This was one truly EPIC cake smash in every way! Iris's mom, Holly, inspired me to create an entire world. During one conversation with her, I admitted honestly (and with a laugh) that I was out of control! I don't consider myself a crafty person, but I surprised my self. I'm quite proud of the way the hand made props and backdrop came out! I had a vision and successfully made it come to life. It was so much work, but Iris and Holly were worth every second of time and dollar spent!
I got all my supplies at local craft stores and set up a work table in my garage. For the This Way That Way sign, I created the words in the font I wanted on the computer, printed them out, then hand painted them on the wood. I thought it was pretty good for not having painted anything seriously since art school in...um...well, it was a long time ago! I nailed them to a piece of scrap wood that I sprayed gold and added a base.
I thought that it was fitting that my first blog post should be about my first newborn session! I have photographed young babies in the past, but, at only nine days old, beautiful Julia was my first true newborn. Her session changed my life. I was terrified leading up to the day of the shoot. I watched webinars and workshops, researched posing, and bought every posing tool and prop I thought I would need. By the end of the (long) session, I was hooked. I knew that newborn photography was for me. And I was hopelessly in love with this perfect little girl!
I met Julia's parents several years ago when I photographed their engagement session. At the time, I was partnered with a friend of mine and shooting under the name Autumn Nowey Photography. Janet and Jimmy were one of our favorite couples. We had a lot of fun with their session and felt pretty good about the finished product. When I opened HeartStrings Photography last year, I reached out to many of the clients Autumn and I had worked with, and Janet responded, asking about maternity portraits. I was so thrilled to hear from her and really excited for the opportunity to photograph her and Jimmy again. She told me that they loved the engagement photos and felt that Autumn and I captured their true personalities in a way that their wedding photographer had not done. She could not have given me a better compliment on my work than that.
Cassandra Zingaro - photographer, mom, wife, owner of HeartStrings Photography and first time blogger