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Cake Smash & First Birthday Photography

Cake Smash & First Birthday Photography

2020 Highlights from KristeenMarie Photography

I’m sure everyone can relate… what a nutty year. I didn’t see this coming and I’m sure you didn’t either. I’m not going to lie. It was hard. Very hard. In April and May I had to completely stop shooting and then after that I only did outdoor sessions for a few months. We didn’t have childcare and I became a full time stay at home mom who wasn’t able to leave the house. It was HARD on so many levels. I didn’t know when I would be able to work again (and I so desperately wanted to). I didn’t know what our childcare situation would look like if I was able to go back to work (we just weren’t okay with sending our kids back to daycare). Basically my personal and professional world was rocked!

But you know what?! We figured things out as a family and I made some changes to the business and it ended up being a great year. We figured out our new normal and I think we are better off for it!

Here are some of my highlights as an Indianapolis photographer from 2020! These are in no particular order.

1. 1st time in the sunflower fields

This summer I had the opportunity to photograph two days in the sunflower fields and it was magical! You better believe I’ll be doing it again this year. I can’t wait!! The dates for these sessions depends on when the field is blooming. So I can’t open up booking until the farm knows when the flowers will likely bloom. If you are interested in these sessions be sure you are on my email list because I’m sure they will book up super fast this year!!

Sunflower field photography sessions in Indianapolis

2. 75 beautiful families

One of the biggest joys of my job is being able to watch and document families grow year after year. The fact that so many of my clients come back every year for pictures with me means so much! Being an Indianapolis family photographer is the best and I adore each and everyone of these families!

Indianapolis family photography

3. One magical proposal

Being able to document a proposal is nerve wracking every single time. But I enjoy the rush and appreciate the opportunity to be able to capture such a big milestone. This gorgeous couple did not disappoint when it came to this downtown Indianapolis proposal.

Proposal downtown Indianapolis

4. Behind the scenes video and photography

Before COVID hit and having an extra person in the studio or not wearing a mask was something we even though about I had two local photographers come and take some video/photos of me in the studio. It’s always weird being on the other side of the camera but I’m so grateful for both these ladies and their lovely work. Shaindel Kramer and Kelli White – you guys are the best!!

behind the scenes of a newborn photography session - the studio

5. Outdoor newborn session

You guys showed up big time this year for the outdoor newborn sessions and I’m obsessed! In a normal year I typically get one or two families who are willing to brave an outdoor newborn session with me. But when COVID hit and the only option was to do them outdoor you all did them and they where phenomenal! If you or someone you know is expecting a summer baby, let’s do their newborn session outdoors! These images are stunning. Did you know if you do an in-studio newborn session you can add a mini newborn outdoor session to your package? It’s the best of both worlds!

outdoor newborn photography

6. 62 studio newborn photography session

Studio newborn sessions are what I’m most known for and they are probably my favorite sessions to shoot. I love getting in my newborn cuddles! To have this many people trust me with their brand new babies means the word to me. I hope to see even more in 2021! Thank you for all for allowing me to be your Indianapolis newborn photographer.

Indianapolis newborn photography - newborns from 2020 in the studio

7. Seven maternity sessions

I adore pregnancy (well I personally don’t love being pregnant, but other people being pregnant is the best!) and I think pregnant women are in one of their most beautiful states. I cherish being able to capture this times in the lives of these families. If you are even on the fence about doing a maternity session please reach out to me and let me know. You won’t regret it! And a huge thank you to all these families for allowing me to be their Indianapolis maternity photographer!

Indianapolis maternity photography

8. A gender reveal photography session

This was a 1st for me and I loved it! This couple couldn’t have the gender reveal party they had hoped for due to COVID. They still wanted to celebrate so they did a gender reveal photo shoot with a smoke bomb. I’m going to add gender reveal/birth announcement shoot to my packages for 2021. So keep an eye out for that!

gender reveal photos - its a girl

9. Two Fresh 48 sessions

This one makes me a little sad. Remember, when I could go to the hospital and photograph births and Fresh 48 sessions. Ya – I don’t get to do that anymore. I get it, but it still makes me sad. Before COVID kicked me out of the hospitals, I was able to get in one Fresh 48 session at an Indianapolis hospital. Then I had one mom who booked a Fresh 48 session and still wanted to do it at her home. She still wanted those photos of her kids meeting for the first time. I was totally game and it was a great solution! I hope one day things will go back to normal, but until then enjoy this last in-hospital Fresh 48 session.

