Leo's mom contacted me about Epic Cake Smash sessions with a request for a jungle/safari theme and I jumped at the chance! I created the theme and set custom for Leo and loved it so much, I added it to my available themes.
It took me a while to develop my vision for this set. I spent hours looking online and was a little overwhelmed by the possibilities. Once I decided to turn my holiday tree props from the mini sessions into palm trees, the rest started to fall into place. The vines I created from kraft paper, raffia, and hand cut paper leaves. The 1 was purchased plain and I added animal print felt. Leo's amazing hand made costume was purchased from Natalia's Treasures on etsy and the cake, of course, was created by my loyal cake designer, Melanie of Peace, Love & Cake. The monkey was a last minute addition and made from foam sheets. I had to give Leo some company so the stuffed animals were a must. The giraffe was actually one of the hardest elements for me to find. I wanted a large standing giraffe, but spending $70 just wasn't in the budget. When I found this guy, I felt like I was settling, but once he was added to the set, I realized he was perfect.
Cassandra Zingaro - photographer, mom, wife, owner of HeartStrings Photography and first time blogger