Violet’s First Birthday and Cake Smash Photos
As a photographer and a mom, I’m so excited for these photos! Last month was my baby girl Violet’s First Birthday and cake smash photos. Well I guess technically she isn’t a baby anymore. Goodbye infant and hello toddler, woah! And her birthday party was lots of fun! We kept it pretty low key and had a cookout with friends and family. I definitely enjoyed myself but of course as a mom/photographer I couldn’t totally keep my camera down. Sure people were taking cell phone photos, but obviously that doesn’t compare to professional photos taken at your child’s first birthday.
So I didn’t go nuts but I had to get a few details including the decorate your own cupcake station for the older kids. I had to get my daughters first bite of cake. (Yet another kid of mine who wasn’t into it! But at least she didn’t cry like her brother did.) And she shared a few special moments with Grandpa before all her guests arrived.
Even with Violet’s party being low-key, there was still a decent amount of planning and preparation involved. So I made a 2nd identical cake (with help from my mother of course!) to do cake smash photos the following weekend. We didn’t want the pressure of people watching for her photos and that way she could wear her First Birthday pink onesie again for the occasion. Luckily the development I live in has a few open areas that are nice for photos. So we just took her cake, a spare cupcake, her Happy Birthday balloon and a blanket and did Violet’s cake smash photos right outside.
Should You Hire a Professional?
Yes! This goes to show everyone that it’s totally worth it to hire a professional photographer to capture your child’s first birthday party and smash cake photos. (Hopefully me!) Even if your child isn’t thrilled by the idea of digging into a cake, we can get some really nice photos together with a simple setup. Also, this milestone is a big deal. You should enjoy yourself during this time. And you will be so happy to look back and have photos of these moments in your child’s life. So if you’re in the Philadelphia area and looking for a photographer with lots of experience in family and children photography I would love to chat! For now, enjoy photos of my beautiful daughter in all her glory.