Fresh 48 sessions

9. Two weddings and 3 engagement sessions

It’s no surprise, I don’t shoot many weddings these days. Which means I don’t shoot many engagement sessions. But each one I do shoot has a special place in my heart.

weddings and engaement photos

10. Bring on the cake!

In 2020 I shot 29 cake smash sessions. That’s a lot of cake!! Each session was unique and each baby was beautiful and full of personality. I love coming up with these custom sets and I hope to do even more cake smash sessions next year. Bring me all those babies!!

Indianapolis cake smash sessions from 2020

11. My baby’s cake smash session

Speaking of cake, my little lady gets her own highlight. I adore taking pictures of my kids each year on their birthday and this one was extra special because she was one. Brynn cake smash session was inspired by her nursery and I adore it!

purple and blue 1st birthday balloon garland cake smash session

12. Jack’s 4th birthday shoot

I can’t share Brynn’s pictures and not share Jack’s! Jack celebrated his 4th birthday in style with his balloon session. This was also my only shoot in the month of April!

4th birthday photoshoot - balloon backdrop

13. One in-home lifestyle newborn session – I only did one in-home lifestyle newborn session this year, but it was for one of my favorite couples so I’m not complaining one bit!

In-home newborn session

14. 23 milestone sessions

I love all of my grow-with-me package clients! Seeing all these babies every few months is such a joy.

sitter session poses - lots of sessions

What a fun and crazy year! I’m not going to lie, I don’t want to repeat 2020. However, I think I made the best of it and I look forward to seeing all of you (and hopefully some new ones too) amazing clients again next year. Thank you for allowing me to be your photographer and document the lives of your family!!

Boy Boho 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session

Are you ready to see a little model baby?! This handsome little guy was all smiles and joy for his 1st birthday cake smash session in the studio. The theme for this cake smash session was boy boho with greenery, gold and a cute little tepee. Everything turned out perfectly- I just love this theme! I’ve done lots of boho themed cake smash sessions but this is the first one with a little boy. I’m going to have to say… I’m obsessed!

This handsome little guy’s mom runs a local boutique shop so it’s no surprise that he is dressed to impress and has the cutest little hair cut! And his beautiful blue eyes just finish off his adorable look. So stinking cute.

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Happy 1st Birthday cutie!

If you are looking to capture the memories of your little one’s first birthday, let’s schedule a cake smash session! I’m and Indianapolis photographer and I would love to photograph your little one or the whole family! Be sure to reach out to me today!

Wild One – Outdoor 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session

Before it got cold we were able to capture this sweet little guy’s 1st birthday outdoors. The session started with a quick outdoor family session followed by a pretty epic cake smash session. This cake smash session was themed The Wild One after the book series Where the Wild Things Are. I loved this book as a kid and I’m excited to see another generation of kids exposed to it as well. We had the perfect lighting and location for this rustic wild shoot and our little wild one year old rocked his cake smash session.

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Happy 1st birthday, cutie! Thanks for letting me capture your 1st birthday for you.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis family photographer don’t hesitate to reach out. I would love to capture you and your family sometime soon!

Magic Themed 1st Birthday Cake Smash Photography

Abracadabra – poof and he is one! It really seems like magic how quickly little ones grow up. This theme was very fitting for this adorable birthday boy as it represents that quick-ness and Magic is also this little guy’s nickname. How perfect is that!?

He was full of smiles and had the cutest outfits to celebrate his big birthday! He seemed to really love the cake and every photo that I took turned out adorable! While it is hard to choose a favorite, I think the photos with the Magic wand are just precious!

This sweet boy happens to be the youngest of 5 so this little guy’s Mom wanted to celebrate in style. And she had the kindest things to say to me after her session. And those simple words made my day.

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Cake Smash sessions are just the best.  If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate your little one turning ONE, I would love to get a session on the books. I’m an Indianapolis photographer based out of Carmel, IN and I would love to photograph whatever season your family is in!

