As a mother myself, I know that even those who regularly find themselves taking photos have a hard time ensuring that they capture all the can't-miss-moments at family events. Plus when hosting an event, no one wants the responsibility of being the one behind the camera when you're already playing hostess, making sure the party flows well, the food is out, the drinks are flowing, etc. And everyone knows, moms never seem to find themselves actually IN the photos when they're busy snapping the pictures. For all these reasons and many more, I am a firm believer in outsourcing the responsibility of photographing special event - particularly first birthdays, as they are such a milestone event - to the pros. Here are some recent images from little Mason's first birthday party - he wasn't too sure about the cake at first, but ended up enjoying all the more when he got to share with his best buddy.