I met Miss C's mom several years ago when we worked together. When she contacted me for newborn portraits I was beyond excited. I always thought she would be a wonderful mother and I was so happy that she was having a baby girl...and even happier that she wanted me to capture her first year of life.
It was too late to do maternity photos by the time Mom contacted me, so we altered the Baby's First Year Plan. Instead of a maternity mini session, we added an extra session in to the year and decided to schedule the sessions for every three months.
I adored Miss C from the first moment I met her. We captured some of my all time favorite newborn images.
Her three month session was the hardest. She was in a mood that day and not quite pushing up on her tummy yet. We joked the whole session that she was stone-faced the entire time. At the very end she finally cracked a smile when we were out in the snow. I was shocked when I imported the images later and found several little smiles I didn't even know I captured.
Miss C's six month session is definitely one of my all time favorite sessions. She was sitting up perfectly and much more free with the smiles. Mom wanted to do something with pearls so I bought a lace romper and a long strand of fake pearls. I absolutely love the result! I also found a new use for the nest prop that had been sitting in the corner for a year.
For Miss C's nine month session, I was happy to finally have good weather so we could shoot outside. We went to a tiny out-of-the-way park in Syracuse where the flower garden had been let to go a little wild. She was so excited and proud to show me how well she could stand!
The one year session was a blast. The first half we did one year portraits outside before we moved in to the studio for a cake smash. She was so funny with the props. She kept picking them up and she just would not stop trying to run around! I couldn't help but laugh even as I chased her.
Miss C's birthday party was watermelon theme, but Mom decided she wanted something a little more timeless for her cake smash. She asked for a pink and gold theme and gave me creative license with the set. I found these gorgeous paper decorations from a company that makes wedding decor and knew right away they were perfect. We did a few shots in the set before we brought out the cake. Once we set the cake down, Miss C was in heaven! She demolished that cake and it was a messy beautiful disaster! Once she decided she was done, she took off crawling into the other room, leaving a trail of icing behind her.
The end of a Baby's First Year Plan is always so bittersweet. One year sessions and cake smashes are my favorite, but I'm always so sad when it's over. I am going to miss seeing Miss C and her mom every three months. I feel so honored to have been able to watch Miss C grow up and capture those memories for her family.
Cassandra Zingaro - photographer, mom, wife, owner of HeartStrings Photography and first time blogger