first birthday cake smash: newtown ct | gabriella is one

I was so excited to see Gabriella at my studio again! I have been photographing her since she was in her mama’s belly. This time I saw her for her first birthday cake smash session. First birthdays have two parts. The first part is some first birthday portraits. The second part is the fun and messy cake smash!

First Birthday Cake Smash: Gabriella is ONE!

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Pink & Gold

I am in love with the colors and outfits that mom picked out. It was an amazing combo for Gabriella’s first birthday cake smash!

It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to

So, not every cake smash session is full of fun and laughter. Honestly, a lot of them have quite a few tears. There are typically 3 ways a cake smash session goes.

  1. Birthday girl will eat the cake, but not make a mess.
  2. The little one will make a mess, but not eat the cake
  3. One year old will not want anything to do with the cake

Seems like option 3 is where most kids end up! However, that being said, it always works out for some great images!

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The Cake!

Another fabulous custom cake from Who Wants Cake, LLC, located in Brookfield, CT.

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Time for Fun!

Don’t worry. It wasn’t all tears for Gabriella! She loved playing with all the directions. The pom poms and flowers were some of her favorites.

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Mom had been dreaming of one of my sample albums since it came in. I don’t blame her, because it is gorgeous! I loved being able to custom design this album for her. It included images from her Gabriella’s newborn session, holiday session, and lastly the first birthday cake smash session.  I hope to have some product pages up soon, but had to share this one here! It’s my favorite album as it comes in a display box. No need to hide your album on a shelf!

The pages lay flat and the box and binding come in some many color choices.

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southbury newborn girl | gabriella 10 days

The cutest Southbury newborn girl came to my studio! Gabriella was 10 days new when she came in for her newborn portraits. You might remember her mom and big sister because they had come in for maternity portraits a couple months prior. Gabriella had gorgeous dark hair and cheeks you just want to squeeze!

Southbury Newborn Girl: Gabriella 10 days

I love the newness and simplicity of this image below. Just a little new being looking so peaceful. While I love color and accessories, there is just something that really draws me in with this image. So simple and so beautiful.

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THIS is Gabriella’s color! I love all shades of blue on little girl. This particular shade was made for her. The contrast of the pink and teal makes me smile. Plus the adorable baby 🙂
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Family Photos

Parents and their new baby <3. I love how you can really see the size and tininess of a new life when held in the arms of their mom and dad.

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Oh if you only knew what went into making this image happen! Sibling photos are unpredictable. Although it wasn’t easy, we were able to make this happen. So worth it!

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Special Props

This blanket was handmade as a gift for Gabriella. I loved being able to incorporate it into her newborn portraits.

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Look at those little toes! I think I need to order some new product samples so I can display this image in my studio. It is one of my favorites!

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baptism milestone | new haven ct baby photography | xavier

Oh sweet Xavier. He was such a cutie when he came in for his baptism milestone. He was almost 4 months and had the most gorgeous eyes.

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This baptism gown is one that I have seen before. It was worn by Xavier’s cousin, who happens to live down the street from me. How great that it gets to be used again!? The plan is to use it for all future cousins as well. Yay for more babies!! Both cousins names are embroidered on the gown and the idea is to go “up and up and up” as mentioned by Teagan’s mom :). However, she did say we’d have to wait. Therefore I’ll have to try to be patient.

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baptism portraits

I have been finding that baptism portraits have been becoming more popular lately. It’s really a great way to photograph your little one before the big day. Many parents use the images for thank you cards.

Since Xavier was such a good sport, we had time to change him and take a traditional portrait. As a result, we got this super handsome photo of him. Just look into those eyes of his and it seems like you’ll be lost forever.

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365 | a personal project | january

This year I decided to take on a new photography project. Something that was for me, where I could learn and grow. I have seen many photography friends accomplish this project over the last several years. It’s a huge project, and one I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish. I’m now 2 months in, so have a little more confidence in it. The 365 project is taking one photo a day for 365 days. It might sound easy, but I can’t tell you how many days I almost forgot. And then there was that one day that I did forget. I’m letting it slide…. although it drives me crazy!

365 | A Personal Project: January

This project can be done with any camera, but as a photographer I have chosen to do it all with my DSLR. I am using available light only, working on capturing my family and our day to day activities. The month of January was taken all with the same lens, 35 f/1.4. One of my favorite lenses and the main lens I’ve been using for my 365 project. I hope you follow along as I’ll be posting a collage of each month. Welcome to my world!

365 project. January collage of a photo a day for 365 days.

Has anyone else started a 365 project? I’d love to hear how it’s going and follow along!