Category : Children

What to Expect at Your One Year Old’s Cake Smash

There’s no birthday quite as celebrated as your child’s first. And, the new-ish tradition, to photograph a cake smash, is a super fun way to celebrate this day. As a parent, you’ll probably know these little darlings are anything but predictable. You just never know what you’ll get when you put a baby, some decorations and cake in front of a lady with a camera. So, here’s a little bit about what to expect at your child’s cake smash.

1. Expect Them to Not Like Cake (or icing)

You’d think every one year old would be ecstatic to taste their first sampling of sugar but sadly, some aren’t. The good news is that although they might not love it, you get photos of them not loving it! And, they can be pretty funny anyway. It’s them and who they are, someone who might not like cake (or at least not like getting their hands dirty) and that’s okay. We often get many great photos before the cake is even introduced. Here are some photos of kids who didn’t love their cake but looked great anyway.

2. Expect the Unexpected

If you’ve ever heard the saying, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink, it applies nicely to the kiddos at cake smashes. You can lead a kid to cake but you can’t make them eat;)  Some kids are more interested in running away from the cake than eating it. But, I am patient and will continue to guide them back, giving them samples and showing them that yes indeed, the cake is good. This little guy was a runner (or technically a crawler) but we convinced him to play long enough to get some really fun photos before he tipped the cake on its head.  Given his lack of love for cake we thought we’d share it with his sister. Turned out,  he did not like sharing either.

3. Expect to Get Dirty

Yes, let’s face it, most kids love sugar and introducing it to them can be really fun for both of you. To enhance the chances of you both enjoying this moment here are a few tips.  First, make sure the cake and icing aren’t cold. It’s harder to break apart and eat.  Second, break open the cake to let the child try the cake, not just the icing. Some kids like cake more than icing. Third, be prepared with cleaning equipment! I always have towels and wet wipes on hand but it’s also a good idea, as the parent, to make sure you’re wearing clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. You never know when your messy child will launch themselves into your arms after devouring a cake. Below are kids who didn’t need much convincing to enjoy their cakes and sometimes got a little dirty in the process.

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Fall Family Photo Session Season

For many photographers (myself included!) the fall family photo season is the busiest of the year. But, I never get tired of it! Families like the one below keep this job exciting. We enjoyed a sunny afternoon at Campbell Valley park and the kids brought a ton of energy. Yes, I have to work out to keep up with my little clients! They kept me running all through the session but that makes it even more fun.

Bonds of Love

You can see so clearly the bonds of love this mother shares with her son.  She is his whole world, his best friend and playmate, his comfort and safety.  Together, I’m sure they’ll make it through any challenge that comes their way.  That is a pretty special thing to have and cherish-those special bonds of love.

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford family photographer based in BC, Canada. If you are interested in booking a family photo session or any other photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

Picture-Perfect Siblings

How lucky am I to capture these picture-perfect siblings?  This darling baby girl and her very proud big sister created a magical studio session.  When awake, baby was captivated by my movements.  She watched me intently for a while.  Unfortunately, she found me boring and she went back to sleep.  She doesn’t know yet how entertaining I can be jumping around to capture the shot!  Don’t worry dear girl, there’s plenty of time for you to learn as I watch you grow.  Just ask your big sister!  Asleep or awake, you are both still picture-perfect siblings.

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford newborn and family photographer based in BC, Canada. If you are interested in booking a newborn photo session or any other photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Down In The Woods Today

When I went down to the woods today, I found a big surprise.  This darling girl was having a picnic.  A picnic with a birthday cake!  Beneath the trees, where nobody sees, she played hide and seek as long as she pleased.  Cause that’s the way, this darling girl had her picnic.  Thankfully, there were no bears, teddy or otherwise, down in the woods today.

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Wiggles and Giggles

Sometimes the wiggles and giggles hit.  It can be a challenge to keep kids in a pose but I know there will be smiles.  So when the giggles set in, I could tell these photos would be great.  See for yourself.  His laughter was infectious and he kept smiling.  This little guy is going to keep his family laughing for years to come.  I know he kept me smiling the whole time.

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Beautiful One

This was a beautiful one, a beautiful first birthday! They look great all dressed up.  What a way to celebrate their daughter’s milestone.  It doesn’t matter if you dress up or come casual.  The most important thing is to relax and have fun.  If you aren’t able to do that all gussied up, then consider wearing casual clothes to your session.  Your comfort really translates into the quality of images I am able to capture.  So whether you decide to be formal or casual, I will do my best to ensure you, too, have a beautiful one!

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford family photographer based in BC, Canada. If you are interested in booking a first birthday photo session or any other photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

Celebrate One with Me

First birthdays are a big deal.  No matter how many kids you already have, each first birthday is special.  That’s why I love it when a family celebrates together and invites me to come along.  Smiles and joy were in order the whole time as these guys knew how to have fun.  There was lots of time to run and be goofy, too.  I enjoyed working with this family a few years back when they just had two kiddos. The addition of a little girl was sure a welcomed one! Happy Birthday little lady!

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford family photographer based in BC, Canada. If you are interested in booking a family photo session or any other photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

Fun in the Forest

What better way is there to celebrate turning one than having fun in the forest?  River dressed for the part in his plaid.  He had a great time discovering trees, ferns, and moss.  So many textures to feel and stuff to learn.  However, not everything was to his liking as modeling can be a hard job!  It is exhausting to be charming all the time especially when you’d rather explore.  Next time he’s just going to bring Mom and his dogs.  There is still so much fun in the forest to discover.

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One Year Old Princess Session

Every moment in my new studio feels like such a blessing. I’m so grateful that I am able to continue working at my passion and now I get to do it in a space that inspires me daily. Also, because of the additional space, I’m able to start acquiring even more props. This means I can now offer fully decorated cake smashes. I did my first one last week for this little doll. I couldn’t have been more excited when her momma requested the princess theme and liked my pink and gold colour scheme. We started off with some classic photos and then spent a little time in our fairy tale land. I could not have asked for a better princess to photograph. She is a truly delightful little girl. Happy first birthday little lady!

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford family and newborn photographer based in BC, Canada. If you are interested in booking a cake smash photo session or any other photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!