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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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Aman’s Maternity Session – Abbotsford Maternity Photographer

This beautiful couple braved some chilly winter wind to capture these images and I think it was worth it! They’re so photogenic, you’d never know the lovely momma to be was wrapping herself in a big warm coat in between photos and shivering. I really appreciate the willingness of these brave subjects to do whatever it takes to get great photos. We traveled to a couple favorite spots of mine and were able to capture so much of the beauty this valley offers;  fields, big skies, rock cliffs and trees. Just a few of my favorite things! Can’t wait to meet the little one soon.

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Abbotsford Wedding Photographer – S&J Engagement Session

I’m always excited when I get to photograph a few weddings in one family. This will be the third Schmuland brother with whom I’ve had the privilege to work. As expected, another true gentleman who chose a sweet and kind lady. We did this engagement session back on one of the few crisp and clear fall days we had.  It was a Friday and the days surrounding it were all dark and rainy so we were quite pleased to bask in the sun for a few hours in the afternoon.    This couple is planning a summer wedding and I’m really looking forward to being their wedding photographer.  I’m sure it will be another amazing wedding with lots of love and laughter.
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Abbotsford Family Photographer – “K” Maternity and Family

It’s Throw Back Thursday so I thought I’d share this fall maternity and family session from last November. It was really wonderful to see the love this sweet blended family has for each other and their good-natured dog Cabo added to the fun.   The location was perfect for their family photo session with the soft light shining through the trees made it feel a little ethereal.  That’s my favorite! Each subject was so relaxed and easy in front of the camera which made photographing them a breeze.   It’s always easy when subjects do exactly as I ask them but I truly didn’t mind the spontaneity that the furry subject brought to the party either.   Capturing our furry friends is much like chasing two year olds so I’m more than happy to play along. Enjoy the photos!

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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!

Abbotsford Family Photographer – The “S” Family 2016

As I sit at my desk, watching the snow fall, I had the sudden urge to blog some colourful photos from fall. It’s such a vibrant time of year and I miss it already.  Not that I’m sad about the snow, it’s a nice change and I’m hoping this pretty white stuff hangs on for some photos tomorrow!  For now though,  I’m basking in the light of these images and remembering a warm autumn evening.   I’ve been editing like a mad woman for the last couple months (busy season!) and thought it was high time I caught up on a little blogging too.   I’ve never photographed this family before  and I really enjoyed chatting with them and watching their smiles and connections with each other.  They were celebrating the arrival of their handsome son just a few months before.  As you can see he’s a blessed little boy with lots of love from his parents and big sister. Enjoy the flashback to fall.
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Abbotsford Family Photographer – The Koss Family 2016

Okay, as usual for the Koss Family, this is going to be a long one! When you get the honour of photographing a family for many years you get to know them pretty well (not to mention Jenn is my talented hair stylist). So, what do you do when you feel really comfortable with people? You make them rush home from work on a weeknight to catch the sunset and take them to a rather sketchy and dirty (yet gorgeous) area. Thanks for always allowing me to be creative guys! I think it was worth the muddy shoes, the cold fingers and the red noses!  If there are any other families out there that are interested in family photography AND a little adventure,  that can be arranged! Please contact me:)

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Doesn’t this sunset just grab you!?  It’s always my favorite time of day for photographing.  It would be sunrise but sadly,  not many people want to get up that early for their sessions 😉  In case there are any early birds out there who’d like to take advantage of the sunrise, just let me know.  And, thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford Family photographer based in BC, Canada. If you are interested in booking a Family Photography Session or any other photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

Newborn Photographer – Abbotsford – Baby Sara

Remember the sun?! It was great, right!? I’m definitely missing it this last month. Due to rain and bad weather I’ve rescheduled numerous outdoor photography sessions but,  looking back, I’m so grateful I had the opportunity this year to do a few outdoor newborn sessions.  As a newborn photographer I feel the conditions have to be just perfect for babies and this day sure was.   Just look at this light and such a beautiful family too!   Daughter number two arrived in the warm months and was greeted by her adorning big sister.  She was just amazing with her new little playmate and you’ll see that show up in the photos.  Congratulations this this lovely family!

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Abbotsford Newborn Photographer – Baby “A”

I’m always honoured when past clients contact me to photograph their newborn babies. It’s a joy to watch families grow, especially this one. This little lady was dreamed of and waited for for many long months and years and I’m so happy to see her join her parents. She was a true gem during the photo session and smiled throughout it.  She was another “old” newborn so you never know how they’re going to respond.  We like to see babies in the studio within about 10 days of their arrival but sometimes that doesn’t work.  As you can see, sometimes that doesn’t matter!  This angel was about one month old at her session.  So sweet and squishy!

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Abbotsford Newborn Photographer – Baby Boy “A”

A sweet baby boy visited the studio for newborn photography a while ago and I wanted to share some images. Even though he was an “older” newborn he posed exceptionally well and we enjoyed every moment with him. Just look at that sweet face!   I think the pose with the bear ears is a favorite of mine.

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Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford newborn 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!

B&C Maternity Session – Abbotsford Materntiy Session

I’m playing catch up with blog posts and here’s B&C’s maternity session from the end of summer.   I had the opportunity to photograph this cute couple a few years back and now they’re expecting their first child,  a little girl!  It seems all my pregnant momma’s lately are having girls. It will be fun to dress them up in the studio with pink and lace!

We went to a new spot that has quickly become a favorite place. We also spent a little extra time together because there were so many enchanting places I wanted to photograph.   And, before the session even started,  we found out that some cell phones don’t have service around the area and the couple got a little lost without their gps systems. I’m so glad they were able to find the spot and we enjoyed the sun peeking through the trees for the afternoon.

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Thanks for visiting Perfect Moments Photography based in Abbotsford, BC. If you are interested in booking a maternity photo session or any other photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!