Finley’s 1st Birthday – Blush, Mauve, and Silver Floral Cake Smash

Mauve and blush cake smash sessions are popular this year and I’m here for it! These guys threw me a curve ball with silver instead of gold but I’m kind of loving it! O and can we talk about that floral cake?! Confectioneiress crushed it on this cake!

Little Finley was into her cake but not into smiles. She had too much cake to eat. But can you blame her?! My favorite part is how she took a bite out of the cake topper and just left it there. So stinking cute.

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Happy 1st birthday Finley! Thanks for coming to visit me over the last year.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. I would love to learn more about you and your family are looking for.

Time Flies 1st Birthday Cake Smash

Time sure does fly that first year of baby’s life. And that was the theme for this cake smash session. We took the literal flying approach with airplanes and hot air balloons. There were also clouds, sun and stars. I’m a little bias but I’m kind of obsessed with how it all turned out.  This little man made it so much better with his adorable teethy smile!

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Happy 1st birthday, little guy. I hope you enjoyed your cake smash session as much as I enjoyed photographing it! You are too cute.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer don’t hesitate to reach out! I would love to photograph your little one or your whole family.

Mauve is One – Floral Blush Cake Smash Session

I love working with babies and kids and creating priceless memories for their families.  I had the pleasure of creating a floral blush cake smash session to celebrate Mauve turning one!  She seemed to love the cake and it was so cute when she had all of the pink frosting all over her face.  She did not hesitate to dig right in! While she enjoyed playing with her cake and the #1 on it, she was willing to share some of the cake as you will see towards the end of this post.  She is such a sweet little girl!

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dad and baby eating cake

Happy Birthday, Mauve!  Cake Smash Sessions are so much fun!  I would love to get your little one in the studio to celebrate his/her first birthday! I’m an Indianapolis photographer with a studio in Carmel, IN. I would love to be able to photograph your family’s milestone and all the moments in between.

 

Lumberjack 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session

Noah is one!  To celebrate his birthday, we put together a “Wild One” Buffalo plaid session and it turned out adorable!  This was the first time that I have done this theme and I just loved it.  I’ve photographed this little guy and his brother since birth. It is bittersweet for me that he is one as I won’t get to see him as often as I have this first year of his life!  It was clear that Noah loved his cake and turning one!

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Happy Birthday, Noah!

If your child is turning one, a cake smash is the best way to celebrate!  I look forward to helping plan a great session with photos that will last a lifetime! I’m an Indianapolis photographer and I would love to learn about the next milestone in the lives of your family and help you come up with the perfect way to capture them!

Boho 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session with Flowers, Tepee, and Macrame

It’s bittersweet seeing this baby girl turn one. It’s been so much fun watching her grow over the last year. But her cake smash session was one to remember! She is such a happy easy going baby and she loved her cake!! Normally cake smash sessions end in tears for one reason or another. But not this sweet girl!! She was digging in until we took that cake away and she was okay with it being taken away. My favorite part was when she went in head first and just started eating. So stinking cute!

Be sure to check out the video at the end to see how all the behind the scenes magic happens.

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Here is a vendor list for some of the props from this cake smash session.

Backdrop Paper – https://amzn.to/2RBo4dX
Flowers (two needed)- https://amzn.to/3cep4xO
Macrame (two needed) – https://amzn.to/3mJejsu
Tepee – https://amzn.to/3hKzvdU
Boho Baby Outfit – https://amzn.to/33FfNet

 

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer to photograph your little one or your whole family. Be sure to let me know. I would love to help your family with your photography needs!

Burgundy and Gold Cake Smash with Balloon Arch

I’ve very much enjoyed watching this sweet one year old grow over the last year. She was so sweet for her 1st birthday cake smash session. She loved eating her cake and playing with it too. My favorite was when she just went head first into the cake.  Girl knows what she wants and the easiest way to get it!

I’ve done a lot of balloon arches and I think I’m mastering the art. They are a lot of work but so worth it!

Don’t miss the video of this sweet birthday girl at the end of the post. You can see her in action smashing her cake.

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

 

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer please let me know. I would love to learn more about what you are looking for!