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 First Birthday Photoshoot

Charlotte’s Mermaid themed First Birthday Photoshoot

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I’ve had this beautiful mermaid themed backdrop for a while now and when this adorable little girl’s mom contacted me I knew it would be the perfect theme for her session! It’s so girly, whimsical, and fun!

This was also my very first time working with a professional baker to provide a cake for my clients and I’m excited to announce from now on a custom cake is included in any cake smash session booked with me! I was so excited with how well The Houston Pastry did with this cake and I’m excited to see what other fun cakes they’ll create for me!

First up we had Charlotte get into this adorable mermaid romper I have as part of my studio wardrobe. (You can view my complete collection here.) It’s actually a swimsuit which makes it way easier cleaning the icing off later. We put her in a little boat prop I had and gave her a fake pearl necklace to hold. Then we let her hang out with the little fake bubbles on the floor. They’re actually halves of plastic ornaments and Charlotte was FASCINATED with them.

Next, we brought out the cake! Luckily Charlotte had tasted cake before and was excited to try some more! I always encourage parents to give their babies just a bit of cake a week or so before their session so they’ll know if they like it or if they have any allergies. We can totally still have the session if they don’t like cake, we would just stick little snacks in the back of the cake and fake our way through it. Or if they have allergies we can always use a fake cake.

Even though Charlotte has tasted cake before she was much more interested in covering her leg with it! It was so cute watching her make such a mess and seeing how pleased she was with herself.

Lastly, it was bath time! I end each cake smash session with a little bath. This helps cleans off the babies as well as get some of the best smiles of the whole session! Little ones LOVE splashing around in the bath and watching their parents blow bubbles! Charlotte was no exception and even though her bath got VERY blue very fast she still loved her bath time.

I loved creating these photos for Charlotte’s family and hope to photograph her again!

If you’re interested in booking your very own first birthday photoshoot/cake smash session feel free to contact me at mkstallingsphotography.com and you can view more first birthday sessions I’ve done - here

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