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.
Have you ever wondered what a cake smash session is actually like? Or maybe you are curious about how many images you get from a cake smash session. Well, this video is going to answer both those questions!
Here is the slideshow presentation from Nolan's Irish themed Deluxe Cake Smash Session with some bonus behind the scenes video footage at the end! Enjoy!
I was super excited when Cole's mom called me to book his Epic Cake Smash! His big sister was "Iris in One-derland" for my first Epic Cake Smash. I couldn't wait to create another set for this family! And it had to be at least as good as One-derland, if not better...which was a tall order because that set is still one of my favorites.
People often ask me "What is the difference between a regular cake smash and an Epic Cake Smash?" I figure it's just easier to show them.
HeartStrings Photography is the ONLY studio in Central New York offering the signature Epic Cake Smash Session. This exclusive session type was dreamed up by me for my son's first birthday portrait (see the story here). I spend many hours crafting every detail of the set by hand and work closely with one of the area's most talented cake designers to create one of a kind smash cakes (see behind the scenes here). Epic Cake Smash clients may choose one of the predesigned themes (many seen below) or I will happily create a theme unique to their child. Even the predesigned themes can be altered a little bit to fit the child's personality.
What I call a Basic Cake Smash is really just a standard Portrait Session with a little added treat. Half of the one hour session is a one year portrait in an outfit of the client's choosing, either in studio or outside. The second half of the session is when we get messy!
I use a white vinyl backdrop with some basic props and add a handmade banner across the back. The banner is customized to each family's color scheme. Clients are welcome to bring their own cake or they can choose to have the cake provided for a small fee. The cake I provide is a delicious and beautiful 6" round buttercream smash cake from my cake designer, Melanie, which is decorated with fondant accents in the chosen color scheme.
When I was contacted about a Halloween theme Epic Cake Smash session, I was just about as excited as I could be. I absolutely love Halloween decorations. I couldn't wait to get started!
I sat down with Isabella's parents for our pre-session consultation to talk about their ideas for the theme. Her mom, Jessy, explained that she was totally obsessed with Halloween. Their wedding was even a Nightmare Before Christmas theme! She wanted to include elements of the movie in the session, but didn't want the whole thing to be based on it. I was through the roof with glee! I absolutely love Tim Burton! I was overflowing with ideas even before the consultation was over. The hard part was keeping the set true to the themes without being too scary.
Cassandra Zingaro - photographer, mom, wife, owner of HeartStrings Photography and first time blogger