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Cake Smash & First Birthday Photography

Cake Smash & First Birthday Photography

Garden Themed 1st Birthday Cake Smash Photography – Indianapolis Photographer

I’ve adored photographing this sweet girl over the last year! She has always been such a happy little one and her baby rolls and big smile are just to die for.

For her last session of the year, we did a garden themed cake smash session to celebrate her first birthday. Normally, by the end of  a cake smash session the little ones are over it. It’s a little over stimulating and no matter how much they like they cake they are just done and in tears. However not this birthday girl! We had to drag her away from that cake, big smile and all.  All of the details from the cake, decor, and her cutest little outfits all came together for an adorable session!

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Happy 1st birthday, little one!! Thanks for letting me capture you and your family over the last year.

Let me know if you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer! I offer 1st year grow with me packages that are great for capturing your little one during the year they change most in life.

Boho Flower Cake Smash Session for 1st Birthday – Indianapolis Photographer

It’s no surprise that I love babies and nature mixed together. I love shooting newborns/kids outside and I love bringing floral elements into the studio. I also love neutral colors. So this session was a lot of fun for me and it might be one of my favorite cake smash sessions to date!

This little birthday girl had a boho themed cake smash session with pink/blush floral hoops. She loved her cake and was perfect in front of the camera. I love her little feet in the cake and how she just leaned over to eat the cake topper – so stinking cute!!

Be sure to make it all the way to the end of this post. You won’t want to miss the video of this little birthday girl during her cake smash session!!!

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I’ll end this post with a little behind the scenes of the cake smash session. Here is a pull back shot from the studio…

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If you are looking to have your little one (or your whole family) capture I would love the opportunity to work with you! I’m an Indianapolis photographer and I’m always excited to work with new clients.

Blue and Burlap – Indianapolis Photographer

I’ve so much enjoyed watching this sweet boy grow over the last year! We finished off his grow-with-me sessions with an adorable cake smash session. The theme for this session was blue and burlap. Such a sweet them for a sweet birthday boy.  He seemed to enjoy his cake almost as much as he enjoyed having his picture taken!

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Happy 1st birthday, little man. Thanks for coming to visit me in the studio over the last year. I’ve just loved watching you grow.

Let me know if you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer. I would love to learn more about your photography needs and to see if I would be a good fit for you.

Bee 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session – Indianapolis Photographer

I always love when clients send me new ideas for cake smash sessions. This one was so much fun to design and photograph. This little cutie wanted a bee themed session but more of an abstract bee theme and not a bunch of bees on the backdrop. I adore how this turned out and I think it’s the perfect mix of abstract bee with the adorable bee cake topper that really communicates the idea without being over the top.

This cutie has been coming to the studio since she was born. During every session we have also included the family’s first (fur) baby. So it was only fitting that the fur baby was included in the first birthday cake smash session (sorry – no cake for the pup).

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What a bee-utiful little birthday girl. Thanks for letting me watch you grow over the last year!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer be sure to let me know! I would love to photograph your family or your little one(s) sometime soon.

Cooper is ONE – Nautical Themed Cake Smash Photography Session in Indianapolis

Ahoy there – Cooper is One!  This little man sailed in a little over a year ago and it has been so wonderful to watch him grow throughout the last year.  Little Cooper is one of the best dressed little men that I know- don’t the coordinated outfits just look awesome!  (His momma is quite the planner!!)  We had a whale of a good time at Cooper’s cake smash and thoroughly enjoyed his cake and he made the cutest faces.  He was a great sport for the entire session and I am so glad that he came to visit me in the studio for this very important date!

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Happy First Birthday, Cooper!  If your little one is getting ready to celebrate their first birthday, I would love to help you celebrate by having their cake smash session in my studio.  Be sure to reach out to get a date my calendar!  I’m an Indianapolis photographer and I normally book cake smash sessions at least 4 weeks in advance so that we can make all of the plans for the big day!

15 Highlights for 2018 from KristeenMarie Photography – Indianapolis Photographer

This year was truly a great year both personally and professionally. I feel like I was able to really hit strides with my work/life balance. I made a point to provide top notch service to my clients and to my own family at home. I did this by cutting back on weddings and weekend shooting and working more closely with and providing additional services to the clients that I have.

I love and adore every single client and I’m honored that each client choose me to capture this time in their lives. I know you have lots of choices when it comes to photography in Indianapolis. So thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing me to be your Indianapolis photographer!!

Here are a 15 highlights from the year. They are in no particular order.

