Yes! You made it. The first year. Now, it's time to celebrate with the best party ever. We've created the perfect package to capture this time.
It starts with your favorite outfit (or ours-we have a few dresses, linen overalls, and jeans shorts with suspenders for boys cake smash) to capture this milestone. Then we move into the Cake Smash in a different outfit. We can have fun planning this one!
We finish our time with a splash in the tub with little duckies, soap and lots of giggles!
The Classic Portrait: Our one-year session is generally scheduled for one month prior to their birthday. This gives time for us to complete your gallery so you can have images for their birthday. This session begins with one outfit for classic portraits. The first outfit pictures are done on our off-white bed and the natural light area. Both of these are timeless and allow for a variety of outfit options. For the first outfit, if you are choosing a dress (we have some available in our studio for you to use too), please bring along a diaper cover that matches. We suggest bare little toes and no shoes. We also have a few boy outfits that you can use too. See our outfits on our Instagram story highlights. We suggest if you are bringing your own outfit to keep it simple and timeless by purchasing from H&M or mebiebaby (online). We always encourage you to keep it simple. Then we transition into a different outfit for the cake smash and finish up with a tubby splash. If it is June-October, we can do the first outfit outdoors in our meadow. We ask that you provide snapshots of your outfit and the cake smash outfit that you will bring. This helps us plan the session. Please wash, iron, and try on all clothing PRIOR to your session.
Who Can Come Along? Please definitely bring along your spouse/grandparent/friend to give you a hand. In order for me to fully focus on quickly capturing those smiles and an active one, we will need extra hands (one to help them smile close to the camera and one for safety while on chairs/stools/running away from me). Also, it's great to have extra hands for the Smash and Splash portion. However, we ask at this time you do not bring small siblings along or the entire family. It can be overwhelming and distracting to have to care for/guide another sibling while focusing on the 'Star of the Show.' Let this be a special time that you are fully focused on the Birthday Baby! If you have older siblings that can be an asset and helping hand, please connect with me to see if that would work to bring them.
Smash and Splash Details: You will provide your child's cake and extra clothes for after. We have towels and clean up supplies. We suggest using a local baker (Our Favorites: Cake and Cup and Flour Child) and ask for a 4 or 6 inch round non-fondant cake that allows ease of eating for your child. We suggest purchasing either an onesie or a simple outfit (one-piece or onesie). No shirt is also adorable if that's your style. If you choose no shirt, please always bring along a fun diaper cover. We do have jean shorts with suspenders that you can use (boy) or some one piece outfits (girls). Ask us for samples or check out our Instagram client closet highlights. We will talk through what backdrop/setup you would like to use. We have some that have are 3D (they have balloons/props that look like they are actually right behind them). We usually have you bring along some extra balloons for the floor. Most of our clients purchase our Balloon Arch (see picture above). Once you know the outfit color/cake colors, we will send you options of balloon arch colors. Once approved by you, we will set that up for the day of the session. Once they are done with the smash, you will start to undress them near the messy area and I will bring in a vintage bubbly tub with ducks so they can have some splash time (plus this helps them get cleaned up). Please plan to get messy! Once they've splashed a bit, we are finished and you can get them dressed and I will clean up!
After the Session: We will sort through and prepare a proofing gallery. We will send you some sneak peeks on social/email and your proofing gallery within 1 week. You will choose your favorites and then we will edit those for your final gallery. You can choose more digitals from the proofing gallery. In your final gallery, you get your chosen edited digital images and all the candid images of the Smash and Splash (we do a very light edit but leave them natural therefore choose to provide you with all the candids!). Your final gallery will be done between 2-3 weeks after your choose your favorites. You can order prints from your gallery which will be shipped directly to you. You also get a print release for your digitals if needed.