First Birthday Cake Smash | Kitchener Cake Smash Photographer
Some sessions are a bit more memorable than others. That’s not to say I don’t remember ever single client I’ve had – because I do!! Believe it or not, I really really do. I may not remember dad’s first name, but I remember the faces of my clients and the moments that we spent together. This sweet girl is so adorable I don’t think I could forget her amazing smiles or her sweet but somewhat sassy personality. I couldn’t forget her lovely parents who were so amazing throughout the whole thing. This birthday cake smash session ended up being amazing…but it didn’t necessarily start that way. Oh no….it started a little differently.
I will also remember this amazingly fun first birthday cake smash session because my studio flooded (LIKE WATER WATER EVERYWHERE….FLOODED) about five minutes before we were set to begin our session. It FLOODED. I had set up the majority of what I would need for the session and had everything ready to go. The rain was pouring down and my husband and I were standing upstairs chatting away and watching the water spew out of our neighbour’s downspout. We were giggling and joking our car was going to float away in the lake that had become our road. Then, I decided to go down to the studio (which is in the basement of our home) and then I saw it: The giant puddle of water at the bottom of the stairs. We have had water there before in big rain storms but we hadn’t in so long that it didn’t even cross our mind. I screamed (insert frantic panic here as my equipment and everything is down there) to my husband to come heeellllp. He ran down to check it out and I ran up to get towels. I grabbed two thinking it was small and he yelled back up it was throughout the ENTIRE basement. Thankfully my computer was saved and we caught my light just in time and my camera gear was on top of a shelf. It covered all 20 feet across and was being soaked up into the walls. My heart sank. I lost a couple of backdrops and floor drops, but overall I was so lucky. We have some construction to finish on the walls, but realistically it could have been so.much.worse.
Cue family coming to the door in this insane storm about five minutes later. My husband was still downstairs sopping up water. We ended up needing far more than two towels and went through every single towel in the house (I had just said I finished the laundry, too….I should have known better…). I greeted them outside with an umbrella and we walked into the house where I looked at them and broke the bad news that my studio was under water. They had traveled almost an hour, there was a cake begging to be eaten and the rain wasn’t letting up. We decided to continue with the session by having me move what I could upstairs to my kitchen. It was completely unplanned and not at all where I would normally hold a session, but it did the trick! It took some time and patience but my wonderful clients stuck through it all and we managed to have a really fun and super cute first birthday cake smash session. Although the story behind the images is quite long, the photos speak for themselves….this session was so cute. By the end, we were all happy and I am so thankful they were that understanding about everything. There’s nothing better than a session that ends in a round of hugs for all!
Here are some of my favourites from Baby A’s first birthday cake smash session:
Baby A’s mom told me she loved this outfit and set up. Thankfully I had an extra dark wood floor (my regular one got destroyed by the flood) and we could still make her vision a reality. My husband makes these beds (!!!) and I knit the outfits with my shop Noa’s Knits. The uber talent Myrtle & Moss Props made the headband. This whole outfit and set up is just adorable and Baby A looked super sweet in it.
I was editing these on a Monday and just thought, well…if this adorableness can’t cheer up a Monday then nothing can <3
ACK! That face though….so sweet….she looks like a little doll.
Getting this bonnet on and keeping it on for longer than 10 seconds was tough. It’s a serious art getting hats on older babies. The struggle is real.
Okay. I love everything about this. It makes my heart happy. I love customizing sets to suit the parent’s style. Mama wanted something more classic and subtle instead of the more bright and colourful birthday set up.
Outfit & headband by Pup & Frank
Curly rug layers by Buttercup Baby
This face of sheer joy was over bubbles. Who doesn’t love bubbles?!?
This gorgeous cake wasn’t the highlight of her day….she preferred the bubbles more than anything but dad was happy to help her out with the cake <3
She was over the cake, so cue dad blowing more bubbles…honestly, these are from Walmart. The best.bubbles.ever.EVER.
Hehe I love toes in cake icing. Simple yet it says it all.
Once again, we made the most out of a crazy and freakish situation and I’m so glad we did! This session turned out beautifully. Happiest of Happy Birthdays to Miss A.
If you are interested in booking a first birthday cake smash session it is best to do so as far in advance as possible in order to customize your cake, outfit and backdrop preferences (we do accommodate last minute bookings as we have TONS of designs and outfits here already. We design the entire session together from start to finish! Mini and full cake smash sessions are available in our newly refurbished home-studio any time of year.
For more information, please send me a message by clicking on the “contact” link above or by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-717-7002. We specialize in child and family photography, as well as maternity, newborns and head shots.