1. Styling Service Now Included with Every Session

I started offering a new styling service. This service can be used for all sessions… everything from in-studio milestone sessions to newborn sessions to maternity sessions. I think the service is most beneficial for family sessions or maternity sessions. This online tool takes the stress out of picking outfits for you and your family!! My clients who have used the service have had nothing but rave reviews about it so far and I’m loving the looks that people are coming up with! You can read more about the service here.

2. Thirty Six Messy Cake Smash Sessions

I love a good mess… especially when cake is involved! I take great pride in giving each little one that comes into the studio a completely custom cake smash set-up. Being an Indianapolis cake smash photographer is a blast. Some kids love cake, some kids love to play with cake, and some just don’t love it. Whatever happens, it’s sure to make some great pictures and memories. All 36 of these cake smash sessions were so much fun!

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3. More Minis

My clients love mini sessions. I offered more variety of mini sessions this year and they all filled up pretty quickly – which I see as a sign of success! This year the mini sessions included Spring Minis, Summer Creek Side Minis, Urban Minis, Fall Minis, Christmas Tree Farm Minis, In-Home Holiday Minis and In-Studio New Year Mini Sessions. Just looking at that list is a little overwhelming! I also always offer the weekday in-studio mini milestone sessions. These mini sessions are a great way to update your family pictures without a large investment. Many families chose to do multiple mini sessions so they could capture their families a few times in one year. I do plan to offer more minis sessions in 2019. Be sure to subscribe to my email list to be the first to hear about these. Also, you will see the dates and times update here if they have already been announced via my email list.

Mini Photography Sessions in Indianapolis

4. Featured in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine

This feature was a big surprise to me! It wasn’t something I applied for or anything. But what a fun and amazing surprise and honor!! Indianapolis Monthly Magazine featured KristeenMarie Photography as the best Cake Smash Photographer in Indianapolis! There was a half page spread on my services and they featured a lovely image I took. So fun!!

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5. My First Surrogate Birth

Being an Indianapolis birth photographer is one of the biggest joys of the job. Shooting births is one of my favorite things!! I shot a number of births this year, but by far my favorite birth was the surrogate birth that I photographed. This was something new to me and it was so cool to witness!

Thank you to all my clients who allowed me into their personal birth space to allow me to capture this very intimate time in their lives. I will forever be honored to have been able to capture the birth of your children.

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6. Two Indianapolis Proposals

Not every guy hires a professional photographer when he proposes, but if you really want to knock your proposal out of the park then you hire one! While I only did two Indianapolis proposal photography sessions this year they were both killer proposals!! Take note guys, these two knew that they were doing!!

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7. Back-end Changes

If you are a long time client you may or may not have noticed a few back-end changes. My hope is that these changes were seamless and you didn’t really notice. If you did notice I hope that you were pleasantly surprised! Here are the two changes that were made:

We switched our CRM from ShootQ to Dubsado. This tool is what we use to collect payments and have clients sign contracts. Dubsado is much more user friendly then ShootQ and if you noticed a change I hope you love it as much as we do!!

We also switched our client gallery hosting. We switched from Smugmug to Cloudspot. The new galleries are SO much nicer then the old ones and easier to use too. I hope you love these too!!

8. Fifty-Nine Indianapolis Families Photographed

Some of these families have been with me for YEARS. One of my favorite things about my job is being able to watch kids/families grow over the years and building relationships with my clients. It means the world to me to be able to capture these families year after year! I’m excited to start getting my 2019 calendar filled for family sessions. If you are looking for an Indianapolis family photographer this year. please let me know so we can get something on the books!

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9. Continued Learning

Even though I’ve been in business for over 10 years now there is always still more to learn! This year I attended the Reset photography conference. I had the awesome opportunity to watch some pretty amazing photographers work including Sarah-Beth Photography, Twig + Olive Photography, The Herrintons, and Spanki Mill. You can read more about my takeaways from this photography conference here.

Continuted Learning as a Photographer

10. Seven Fresh 48 Sessions Capture in Indianapolis Hospitals

Is there anything better then a fresh new baby?! I think not! I’m actually kind of surprised I didn’t do more of these because I ADORE Fresh 48 sessions. If you are even considering doing a Indianapolis Fresh 48 photography session in 2019 let me know! I would love to capture your little one in those early hours of his or her life! Seriously, contact me if you are even considering this. I want to see all of those brand new baby toes.

