Something I love about photography is capturing the little but significant moments. There is a raw-ness to this post - it's a 3 year old's birthday morning. I wasn't hired for this shoot... just happened to be staying there and I think that makes it even better. Nothing forced. Nothing Staged. The house isn't spotless and the kids' hair uncombed. The excitement over balloons and eating cake for breakfast can remind you that life is short and seize every moment you can. Especially with family. Especially when there are presents. Especially when your photo friend is there with her camera.