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Cake Smash & First Birthday Photography

Cake Smash & First Birthday Photography

A year in review – Was 2021 the redeeming year?

2021 was supposed to be the redeeming year after the madness that was 2020. Professionally it was! I didn’t have to shut down at all and instead had one of my best years yet getting to photograph more families then ever (265 to be exact). Personally, it was a bit rough but we will get to that. So was 2021 really the redeeming year? Keep reading ALL the way to the bottom to find out.

But before we get to that, let’s start with the good stuff! In no particular order here are a few highlights from 2021.

23 Milestone Sessions – One of the best parts of my job as an Indianapolis photographer is watching kids/families grow. One way I do that throughout baby’s first year is though milestone sessions. I do 4 month session (baby holding head up), sitter sessions (around 7 months), and 1st birthday cake smash sessions (more on those later). Some clients even do milestone sessions for years 2+ after baby’s 1st year. These sessions are always fun and full of lots of baby personalities.

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2 Birth Sessions – COVID didn’t completely keep me out of the delivery room this year (although it did severely limit my access). Towards the middle of the year, I was permitted to photograph births as long as I was the couple’s 2nd support person. This means the couple could have no other guest in the hospital besides myself. It was a huge honor and privilege to be this person. For the families that had me in the delivery room, I’m extremely grateful as I adore birth photography. If birth photography life wasn’t so unpredictable I would be at it all the time. But, with two little ones at home and COIVD restrictions at the hospital constantly changing that makes things a little harder. For now, I’ll be grateful for these two Indianapolis birth photography sessions and hope for even more next year!

Indianapolis Birth Photography - 2021

99 Family Sessions – Oh how I love family sessions! We had a beautiful Spring and Summer for family pictures this year. The Fall was a hot mess (so wet and rainy), but what are you going to do about it?! Somehow we still ended up getting everyone in. This year included Spring, Sunflower, Creek Side, Urban, Fall and Tree Farm Minis. There were also lots of full family sessions in that mix too. Thank you to all the amazing families who allowed me to document their family this year as your Indianapolis family photographer.

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52 Cake Smashes – That’s an average of one cake per week. That’s a lot of cake! I adore the whole process of these cake smash sessions. I love creating custom set-ups for each tiny one year old I have in the studio. Most of these one year olds I’ve had in the studio throughout their whole first year which makes these sessions extra sweet.

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14 Maternity Sessions – Look at all those lovely baby bumps! I love capturing pregnancies. I would love to do even more Indianapolis maternity photography. Each and everyone of these bumps were a joy to photograph. There is always so much excitement and love for these new lives during these maternity sessions.

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Birthday Pictures – I love doing special pictures for my little ones on their birthday. I try to pick something that represents where they are in life of what their passions are. My son turned 5 (and started kindergarten). He is super into science experiments. So he had a science themed birthday shoot and party. Brynn turned two. She loves to make messes, crafts, and painting. There is no doubt that she had fun with her 2nd birthday paint smash.

72 Newborn Session – It’s no secret that newborns are my favorite! So I saved the best for last. This year I got to cuddle lots of adorable newborns. We had lots of baby smiles. Some that were followed by a little bit of baby poop (but that’s a small price to pay). The studio was brimming with all these beautiful babies. However, I like to also remind people that I offer in-home lifestyle newborn photography in Indianapolis along with Indianapolis outdoor newborn photography. I love photographing your little ones outdoor, in your home or in my studio. You can choose one location or more than one. It’s totally up to you! Just let me know if you would like to get your due date on my calendar as I would love to be your Indianapolis newborn photographer for your new little baby.

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A Little Extra that Can’t Be Forgotten – While this year was a fantastic year professionally it was also one of the hardest years of my life. At 17.5 weeks pregnant we lost our baby Ellie. I won’t go into too much detail here. However, I think it’s important for so many reasons to talk about pregnancy loss. If you are interested in reading more about this you can do so here.

Pregancy Loss Announcement with Older Siblings

Was 2021 the redeeming year?

In some ways yes, and in others no. Nothing is black and white these days.

Now is the point where I get a little sentimental on you. This year has taught me to be grateful for everything in my life. Life is fleeting and nothing is guaranteed. I’m so incredibly thankful for each and every one of you (my clients, followers and fans). You allow me to capture these amazing milestones in your life. You allow me to support my family in a way that I love. You gave me purpose in life when everything else was madness. I love my job more than words can express, and what I do wouldn’t be possible without each and every one of you. So thank you, thank you, thank you. And I hope to see all of you again next year.

Baby Ballerina 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session

This sweet baby girl belongs to one of my oldest clients. I’ve been photographing this adorable family since their youngest was born. This sweet ballerina is baby number 4 and the only girl. This is our 4th cake smash session for this family and we went over the top girl. This birthday girl celebrated with ballerina galore – pink, pink and more pink! What a cutie!

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Another fun cake smash session for all! I’m not sure how I got so lucky to be able to capture all the happy times in the lives of my clients!

