Houston First Birthday Session

Sophia’s Cake Smash Session


This session was SO fun, we did 3 different setups with 3 different outfits in two different locations so not only did the parents get really cute photos of their little one, but they also got a lot of variety in the photos!

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First up, we did a quick setup at a park in West Houston near my studio. I brought a hot balloon like set for Sophia to sit in and a gorgeous purple dress. I actually provided all the outfits for the session, so don’t worry if you don’t have any fun clothes for your soon to be one year old, I have you covered!



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Next up we went to my studio and did some baseball photos, Sophia’s dad played baseball in college and was so excited to get these adorable photos of his daughter and the sport he loves. I especially love the “Rookie of the Year” sign in the backdrop. That’s just so cute!

Then we switched to a white backdrop and I added in a balloon garland I made especially for their session, I had never actually made these before they booked but after a lot of practice I’m actually really happy with the result! Now my balloon garland ability has opened up a world of possibilities! (Let me know if you’d like a session with a balloon garland matching your nursery colors, party colors, or anything you’d like!). We had the balloons match Sophia’s bedroom so her mom can hang up photos in there and they’ll match the room’s decor perfectly. I added a few dinosaur props since they’re having a dinosaur themed birthday party.


Then it was time for the cake! This session was a good reminder that all babies are different, some absolutely devour the cake and make a huge mess while other prefer to nibble on it and keep themselves nice and tidy. Sophia definitely fit in the second category which is totally fine with me - less clean up! But also I want the photos to show the personality of each child I photograph and her parents agreed that it would be very unlike her to “smash” the cake and get messy so mission accomplished, this cutie had fun while keeping her self as clean as possible!

Lastly, it was time for the bath! I offer these at the end of my sessions to help clean the kiddos up and because it very often is when we get the happiest smiles! We weren’t sure how Sophia would react to it as her mom mentioned sometimes she isn’t a fan of the bath but she surprised us by happily splashing and clapping in the little tub!

I had so much fun photographing adorable little Sophia and look forward to seeing her family again for some Christmas photos in a few months!

If you’d like to plan your own first birthday session/cake smash session please send me a email at mkstallingsphotography.com you can also view more photos/info here, I’d love to create some adorable photos for you!

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