy birthday song. Everybody else is smiling and happy and he is LIGHTING IT UP! Eyes closed, mouth wide open, volume cranked up to eleven. I told mom and dad not to worry about it. This is going to be a great blackmail picture when he gets older. "You see how you were acting on your first birthday?!"

He held it together for the entire day, but he was not feeling that happy birthday song. Everybody else is smiling and happy and he is LIGHTING IT UP! Eyes closed, mouth wide open, volume cranked up to eleven. I told mom and dad not to worry about it. This is going to be a great blackmail picture when he gets older. "You see how you were acting on your first birthday?!"


This post is an example of family photojournalism, which is a contemporary spin on the traditional family portrait. There's no need to dress everyone the same and make a grand, complicated production out of taking family photos. Those kinds of photos don't even reflect what your family really looks like. Family photojournalism is about capturing the awesome images that occur during the course of everyday family life.

This family didn't even need to change their schedule to do this. They got a bunch of great family photos in just an hour without having to leave the comfort of their home or adjust one minute of their schedule. I can do this for your family, as well. Scroll to the bottom to see more examples and contact me now so we can talk about how I can help you capture some great photos of your family in a way that fits right into your busy schedule.