YAY! It's Finn's Birthday!
That's all it takes to make this sweet girl happy. A "YAY FINN!" and she's clapping her hands, bursting full of joy. Her happiness is absolutely contagious.
I've loved documenting Finn over the past six months. Her mom, Malori, happened to find me through word of mouth and it's been fun ever since. We first met to do Finn's six months/sitter photos and have continued to remain in communication ever since.
There are so many reasons I love baby portraits. But I especially love seeing your babies personalities evolve. From shy to reserved to goofy and silly, it's so pure.
((Here pictured to the left is Finn at 6 months - she's grown so much!))
Malorie's friend helped her design this gorgeous cake and it couldn't have been a better fit for the studio, with it's fresh eucalyptus and clean white canvas. After seeing the cake, the vision came together quickly. We needed the red brick wall, with some pretty whites wrapped over a stool, and lace. Our natural wood floors fit the setting perfectly, and made for a super easy cleanup instead of using rags. There's just something to be said about simplicity!
Don't get me wrong, there was a time I went all out of decorations. And I'm of course more than willing to help you set it all up! For someone who tends to maximize by habit, I've learned to appreciate more minimalism. And these days, I love to capture the authenticity of the moment and worry less about the rest. The look on your babies face as they taste the cake's sugary sweetness. The joy as they realize Mom doesn't care this time. And I especially love to capture little details, so when you go back through your album, you can see how tiny their hands and toes were once and live through the moments all over again.
We ended up splitting this First Birthday Cake Smash Session/Family Photoshoot into two parts and it worked out perfectly. On Monday morning, Malori and Finn met me at the Studio bright and early. The sun was peaking in perfectly and drenching the room with a beautiful, hazy glow. We got our set up all set up, place the cake right in front of Finn and waited to see what she might do. Without any other distractions, we were able to just let Finn do her thing. Her eyes glazed over, "This all for me??" and delicately she poked her finger into the cake. With a little encouragement from Mom, at last she realized this was her moment to be as messy as she could possibly be.
Note: When booking your baby's first birthday session, I would recommend setting a date about 1 month in advance. It's important when we set a date that we allow ourselves some wriggle room in the case someone gets sick or we need to reschedule the date. You can expect to have sneak peeks delivered within 24-48 hours, however your final album will be delivered within two weeks. If you are planning a first birthday party and would like to have some prints set up, you'll want a 3-5 business days to plan for your images to be delivered. You can select to have your prints done on my website!
Setting the Hiatt's family session with Finn a few days later was much better. That way we could accommodate Dad, pup and have an outfit change/clean up in between! Plus it just made her cake smash session all about her!
Despite pushing our date back, we still ended up having some pretty crazy winds but regardless this crew showed up and we were able to capture some gorgeous shots of their little family.