If you are looking for a photographer in Indianapolis don’t hesitate to let me know. I would love to become your family’s photographer.

Shaelyn is One – Pink, Gold, and Mint Floral Balloon Arch Cake Smash

Yay for another adorable cake smash session on the books for this wonderful family! I’ve had so much much fun watching and capturing all three of these kiddos throughout their first year. This cake smash session *might* have been my favorite of the three. We did a floral balloon arch in pinks, gold, and mint. It was a new combo for me but I’m obsessed! Shaelyn, the birthday girl, was a sweetheart and was all about her birthday cake.

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Happy 1st birthday Shaelyn! Thanks for allowing me to capture your first year of life.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer don’t hesitate to let me know. I would love to be able to capture all the milestones in the lives of your family!

Blush & Silver Winter ONEderland Cake Smash Session – Indianapolis Photography

I have had quite a few first birthday celebratory cake smash sessions lately and this cute one year old was a little stingy on the smiles. UNTIL….we brought out the cake! Then she couldn’t stop smiling! This sweet little girl made us work for the smiles, but once we gave her some cake- she gave her smiles freely! We celebrated with a popular theme- winter ONEderland; however we had a different twist on the colors. It turned out great!

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I just love the tutu- she was too too cute as well! Happy Birthday!

Cake Smash sessions are the best way to celebrate your one year old. Reach out today and we will schedule one for your Indianapolis family photogarphy!

Blue Ombre Cake Smash Session

This sweet boy was as adorable as could be with those bright blue eyes and red hair. He was a sweet little lover who warmed up to me, and having his pictures taken quickly. He was so much fun for the cake smash portion of his birthday session. I love how his sparkly blue eyes matched the backdrop. He had some wonderful expressions and his smiles are just out of this world! Happy First Birthday sweet boy!

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If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer please let me know. I would love to capture all the milestones in the lives of your family.

Baby Boho Cake Smash – Indianapolis Photographer

This sweet birthday girl drove all the way from Terre Haute, IN for her cake smash session and I’m so glad she did! She was as happy as could be and loved having her picture taken. Her cake smash session theme was blush boho and this little birthday girl loved every moment of her cake smash. Normally by the end of a cake smash session the birthday kids are over it. They are over stimulated and don’t want anything to do with the cake. This is why we typically get a crying shot at the end of the cake smash session. Not this little lady! She was ear-to-ear smiles all the way though her session!

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Happy 1st birthday, little one!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer don’t hesitate to reach out. I would love to photograph your family in whatever stage of life you are in.

Outdoor Cake Smash & Family Photography – Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis

Cake Smash sessions are some of my favorite and when we get to do family photos and an outdoor cake smash, it is even better. We aren’t able to have a themed smash, but the beautiful outdoors makes the perfect backdrop for the photos. We did this session at Eagle Creek Park and this location has a lot of hiking to get to the shooting area. These guys handled it with ease despite the heat! The outdoor cake smash at the end was adorable despite the little one not wanting to eat the cake.

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If you are looking for a family photographer and/or a cake smash photographer, be sure to reach out! I would love to photograph your family and all of the important milestones you have. I offer photography in Indianapolis.

Outdoor Family Session and Cake Smash – Indianapolis Family Photographer

I always love photographing this sweet family. This session was extra special since it was the little guy’s 1st birthday session. We started the family session outdoors with everyone and ended it with an outdoor cake smash! It was a perfect night for a perfect little family. The coordinating outfits were absolutely perfect! I love the color and style coordination that took place and definitely enhanced the photos.  What beautiful photos to treasure forever!

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Such a happy birthday boy!

If you are in the market for an Indianapolis family photographer don’t hesitate to reach out. I would love the opportunity to photograph your family soon!

Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session – Indianapolis Photographer

This birthday boy was a COVID baby born at the beginning of the pandemic. We had to do his newborn session outdoors due to local restrictions (not that I’m complaining because I LOVE outdoor newborn sessions) and everything about his first year wasn’t how his parents had planned since we were in a pandemic!
Fast forward a year, and here we are having his cake smash! Everything about this session was perfect. He was happy, he loved the cake, and we made some great memories/pictures. I am so glad that we were able to celebrate!!

Traditional 1st Birthday Mickey Mouse Cake Smash Session


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Happy First Birthday, sweet boy! So glad that you came to visit me to celebrate and to have your cake smash session! Let me know if you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer.

Lumberjack 1st Birthday Cake Smash – Indianapolis Photographer

Timber! This little handsome fella is ONE! We celebrated by having a Lumberjack cake smash theme with a little bit of wild one thrown in for good measure. I loved the way this theme came together and let’s talk about the adorable cake! I love the texture on it and how it looks so much like a log. Gosh, I just love working with this particular cake shop! There is a pull back shot at the end of the post where you can get a little behind the scenes glimpse of the set up for the cake smash. We definitely had a great time!

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Happy First Birthday sweet one! My cake smash photo sessions are totally customizable and we work together to make your vision a reality. Let’s chat about the cake smash session you want to have for your little one if you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer.