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 Unicorn Photoshoot - Juliette

Juliette’s Magical Unicorn Photoshoot

“10 stars all the way! My daughter was able to try on so many princess dresses that looked amazing on her prior to her shoot. She was soooooo happy during the shoot, and laughed the entire time. It was the best experience of my life and I am sure hers too. This photographer has everything you need for the most magical photos. Thank you for all you do!”

- Juliette’s Mom

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I just finished up my spring Unicorn sessions and am already planning out my fall sessions! There’s not much time for a vacation when you have a magical unicorn and adorable girls that want to want to be photographed with it! I was looking through all the sessions I did this spring and wanted to share Juliette’s session with you, we both had so much fun at her session and I think that definitely comes through the photos!

First off, I met Juliette’s mom through her nearby lovely business The Art Cellar of Houston, she offers painting classes, painting parties for kids and adults, team building. She even puts on these amazing art markets several times a year that I’m always honored to be a part of. If you’re in the energy corridor area check her out, and if you follow me on Facebook you’ll probably see me share the art markets, I’d love if you stopped by and said hi!

Now back to the session! Juliette’s mom was a little worried how Juliette would act at the session, if she would be shy and scared of Star fire or if she would be comfortable in the dresses. To help out with this she came by my studio the day before so we could have a little dress up party and decide which dresses looked the best and were the most comfy. We chose 2 and a back up dress and matching accessories. I also told her all about Starfire and showed her a couple videos of him so she would know what to expect.

When it was time for the session we were all happy and excited knowing that we had beautiful dresses for her and she knew what to expect from the magical Starfire the unicorn. We met up at the field in West Houston and got her changed and ready.

She loved meeting Starfire and got to pet him, and twirled around to show off her dress, she wore a unicorn headband to finish the look of course.

Then it was time for an outfit change! Juliette changed into this long blue dress I have - it’s one of my favorite’s it’s so princessey with it’s super long train! I brought a ladder for her to stand on to help show off the dress, we even did some photos without a unicorn while we were at it!

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My client after Juliette had to reschedule so we had some extra time for her third dress! We normally only have time for two outfits but in rare occasions like this I’m happy we have a back up dress to make the most out of our session! We had her sit on the ground since the dress is so comfy and poofy and my assistant and I made crazy joked to keep her laughing!

A few weeks later we met back up to show her parent’s the photos, they loved them and got two canvases so Juliette can view these photos everyday and remember her magical experience!

If you’re interested in booking your very own unicorn session send me an email at mkstallingsphotography@gmail.com I’m opening up booking soon for my fall sessions!

You can view more of my unicorn photos here.

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