Today I had the pleasure of being sweet Valentina’s personal paparazzo. This little nugget turned one AND it was her Golden Birthday, which meant that it was quite the Minnie Mouse-themed soiree! There wasn’t a polka dot out of place at Bonefish Grill this afternoon as little V played hostess with the mostess for all of her friends and family. Turning one is hard work, and yet she kept her composure the entire time with no tantrums, no crying, and no falling asleep. I am always impressed when the wee ones hold it together for such a long time amidst the chaos of these type of events. I consider myself blessed to have had only smiles and cooperation while I’m snap, snap, snapping away with my camera and flash. Getting to photograph milestones like this is a win-win for everyone involved; I get the kiddos with all their cake-in-the-face glory, mom and dad can sit back and enjoy the party without worrying about missing any photo ops, and the little ones have momentos to last a lifetime!