Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Saina’s cake smash session

Baby girl is turning One! She is holding white wooden sign with number one and smiling.

As a baby photographer, it’s always such a pleasure to meet a brand-new human and then watch her grow during the magical first year of her life. In baby Saina’s case, I got an early start: she made her first visit to my studio while still in the womb, for her parents’ maternity session!

Collage of three images from a maternity photo session: Glowing mother-to-be in flowing, one-shoulder pale pink gown seats cradling her baby bump and looking down. Center: Expecting mother-to-be in a light blue gown. Right: Father-to-be kneels in front of his partner, holding and kissing baby bump; she gazes down at him with a smile

I officially met little Saina at her newborn session. She was a wonderfully cooperative baby, sleeping the entire time and allowing me to capture many beautiful images of her. Her 6-month milestone session was even more fun - she had grown so much and enjoyed showing off her new skills in the studio!
Baby girl posed in a bowl on a Heidi Hope background with butterflies.

Since we’d met several times during the first year of Saina’s life (not just at our sessions, but also at ordering appointments and product pickups), her mom and I had many opportunities to discuss and plan her perfect cake smash! Saina’s mom had a clear vision for this session - she asked for an ombre cake and peonies, light colors, and touches of gold.

Pale pink, balloons and teepee decorations at the cake smash session
Before the session, I pulled together some of my favorite props to bring these ideas to life. Pale pink balloons, a delicate birdcage repurposed as a vase, and a teepee embellished with lace all made an appearance. And, as requested, I brought plenty of peonies and a cake covered with swirls that shifted gradually from bright pink to the palest rose.
Teepee and pale pink at the cake smash session

Of course, pretty props are just one part of a successful cake smash session - the most important component was the beautiful birthday girl! Princess Saina was an absolute dream throughout our shoot - cheerful, playful, and full of smiles.
Baby girl has her first cake at the cake smash session

We were able to fit 2 outfit changes and 3 setups into less than 1 hour. While all three resulted in gorgeous images (just look at the photos of Saina pensively tasting icing or perching on her throne below!), the birthday girl herself had a clear favorite - the bathtub. Playing with the balloons in the tub was the highlight of her session!

Little girl sits in a small white bathtub surrounded by pale pink balloons, soap bubbles, and flowers. Three white wooden signs with the letters “O”, “N”, “E” lean against the bathtub just below her

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