Houston First Birthday Session - Owen

Owen’s First Birthday Session

What do blue balloons, sour lemons, and a delicious cake have in common? They were all important aspects of an epic cake smash session I had the pleasure of shooting earlier this year! Owen currently had his very first birthday and his parents were excited to commemorate such a big milestone with some fun photos and new memories.


The session took place at Terry Hershey Park on the west side of Houston, Texas. It is a very popular park in West Houston and is a favorite spot of mine to shoot. I love how spacious and open it is—a beautiful and bright background that always sets the stage for each new session. My assistant and I met with Owen and his parents in the mid-morning, right when the light was perfect.  Owen was wide awake and happy, his smiling mood infectious as we got ready to capture some amazing photographs.

Before the photo shoot, Owen’s mom and I did some brainstorming to come up with ideas for a theme and props. I love helping clients come up with creative ways to give their photo shoot personality and a whimsical touch, and I really feel like we nailed it with Owen’s session. With summer and sunshine in the air, we decided to use bright yellow lemons and punchy blue balloons as props, as well as a charming little metal bucket for a tub. Owen’s mom picked out the most darling outfit—how could you resist those little suspenders?

Owen was enamored with the blue balloons from the instant he laid eyes on them, and he was all smiles as he played with them in front of the camera. And of course, what’s a cake smash without a cake? Owen loved his little cake and couldn’t wait to dig in. He had absolutely no problem destroying it, which made for some candid shots. Before long, Owen was elbow deep in frosting. We made a huge mess, which was part of the fun, but we left no cake crumb behind! I brought a sheet from home and had Owen sit on that for the cake smash, making for a stress free and easy cleanup session.

After the balloons and cake, it was time for the tub! I was a little nervous about how Owen would feel about the outdoor tub and the sour lemons. But I had nothing to worry about! Owen was so happy inside of the tub, splashing and smiling and playing with the lemons! I couldn’t believe how much he loved the lemons. He even chomped down on a few slices! For safety’s sake, we had lined the bottom of the tub with towels so that Owen wouldn’t slip while standing.


Owen was such a happy little guy—and such a joy to photograph! Sometimes it can take a lot of patience to get a one-year-old to smile, but not Owen. His parents joked that Owen would have never smiled so good for them, but for my assistant and I, he was quite the flirt! He couldn’t keep his eyes off me, and the feeling was mutual. Just look at his cheeky grins and lovable little personality!

Children grow up way too fast, and professional photographs are a wonderful way to commemorate the joys of childhood. Birthdays also come and go, but there is something so special about getting first birthday photos done. If you are looking for a Houston children photographer, I would love to hear from you. So, here’s to cake smashes and epic photos—what isn’t to love?

I’m currently offering a really awesome special on first birthday sessions, but this deal is only available until the end of the year! Click here to find out more information.