Posts tagged first birthday
Maryland Cake Smash Photographer | Cake Smash Sessions and Why I Love Them

Every parent knows time with your little ones flies way too fast. One minute you’re rocking them to sleep, the next you’re up late making sure they get home in time for curfew. It’s bittersweet when they meet yet another milestone and your pride swells over with just a twinge of sadness that the moment is ever so fleeting. I love helping families document these precious milestones, knowing they’ll look back on them with fondness for years to come. 

Sweet Treats, Sweeter Smiles

One of my favorite milestone sessions is the first year cake smash. That first year creeps up on you so incredibly fast as you watch your sleeping bundle transform into a curious tot. Their little personalities begin to emerge and it’s a perfect time to document all that sweetness you wish you could just bottle up. Each session includes photos before the cake as well as a series of “smash” photos. I customize each session with a different theme and I love coming up with something truly unique for each baby. Being able to express creativity through the individual set designs is one of the reasons why I love these sessions. 

For a lot of my tiny clients, it’s their first encounter with cake, and watching them play and discover this new and delicious food is truly a treat. Some are hesitant and cautious, and others are game to dive right in. Whether they eat the cake or not, we still have fun with it. It’s one of those developing personality traits that makes each session so unique. If you’re currently enjoying baby snuggles with an infant, don’t blink. That first year is full of long days and sleepless nights but they don’t last forever. Before you know it you’ll be planning a first birthday, and the other years will follow suit just as quickly. I would love to help you document the special first birthday with a cake smash, come up with a theme, get creative, and design something truly unique for your family!

You may not be able to bottle up this time, but with portraits that freeze the moment, you have the next best thing. Cake smashes are so much fun, and you will forever treasure the memories made watching your little one celebrate. 

To book a session, contact the studio using the contact link above! 

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Hand-painted Photography Backdrop for Portrait Sessions at Danielle Sara Photography

Here are the final results of my very first hand-painted photography backdrop in action!

I do not consider myself someone who can paint or draw (stick figures are my go-to!). But painting is something I have been wanting to try as a different creative outlet.  With a little encouragement, tips, and inspiration from fellow photographer friends, I gave this a shot. I stepped outside of my comfort zone and took a risk knowing it could end up a complete disaster. I’m pretty happy with the results, even if it’s not perfect, definitely not straight, a lot of paint was wasted, and my 20 month old daughter was not a very cooperative model!  Maybe I’ll even paint another one 🙂

This backdrop will be available to use with all future sessions at the studio and will definitely be making an appearance again during Cherry Blossom season next Spring!

 

 

 

Fashion Cake Smash Photography Session
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I’m so excited to share this fashion cake smash photography session! This was my first time creating a hand-drawn custom backdrop. I love the way it turned out!  I don't consider myself an artist when it comes to drawing, so creating this from scratch was stepping outside of my comfort zone.  I would love to do more backgrounds like this for my clients to make them truly one of a kind.  The subtle fashion sketches in the background were the perfect complement to this beautiful girl in her stylish dress! The cake was delicious, her outfit was adorable, and the whole outcome of this fashion cake smash theme cohesively came together. Cake smash sessions can have themes or be simple. We collaborate with our clients to make them anything you want them to be!

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We always start with pre-cake portraits. These can be in your favorite outfit for baby or something extra special. For this session, Mom brought a few favorite books to capture her first birthday milestone portraits. This sweet girl was all smiles when we turned on the music. Her grin and dancing were so cute!!

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Milestones are so important to capture and look back on with your little ones in the future. We love canvasses, framed photos or albums for one year session keepsakes to show off this once in a lifetime occasion.

Cake provided by Sweet DC.  Dresses from Little Trendsetter.

To plan and schedule your upcoming cake smash call us! We specialize in custom sessions and cute babies. We are excited to plan your cake smash photography session with you and your family!

Green Splatter Paint First Birthday Cake Smash Session!

We had so much fun with Dylan in the studio for his first birthday session!  I photographed both him and his brother since they were newborns (so we had to sneak a few pictures in of big brother too). It's been so special watching them grow! His mom wanted the color green for his portraits and I love the unique way it turned out. Dylan absolutely smashed his cake and loved every minute of it, as you can see by his head first dive into the cake.  Check out the short behind the scenes video at the end of the post for a little preview of him smashing into his first birthday cake! first birthday

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First Birthday Session full of personality!

It was a joy to photograph baby W's first birthday session at our Rockville photography studio. He was full of personality and so stylish! We were smiling and laughing with him the whole session. I hope he brings a smile to your face today too. For more information about our custom first birthday sessions, please contact us! firstbirthdaysession_0001oneyearoldportraitfirstbirthdaystudiosessiononeyearoldportraitsfamily portraits firstbirthdaysessionfirstbirthdaysession