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Cake Smash & First Birthday Photography

Cake Smash & First Birthday Photography

Pretty In Pink First Birthday Cake Smash Session

This sweet family is from Ohio and they drove all the way to the north side of Indy for their pictures. I’m incredibly honored! They do also have family in the Indy area so it’s not as crazy as it might sound.

I’m so glad they did travel all this way because they have the happiest little one-year-old you ever met! She was just a little smile box. She also had the most adorable curly hair and baby rolls for days. What more could a photographer ask for?!

Be sure to scroll to the end of this post to see the video from this cake smash.

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Baby Wearing while Shooting – A Cake Smash Session

My best friend came to visit. She has a little boy that is only a few weeks younger than my little guy. We only do daycare 3 days a week. This schedule works really well for our family. My friend was visiting on a Tuesday when we didn’t have daycare. This was great for the boys as they loved to play together. However, when it cake time to take pictures for my friend it made things a little difficult. So I resorted to baby wearing (which he loves because he loves being close to his mama). I wasn’t sure how baby wearing and shooting would work. However, it went surprisingly well. I won’t be doing this for non-friend clients. However in a pinch it worked great! At the end of the session my little guy got a reward for being such a trooper – some cake! I hope one day these two boys will be best friends too.

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Ruth’s Pink & Gold 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session

Meet Ruth. This cutie enjoyed her cake smash session for her 1st birthday. This session was done on her actual 1st birthday which made it even more fun and meaningful. 1st birthday pictures the whole family pink and gold cake smash session - heart and star themed cake smash photogrpahy pink and sparkly cake smash for first birthday the birthday girl yum!

I’ll leave you with a little behind the scenes from this session… behind the scenes of 1st birthday cake smash session

Happy birthday little one!



Dino 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session

Is this little guy a cutie or what?! He was such a happy smiley baby and he just loved that cake! I hope you enjoy his first birthday cake smash pictures. My favorite was when he took the head off the dinosaur on his cake. So cute!

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Happy 1st birthday, little dude!

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It’s different when it’s your own kid… Jack’s first birthday cake smash

I photograph cake smash sessions all the time… at least once a week. But they have never been as emotional for me as this one. Because this cake smash session was for my baby. This last year just flown by. I can’t believe my baby is one!! I know people say it all the time, but you don’t understand how true it is until it happens to you. This session left me teary eyed and that sad. My first baby isn’t a baby any longer. Yes, I am excited for all the milestones to come, but I’m also nostalgic for all the milestones that he has already mastered.

That being said, it also made me grateful for all the pictures and videos I have have of this little guy. It made me excited for these pictures to remember and cherish these times. Sorry for such a sappy post, but I just had to share. The first year goes WAY too fast. Don’t forget to cherish and capture these times with your little one. They will be gone in a blink of an eye.

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the aftermath

Before I had a kid, my photographer friends would tell me how much harder it was to shoot their own kids. I don’t think I really believed them until I had my own. Here is a little behind the scenes to see what went into this shoot.





Purple & Teal Mermaid 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session

It’s been such a joy to watch Jovie grow over the last year!! She is only a few months older than my baby so every time I see her it’s like seeing into the future for my little guy.

This sweet girl is nothing but joy. She is a happy baby and is as sweet as can be! And her parents are just the nicest people you will ever meet.

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Pink and Green 1st Birthday Cake Smash

This was a fun and brightly colored  cake smash. This little birthday girl loved playing with her cake. She had a great time which made for some great images. Enjoy!

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Happy 1st birthday, little one. Thanks for celebrating with me in the studio.


Tinsley – Pink & Gold Twinkle Little Star 1st Birthday Cake Smash

This sweet girl is one! I can’t believe it. This little lady was one of my last newborns that I photographed before I went on maternity leave. That means that my little guy is right around the corner and is almost one too. I REALLY can’t believe that.

Little Tinsley is a sweetheart. She loves to eat (I don’t know how she stays so tiny!) so the cake smash was a huge hit with her. By the end of the session she was my new best friend. I think it had something to do with me giving her a whole cake, but I’ll take it!

I hope you enjoy the pictures of this cutie!! Happy 1st Birthday Tinsley!

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Rainbow Baby 1st Birthday Cake Smash

A rainbow baby is a baby born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. The term comes from the idea that a lovely rainbow can only be seen following a storm. The term is meant to bring hope for things to get better and that the rainbow can be appreciated even more now that the storm has been experienced.

This beautiful girl is a rainbow baby. Every baby is loved by their parents, but this beautiful girl is loved in ways that only a rainbow baby could be loved. It’s so beautiful to see this lovely girl and her parents. This little one’s parents went though so much hurt before they were able to meet their rainbow baby. It was a joy and an honor to be able to photograph this session for this family.

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It’s been so much fun watching this sweet girl grow over the last year!! Happy 1st Birthday!!


Winter ONEderland 1st Birthday Cake Smash – Indianapolis Child Photographer

I’ve loved watching this handsome boy grow over the last year!! The cake smash session was a fun way to celebrate the little one’s first birthday. Be sure to check out the video at the bottom of the post. This little man has the best laugh!

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Happy Birthday, little one!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer be sure to reach out and let me know! I would love to photograph your child.