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Boho Sunshine Cake Smash Session- KristeenMarie Photography

This adorable little man is one and we got to celebrate! We did a boho take on the “you are my sunshine” theme. There was also a small rainbow added in as an ode to this guy being a rainbow baby. The birthday boy is the third baby in the family that I have photographed and he was just a happy go lucky, cake loving little red head!
Did you know that there is an interesting story behind the song “You are My Sunshine?” The song has had numerous artists since its first recording in 1939. However, despite its happy melody and upbeat lyrics, the song has a rather melancholic origin.

The song was originally written by Oliver Hood, a country music performer from Louisiana, in the 1930s. But it was his friend and fellow performer, Jimmie Davis, who would make it a hit. Davis purchased the rights to the song from Hood’s family for $35 and recorded it in 1940, turning it into a national sensation.

What many people don’t know is that the song was actually written as a love song. However, the original lyrics were much darker and more somber than the ones we know today. In fact, the original chorus was:

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine You make me happy when skies are gray You’ll never know dear, how much I love you Please don’t take my sunshine away.”

But the verses that followed spoke of heartbreak and loss, and included lines such as:

“The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping I dreamed I held you in my arms But when I woke, dear, I was mistaken So I hung my head and cried.”

Davis changed the lyrics to the more optimistic ones we know today, and the song has since become a beloved classic that has been covered by artists ranging from Bing Crosby to Johnny Cash to Aretha Franklin.

Child Portraits1st birthday smash cake - gold and yellow sunshine cake smash You are my sunshine boho cake smash You are my sunshine boho cake smash - boy sunshine cake smash session frosting on child's toes

Now that you are up-to-date on all things kid songs, it’s time to think about your little one’s 1st birthday. How will you celebrate?! Let’s get a cake smash session scheduled for your little one’s birthday too. I would love to be your Indianapolis photographer to photograph all your family’s milestones.

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