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Cake Smash & First Birthday Photography

Cake Smash & First Birthday Photography

Daisy Cake Smash Session in Peach, Mint, Blush and Yellow – Indianapolis Cake Smash Photographer

This is a completely new theme for me and I’m obsessed! This little birthday girl’s Mama wanted a boho daisy themed cake smash session. Making balloon daises was a new challenge, but I figured it out and I’m excited with the results. If you want to see me in action check out the video at the end of the post. The video takes about 3 hours of work and puts it into a one minute time span. I love customizing these sets for little ones but it does take a lot of time! I always enjoy listening to a good audio book while building these custom sets. So if you have any audio book recommendations don’t hesitate to send them my way!

This adorable little birthday girl had me laughing during the whole session with her adorable little expressions. My favorite was when she would stick out her little tongue. I also love how her top two teeth are just barely sticking though her gums. What a cutie.

 

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If you have a little one that is about to turn one be sure to reach out and let me know. I would love to be your Indianapolis cake smash photographer! It’s important to know that I require at least 3 weeks advance booking for cake smash sessions (often longer when my calendar is full). The 3 weeks gives me the time I need to completely customize (ie order everything I need) the set-up for your little one’s birthday theme. The bakery I use (yep – I provide the cake from a local bakery) also requires 3 weeks advance ordering for custom cakes. It breaks my heart to turn away clients who want to book a cake smash session in the next week or two however, with these custom sessions that just isn’t possible. I recommend booking your cake smash session 2-4 months before your child’s 1st birthday.

Winter ONEderland 1st Birthday Cake Smash

As a photographer, winter is a slower time of year for me. I’m still shooting in the studio – lots of newborns, cake smash sessions and milestone sessions. But I’m not shooting much outdoors (except for the occasional maternity session).  This gives me some time to get to things I put on the back burner as a business owner – updating the website, taxes (ugh!), updating social media, being better about blogging, deep cleaning the studio, organizing props and more.

While all these things are necessary as a business owner my heart is really in the shooting and working with clients. So I loved having this sweet birthday boy in the studio for his 1st birthday cake smash session. This guy had a winter ONEderland themed session with all things winter included – snowflakes, birch wood trees, silver glitter Christmas trees, matching winter diaper cover/bow tie and an adorable little cake.

Before I put the cake out this little guy made me work for that adorable little toothy smile. However, after the cake was out he was ear to ear grins. He loved making a birthday mess and eating away at his birthday cake.

This set-up was super cute. We used twinkle lights, silver and white trees, and snowflakes galore. I think it all came together nicely with his snowflake covered suspenders diaper cover combo.

If you ever wonder what these sessions look like from behind the scenes check out the last image below. There is a fun little pull back shot of the studio.

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Happy 1st birthday, little guy. Thanks for coming to visit me in my studio in Carmel, IN.

If you have a little one that is going to be celebrating a birthday soon be sure to reach out and get an Indianapolis cake smash photography smash session on the calendar! I do require 3 weeks notice to book a cake smash session so be sure to plan ahead! I would love to be your Carmel Indiana photographer! The studio is located on the west side of Carmel and can be easily accessed from any part of Indianapolis.

 

Pastel Unicorn Cake Smash Session – Indianapolis Photography Studio

I’ve gotten to see this sweet girl a lot lately and I’m not complaining one bit about that! Her Mama was expecting baby two right around the time of this cake smash session. So the week before the cake smash I saw her for the maternity session. Then she had her cake smash. A week or so later they were back in the studio for the newborn session! So I got to see a lot of her sweet smiles, rosy cheeks, and long eyelashes.

This sweet girl had a unicorn themed cake smash session. We did pastel colors and gold with the unicorn and I’m going to have to say I’m obsessed! Legions say that unicorns are difficult to catch, but this sweet birthday girl had no problems with her adorable unicorn cake.

I know everyone always loves the behind the scenes videos so I’ve put together some unicorn magic at the end of the post that shows how everything came together. Both my baby belly and this sweet girl’s mom’s baby bellow both make a cameo. The video shows everything from set up, to the actual cake smashing (this little lady is mobile so there is lots of running around) to the tear down. It’s a fun little behind the scenes video!

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Such a fun birthday set up and birthday girl! Thanks for letting me capture this magical time in your life and I’m excited to see you grow over the next year as I watch you new brother grow too!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer for a cake smash session, family session, newborn session, or something else please reach out! I would love to see if I might be a good fit for you and your family.

I Love You Deerly 1st Birthday Party Theme – Cake Smash Photography

This sweet birthday boy had an “I Love You Deerly” 1st birthday party theme for his cake smash session. This theme is a fun one for so many reasons. It’s a little boho, a little rustic, a little sweet and 100% adorable. It’s the perfect mix of all things that a 1st birthday party theme should have!

This little guy wasn’t a huge fan of the cake. That isn’t uncommon for cake smash sessions! But before you arrive at your session I’ll send you a list of things you can do to prep for the session to help it go as smoothly as possible. One of the tips is to bring a snack that your child loves. I recommend bite size snacks like puffs, teething crackers, Goldfish, etc. If the child isn’t loving the cake we will typically hide the favorite snacks in the back of the cake. Sometimes the snacks make it into the pictures but that just adds to the story! Just think about telling your 10 year old how he wouldn’t eat his birthday cake when he was one. Whatever happens at the cake smash session we will capture it, we will get great images, and we will make memories together!

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This I love you deerly 1st birthday cake smash was an adorable success. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

If you have a little one who is going to be turning one and you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer to capture this moment be sure to reach out! I would love to get your little one’s cake smash photography session on my calendar. It’s important to note that all cake smash sessions require 3 weeks notice at a minimum. Many months book out even further then that. This this notice gives me time to build something custom and magical for your birthday child!

Boho Boy 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session in Indianapolis

I’ve adored watching this happy little guy grow over the last year! For his 1st birthday session we did a boho themed cake smash with blue accents. I do lots of little girl boho sessions, but it was fun mixing it up and making it a little more boy-ish for this birthday boy. He loved it (or at least the cake)! He was all smiles, until the cake fell and then he was over it.

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Happy 1st birthday, little guy! Thanks for coming to visit me in the studio over the last year. It’s been a joy watching you grow.

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 happen to be in! This is especally true if you are looking for an Indianapolis cake smash photographer. I do lots of custom cake smash sessions every year and I would love to add your child’s 1st birthday to my calendar.

Alice in Wonderland Cake Smash Session – Indianapolis Photographer

Where are all the Alice in Wonderland fan?! This first birthday cake smash session was TOO CUTE! And it was the PERFECT theme for this sweet little birthday baby. The theme is Alice in Wonderland and this special girl is named Alice! Alice was such a happy girl for her session and she really enjoyed her cake. I love how the backdrop and the cake turned out- it was just wonderful! Alice’s mom wanted less Cheshire cat and more garden for her daughter’s Alice in Wonderland themed session. I think that’s exactly what she got. This was a perfect way to celebrate her big day!

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Happy First Birthday, Sweet Alice!

Let’s celebrate your little ones first birthday as well. Shoot me a message and let’s start planning together! I would love to be your Indianapolis photographer.

Little Red Pickup Truck Cake 1st Birthday Smash Session

It’s always a joy to have a Dant baby in the studio! This handsome little blue eyed baby was as happy as could be to have all the attention on his first birthday. The theme for his cake smash session was little red truck with lots of evergreens to go along. This was a new theme, and I’m obsessed. I just loved everything about this session- the theme, the coordinating outfits, the wonderful smiles- all of it!

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I would love to photograph your little one on their first birthday or your family at whatever stage of life you are in! If you are interested in learning more about me as an Indianapolis photographer please let me know! I would love to meet you.

Surfing Cake Smash Session

This sweet birthday boy had all his surfing dreams come true. He was a happy little camper for his 1st birthday cake smash session in the studio. The theme was surfing and we went all out with blue and teal balloons, surf board, water creatures, and lights. And I’m just obsessed with his perfect hair do as well!

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If you have a little one that is going to be turning one soon don’t hesitate to reach out I would love to schedule a 1st birthday cake smash session for your birthday baby. Let me know if you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer.

Blue Ombre 1st Birthday Cake Smash

We had blue, blue and more blue for this sweet cake smash! It was a fun one with a happy little blue eyed birthday boy. I’ve enjoyed watching this sweet boy grow over the last year and I’m a little sad his first year is over! It has been an exciting year watching him and grow and I just can’t believe that we already celebrated his first birthday! Time really does fly!

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Happy first birthday sweet little man! Hope you enjoyed your cake smash!

Let’s celebrate your little one’s first birthday as well. Each session is completely customizable for your child! Reach out today and we can start coming up with something One-derful!

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!

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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.