I remember this sweet little girls newborn session clear as day. She slept the entire session and was so calm and easy going. Not to mention absolutely stunningly beautiful.
Fast forward one year and she is all full of spunk and sass, but still just as stunningly beautiful (Like her mom). Her maternity session with me was on the beach and she wanted to incorporate that into the one year session which was the perfect setting for her. I love when I’m able to carry themes and ideas through multiple sessions which adds a cohesive look that helps blend each session together.
Now one thing I will say is babies on a beach can sometimes spell disaster. It’s why often I try to steer clients away or take measures to keep as much sand at the beach, and off the baby. Especially when cake is involved. For beach cake smashes I tend to only do them if we utilize a highchair. The reason for this is a) it keeps the sand where the baby can’t reach it, and b) it keeps the baby contained, minimizing the potential sand eating.
We started the session in the highchair… However miss C decided after a handful of photos that she was DONE being in the highchair and demanded down. Her mom and I looked at each other with an “oh no” face but there was no way she was willing to go back into that highchair. So we spread out the biggest blanket we had, calmed her down, and prayed that she would stay still. Luckily we were able to get a few more photos of her happy, but she wanted nothing to do with that cake (Which happens) but loved the starfish making some cute photos. Her big brother ended up getting cake (much to his delight), and Miss C got to end the session with a bath on the beach which she LOVED and it made some pretty adorable photos.
One common theme with cake smashes is that they never go how you expect. Each cake smash is different and has different memories. I think that is pretty cool and unique and makes it a really fun session to do because really you have no idea what it’s going to be like each time you go in. All you know is that regardless of how a session goes, the parents will LOVE the images because wether there are smiles or tears, a huge mess, or an untouched cake… Those images will forever remind them of that special milestone session of them turning one.
Here is a peek into her gorgeous sunset session:
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