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11. Nine Beautiful Baby Bumps

Look at all those beautiful baby bumps!! All those glowing mamas and mamas-to-be were just stunning. I can’t wait to do more Indianapolis maternity photography in 2019!Indianapolis maternity photographer

12. Fifty Two In-Studio Milestone Session

Wow – that’s a big number! That’s an average of one per week throughout the year. Most of these milestone clients were first newborn clients in the studio. And we all know that I adore watching my clients grow so that makes my heart so happy!!

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13. Five Beautiful Brides

Yes – I still shoot weddings. No – I don’t shoot a lot of them. I used to shoot 30+ weddings a year. However, I’m not at a point in my life where I can sustain that. Plus, it’s not where my heart is. I love shooting weddings but more then 5 in a year, and I don’t love it anymore. I give everything I’ve got to my wedding clients and I hope that they see that on the day of their wedding and in the final photo product. Next year I expect to shoot about 5 weddings too. If you are looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer feel free to reach out! Let’s see if I’m a perfect match for your big day.

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14. Eighty One Newborns in the Studio

If I had to pick only one thing to photograph for the rest of my life it would hands down be newborns. Good news is I don’t have to pick just one thing. But it’s no surprise that I did more newborn sessions then any other type of session. These are just the Indianapolis newborn photography sessions that were done in the studio too. I also had some in-home lifestyle newborn sessions and some clients added on outdoor newborn sessions to their packages in the summer months. So many beautiful brand new babies and their families.

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15. New Promo Video

This video was actually shot in 2017 but wasn’t complete until 2018 so I think it still counts! If you haven’t seen it yet you should really check it out below. The video shows me in my element working as an Indianapolis newborn photographer in my studio. The lovely Erin Werner from Little Nuggets Photography produced this awesome video for me and I just love it!

 

 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I LOVE my joy. And I love each and every one of my clients. I couldn’t do what I do without the trust that each and everyone of you give to me to capture this special time in the lives of your families. Thank you 100 times over for allowing me to be your Indianapolis photographer!! I hope to see you again in 2019!!

Blue & White 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session

This handsome little fella took a couple minutes to warm up to the cake smashing, but once he figured out it was fun he definitely gave us some great smiles!  I have been photographing this guy from birth so I know that once he smiles they are camera worthy and oh so adorable!  The little outfit in the first few pictures is a family heirloom.  How cute is that little old fashioned bow tie!?

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Happy 1st birthday, little man!  I hope to see you again soon!

Want to have some cake smash photos of your little one?  I offer personalized cake smash sessions to fit your theme!  I would love to hear what you have in store.

Cutest Little Family with Cake on Top – Indianapolis Photography Studio

I have had joy in watching both of these adorable kiddos grow up since their births.  I just absolutely love the rolls on both of these beautiful babies!  Sweet little Violet was very happy with the balloons and really loved the cake as well.  Aren’t these two smiles just the cutest you have every seen?  She was definitely upset when it was all over.  Be sure to check out all the adorable images below!

 

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Let me know if you are looking for an Indianapolis Photography Studio. I would love to have your little one(s) in the studio for their next milestone. I offer Indianapolis newborn photography, milestone sessions for all ages, and Indianapolis family photography.

Purple & Teal Cake Smash Session – Indianapolis Photographer

I have been photographing this little lady since birth and we even got to celebrate her first birthday together!  The theme was purple and teal fairy princess.  I love the sparkle from the lights, and I think little Miss did as well.  Maybe not as much as she loved the cake, but it’s her first birthday so she gets to have her cake and eat it too!  I also love the way that her cake turned out- I love the colors and the vibrancy of the “1”!  Be sure to check out the adorable little stars on the tush of her onesie – so precious!

 

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I’d say this was a perfect Spark-tacular day!

Let’s bring your soon to be one year old into the studio for a personalized Cake Smash session!  Have the photos taken and the cake to celebrate and then you will have some adorable pictures to send out first birthday announcements or thank you cards!  Send me a message today if you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer!

Arlen is One! – First Birthday Cake Smash Session

Has it really been a year since this cutie entered the world?  And even before that, I can remember photographing his parents for their maternity session as well.  Time sure does fly when you are working with babies and kids all the time!  Arlen and his family came to visit me in the studio for his cake smash.  While he did not seem too interested in the cake itself, he really love the number one on top of it and was mesmerized by the cake stand!  HIs expressions are just the greatest- so full of vibrancy and sweetness!  It has been wonderful watching you grow, Arlen!

 

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Yay! Happy First Birthday little man!  I love working with children for their cake smash first birthday photos.  If you are interested in celebrating your child’s first birthday with a cake smash session, feel free to reach out! I’m an Indianapolis photographer and I would love to work with you and your family!