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.
I completely and utterly adore this little girl. Do I say that about all of the kids I photograph? Well, I really mean it with this one! I photographed Miss M for her six month portraits and had the best conversation with her as she happily let me snap amazing shot after amazing shot. I'm so happy that her family came back for her one year portrait!
We started out the session with an idea that Mom had for outdoor portraits using a mirror. You would not have known it was spring by the weather that day, so I had a cute little coat ready for her to keep her warm. We still made it kinda quick and headed into the studio for the rest of the session.
As with all one year portraits, we wanted to showcase what milestones she had achieved. I set up a crate for her to hold on to for standing since she wasn't quite doing it on her own. She wasn't too sure about that one, but once Mom and Dad got into the picture, she became really excited to show me what she could do!
The best part of being a children's photographer is being able to witness a child's growth through the years. I photographed this little lady for her first birthday, and recently for her second. She has changed so much since the first time I met her, and has grown even more beautiful. I fully enjoyed our private tea party in the back yard as her birthday party guests were arriving.
It had been rainy all week, so we put down a waterproof blanket and covered it with a sheet. We brought out her entire bin of stuffed animals and I was introduced to each one as I pulled them out and found them a seat. Big Bear had the seat of honor next to our gracious hostess.
Cassandra Zingaro - photographer, mom, wife, owner of HeartStrings Photography and first time blogger