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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Houston Cake Smash Session - Maddie

Maddie’s First Birthday Photoshoot!

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Another super cute theme with an even cuter little girl! 

This was a theme I absolutely could NOT wait to do! It’s everything my brand is, pink, glittery, fun, and so over the top! This theme needed SO much preparation that I made a speed video of the process. Check it out if you want a good laugh - I recruited my poor boyfriend to help me and I don’t think the guy has ever been more miserable  

So now that I had everything set up it was time for the session! Little Maddie came with her very own dress to wear. I have a collection of dresses but you’re totally welcome to wear something if your own too, this mom thought it would be cool if the photos displayed at the party had Maddie in the same outfit as her party outfit. What a fun idea! No one could tell they were taken weeks before and not the day of! 

We took a few before the cake (don’t worry her mom was only a step away to keep her from falling) and Maddie gave me the cutest smiles and even a little wave! Ah my heart can’t handle the cuteness. 

Then we brought out the cake made by an awesome baker I work with. I provide all the cakes for my sessions so you don’t have to worry about anything! I decided to go with something girly and cute but not too busy since there was already a lot going on with the balloons. 

Lastly was bath time! I have a warm bubbly bath waiting for each kiddo after their cake smash. It helps clean them up and gets ADORABLE smiles from them! Maddie loved loved loveeed her bath! She was smiling, laughing, playing, and having the time of her life! 


I had such a blast with Maddie’s session and just LOVE how the photos turned out, and am sure this will be a VERY popular theme at my studio!

PS. I’ve actually done this theme again since Maddie’s session but this time it was for my sister’s 16 birthday! Check them out!










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If you’re interested in booking your own cake smash session just send me an email at mkstallingsphotography@gmail.com and I’ll send you all the information! ! I’d love to create some beautiful whimsical photos for you and to help make your little one’s first birthday extra special!

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Houston One Year Session - Jeneen

Jeneen’s First Birthday Session!

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A baby’s first birthday is so special, it was a year of excitement and firsts, milestones and emotions. The best way to capture this exciting time is by hiring a professional photographer and celebrate with a cake smash session! I provide all the outfits, backdrops, props, and am even working towards providing the cake too! So all you have to do is show up and watch your child smile and laugh as they destroy their very first birthday cake! These photos always turn out so adorable and will be photos you cherish for years to come.

Jeneen’s parents were so excited for this session, her mom loved my outfits and couldn’t choose just one so we did FOUR outfits! While this isn’t something I always suggest as some babies may not like outfit changes, it sure was fun and gave her parents some extra variety in the images!

First we started with my candy land set! This set started as a theme for my christmas sessions but has become a year round request, one I’m more than happy to do! It is just so girly and sweet!

Next up was our pre-cake photos! I always try and get some cute photos of the baby with the set before the cake comes in. Once they see the cake it’s all they want! We chose my “Unicorn Party” theme for her photos. Its pink, girly, has confetti, balloons, and most importantly unicorns! What more could you want for a celebration?

Last, but certainly not least was the photos with the cake! Since we were doing so many outfit changes and two sets the parents decided to make things a little easier with a fake cake. I have two fake cakes at my studios for those times where you want cake smash photos….without actually smashing a cake. I simply put a little bit of icing behind the fake cakes and there you have it! Some fun messy photos without having to bring a real cake! Jeneen was SO good at looking up while eating her cake! Sometime even the happiest babies get REALLY serious when the cake comes out! They never get to eat cake & icing at home so they make the most out of the opportunity and eat as much as they can without even wasting a second to look up! While those photos are very cute and perfectly capture the moment, I love when we can see their cute faces too!

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This session was so much fun and I can’t wait to do more session with Jeneen as she grows up! If you’re interested in a first birthday/cake smash session in the Houston/Katy area contact me! You can email mkstallingsphotography@gmail.com call 713-858-8693 or click on the “Contact” tab at the top of my page!

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Houston First Birthday Session - Wyatt

 

Oh how I love first birthday sessions! The babies are so cute and are in this adorable age where they are so curious to try everything and are old enough to have a little bit of independence and can walk around and pick things up for themselves! Which is just great for these sessions, they're more than happy to dig into the cake and don't need any help sitting up or holding things, we just need to keep them on the backdrop. 

Wyatt was exactly that, she's so full of energy and would of ran around the whole studio 10 times if we would have let her. In the video at the end of this post you'll even see her run right up to the camera, SO CUTE. 

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Before the cake smash, I always like to start the session with some classic portraits of the kids. This helps the kids get used to the studio and the flash, and gives the parents some more variety in the photos. ALSO these photos are really easy to replicate in future sessions, if you want a similar photo of your child every year to compare how much older they look. 

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Since it's basically impossible to pose 1 year olds we get really sweet funny photos that perfectly show their personality! 

Then it was time for the main event! We decided on a 'Donut Grow up" Theme for Wyatt's cake smash photos. So not only did she have a cake to make a mess with, but donuts too! I even had a dress for her that matched the set up perfectly! 

Thank you Happy Cakes for the super cute donut themed cake! 

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We were able to admire the cake for about half a second before Wyatt took the donuts off and we had to remove the sticks for safety reasons. 

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I was worried the cake wouldn't keep her attention and her mom was worried how she would react later to eating so much sugar. It could not have worked out better for both of us. Wyatt was all about smashing into the cake but wasn't really a fan of the taste so she barely ate any! Awesomeee. 

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Little ones sometime don't like the sticky feeling of icing on their fingers, so a spoon is super helpful! 

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I'm obssesed with little detail shots like this! So cute! 

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Check out the video below for all the behind the scenes cuteness! 

 

Happy Birthday sweet Wyatt! 

 

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