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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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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