First Birthday Photographer | Cake Smash for Maddox | Holly Springs, NC
Maddox had an adorable cake smash session. His eyes are so blue!
Maddox had an adorable cake smash session. His eyes are so blue!
In home newborn photography is becoming more and more popular. More clients are looking for a session that is less posed and more natural. This is especially helpful when you have a beautiful nursery to showcase. In this case, there was a beautiful gold crib. I am in love with the crib sheet… white with gold polka dots.
These lifestyle newborn sessions are much easier for families, especially families in which there is a big brother or sister. In home sessions allow for more flexibility while the toddler sibling is adjusting to having decided attention. We allow the siblings to participate as they want rather than being rushed and forced. In this session, it worked out perfectly. We were able to get some family photos at the very beginning and then let big brother come in towards the end.
With this session mommy was able to get her wedding dress out so that it could be a part of the newborn session. The dress was stunning…. it was a blush pink with beautiful details. It really matched this sweet girls skin tones. Pink is absolutely one of her power colors.
It was so much fun to work with this family again. I worked with them a little less than a year ago for big brothers first birthday family and cake smash session. And to think that he is already a big brother is just awesome!! He will get the hang of it in no time at all.
Raleigh Cake Smash Photographer
It was a very busy holiday season. I finally have some time to be able to start blogging and being able to share what I was up to from September through December. Although I was so very busy with family sessions, I had so much fun also shooting so many cake smash sessions. I am really excited to be able to share some of the “sweetness” with you all.
This is one of those cake smash sessions. Meet Leila! She is was so very shy and a little off guard with the cake smash. When this happens, and it does a lot, we let them decide the pace of the session. Sure, would we want them to dive in and love every second of it? Of course!! But when it doesn’t, we let them decide the pace. And they always come around.
The first cake smash we had scheduled, she started too feel under the weather a few days before the session. Mommy did exactly what I ask all of my clients to do, reschedule when the baby is sick. This not only protects all other babies and children that come into the studio, but it allows us to get better quality images form the session. And let’s be honest, NOBODY wants to be in front of the camera when they are sick.
We were so happy that we waited a little over a week… when she was feeling completely herself. During the cake smash, she continued to watch me and the camera… making for some precious, and honest shots.
The cake smash colors were gold, teal and purple. We were able to tie her cute lavender and gold polka dot outfit, that her mommy found on Etsy with a custom made paper banner, also from Etsy.
The cake for this cake smash was made by Baked By Billie. She delivers cake smashes directly to the studio. This is perfect for all Raleigh cake smash sessions.
First birthday cake smash sessions are, without a doubt my absolute favorite sessions. I have photographers say to me on a regular basis, “I don’t know how you do so many cakes sessions. I really don’t like them at all. They are too stressful”. I always respond with “that is why I don’t do your type of photography.” I truly believe that we all have our talents and our favorite sessions, I find it hard to understand how this much cuteness isn’t fun for others. I mean, look at Maxwell’s cake smash! Look how cute he is.
Just like almost all babies who start out on their cake smash session, he was slow to get into it. But once he got into it he was a natural… And he ate as much as his cheeks couldn’t hold.
Isn’t that bowtie so precious on him?? He got through the whole cake smash without even getting a crumb on it. I am not sure exactly how he did it, magic, I guess… because he got cake every where else… especially his toes.
Many times during the first birthday cake smash session, it is almost rite of passage to have their tiny toes covered in frosting. Once that happens, the baby becomes one with the cake and then it is smooth sailing from that point forward.
I really loved the shades of blue both on this delicious looking cake with the banner. It helped contrast the blue and marry them together. This cake was designed, baked and delivered by a local Holly Springs baker, Baked by Billie. I frequently work with this baker because she offers the delivery service and uses local farmed eggs and the finest ingredients in every item she makes. She also works hard to make sure we are all on the same page with colors to be able to have the sessions look as great as this.
This adorable rustic boy cake smash session was designed for Cody for his first birthday photography session. With a rustic backdrop, no banner, a wooden cake stand and linen pants we were able to take this cake smash from an idea to a reality. Sometimes a boy’s cake smash is harder to pull together, so many times we stick with the color blue, or a sailor or nautical theme cake smash.
Cody is beyond handsome. His brown hair and captivating brown eyes worked perfectly with the dark wood backdrop. The cuteness was even better those black suspenders. They were a little too big for him but I think that made it even cuter!
At the start of his cake smash session, he was more interested in flirting with me and hamming it up for the camera…. and there are no complaints on this end with how it started. After he realized he had my undivided attention, he slowly started to dive into the smash cake.
The cake was made by a local baker, Wendy’s Confections Cake Shop, located here in the Apex, NC area. I love the real leaves she included on the cake. This helped us bring a little color and a little more life to the cake smash session. Not only did she make a beautiful cake for this session but she also delivered the cake to help mommy out the morning of the session. I mean, who really wants to drive around with a beautiful cake and risk it tipping over before the session. This is a real struggle and I love that Wendy helps address the issue with this option.
Cody ate quite a bit of his cake… and when he was all done, he let us know when he smiled big and crawled off the set. It was a clear sign that he was done. Luckily, mommy was able to enjoy the rest of the cake at home for dessert.
Lifestyle newborn photography is such a beautiful way to document the arrival of a brand newborn baby. A lifestyle newborn photography session takes place in the comfort of your home. This is especially helpful for moms who crave staying home after the delivery and offers a photojournalistic/candid take on newborn photos rather than overly posed.
There are so many benefits to having a lifestyle newborn photography session. One reason my clients choose a lifestyle session is because it can be much easier for first time parents who may feel reluctant to get out on the roads so soon after having a baby. The session is about an hour long, which is much shorter than a studio newborn session. This allows new parents to spend that additional time at home, as a family.
Having an in home newborn photography session tends to be easier for moms as well. They can feel less rushed and during the session, have more time to bond with their baby. It also gives us the opportunity to document that precious bonding time.
A lifestyle newborn session tends to allow dads to feel more relaxed as well. After the arrival of a newborn there is a long list of things that have to get done…. including laundry, washing surfaces, running to the store to get supplies, and cooking. Having an in home session allows us to take photos in an order in which parents can still feel productive and can be more present in the moments.
This session was so easy and we were able to get many pictures of mom and dad both with their brand new baby boy, many photos of just mommy and the baby as well as just photos of daddy and their handsome newborn baby.
This lifestyle session was a photographers lighting dream. There was a ton of natural light in the baby’s nursery, which affords us balanced light to give us bright and vibrant colors. Additionally the room was all white.. which allows us to capture the contrast even better. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.