Awww this little Mickey is the cutest mouse ever! He was fortunate to have his own very special birthday shoot… on his actual birthday! Mum supplied his outfit and cake and I provided the decorations. I’m usually quite neutral but just loved the burst of colour.
It’s best to plan your cake smash/first birthday session a few weeks in advance if possible. I usually just do a colour scheme of your choice and add simple decorations with some balloons and a bunting and a romper/outfit if you do not have one for baby to get messy in, but I do have a few options I’m hoping to test out later this year. I just love doing these sessions so much.
Check out a few of my own favourites from this cuties 1st birthday cake smash session!
What a sweetie this little cutie was! She came into my home studio filled with the biggest smiles you could ever imagine. For just being only 6 months old, she had no problem sitting unaided AND she was zooming all over the place with her fast-paced crawls! I truly love the sitter age baby. They are packed with personality and 6 months plus is the perfect opportunity to have your precious baby’s second professional photoshoot (after newborn).
I’m giving away one of these sessions every month this year. All newborns who allow promotional use on my websites go into a draw to win a studio sitter and cake smash session in an effort to build up my older baby portfolio. I’ve focused so much on newborns for the last 13 years, I don’t do older babies as often, but when I do … I want to do more!
Here is a small sample of my favourite images from one of my Simple newborn sessions with an exceptionally handsome and very happy baby boy taken in my home studio in Ellenbrook. I do love the simplicity of these types of images, although I am slowly trying to add a bit of colour and more props to add onto this simple package to give parents the option to add in a prop photo or two in their sessions.
My style, however, will still always remain mainly baby focused. I do appreciate props but I still want your galleries to be filled with timeless images of your precious baby that won’t become outdated in years to come.
I love encouraging parents to bring baby in a plain onesie in whites, creams, ivories or pastels to start the session off in a few natural unposed images. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get a few extra images of baby in their own outfit.
I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year, cuddling your new babies or patiently waiting your little one to arrive! I have an amazing model call competition to kick off the new year… every newborn baby session held in 2020 will go into a draw to win a SITTER AND FIRST BIRTHDAY full session packages!!! At the end of every month starting January, I will randomly draw one of my newborn baby clients to come back when they are able to sit unaided and at 1 years old for a very special birthday session. I’m looking to giveaway 12 of these double sessions. Why am I doing this? It’s because I want to do more older babies with cheeky smiles wearing one of my outfits to add to my portfolio galleries. You don’t need to tag, like or share to be in the monthly competition but you do need to allow a few of your baby’s images to be shared on my website, marketing materials and social media pages. Book in your newborn sessions now for a chance to win 2 sessions with full galleries included.
Terms and conditions:
Winners must allow their images to be shared online on any of my websites and marketing materials.
Photographs will be taken in my style. Props and outfits will be included to add variety and interest.
Winners may also bring their own special outfit to the session.
First birthday sessions includes a bath prop, balloons, a bunting, and an outfit. A cake is not included but winners may bring one to include a cake smash in the session if desired.
All sessions will be held in my home studio in Ellenbrook only.
How sweet is little Miss at just 8 days old. She was just perfect in every way with the most beautiful thick dark hair! She managed to give me sleepy shots and awake shots which is what I like to aim for in a newborn session. Her big brother wasn’t keen at all to be photographed with her so I had to perform a bit of photography magic and composite the two of them into one image. There was no way he was going to get a photo taken with his new little sister so we had to make it happen after the photo session 🙂
Absolutely gorgeous little 10 week old in my Ellenbrook home studio. She was not much bigger than a newborn due to a rather earlier than expected arrival, but she did a fabulous job just being her and allowing me to pose her in all my usual newborn poses 🙂
This little cutie took out the happiest baby ever award! He was non stop smiling for most of his first birthday cake smash session, although a little perplexed and hesitant towards the cake. He really was having the greatest time. I absolutely loved him!
These cake smash sessions are soooo much fun! They fall under my General sessions and I can provide simple decorations such as a bunting and balloons in the colour scheme of your choice. A simple romper outfit can be provided too if you have nothing o coordinate with the chosen colours.
Because of some allergy issues, I currently do not provide the cake but it is something I am looking into for the future. Parents bring in their own cake of choice along with any additional props they may wish to incorporate into the session. A couple of outfit changes as well, and parents end up with a wide variety of images.
Cake smash sessions are best booked at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance so colour schemes and outfits can be coordinated and sourced before the session date.
Newborn photos can be done with older babies. While its easier to do them as tiny little 10 day olds, the older babies give me so much personality. This pretty, sweet baby girl was 2 months old and she was VERY awake and did not want to be touched, moved, or put down at all. We had to come up with some creative ways to settle this sweetie into a short nap so we could get a few sleepy shots, which involved my prop bowls, some rather strong arms and a bit of rocking action!
I never say no to photographing an older baby. All babies are the sweetest subjects to photograph no matter what their age. My usual style is very relaxed anyway so I don’t often do complex poses so this means my style can often be achieved at any age. There does come a time though when baby just will not feel sleepy at all and we just have to work with that.
My suggestion, is if you were hoping to get a few newborn looking images for your older baby, to have a Simple or Classic newborn package. This gives me a little time to help settle baby for a range of shots, including (hopefully) a sleepy shot or two.
The short and sweet session is perfect for those not particularly looking to have newborn style images, but who are just wanting a few professional natural looking photos of their chunky cherub 🙂
First birthday cake smash sessions are so much fun. Theres so much to celebrate being one years old and why not do it with a bit of added colour, decorations and a studio photo session! This cutie was very hesitant when she first arrived. I was getting those typical blank stares and frozen moments 🙂 She wasn’t all that interested in the cake either, she wasn’t too keen on touching or tasting it, so I brought out a wooden spoon and then the fun began. Splattering cake pieces everywhere, I can truly say that she smashed the cake. And she did it well!
We moved quickly to the bath setup and thats when those huge smiles started. She loved splashing around in the tub and by this time she was having a great time (there is something about water that makes a lot of babies very very happy!).
A quick bath and towel dry, surprisingly, this little sweetheart was still in a reasonably good mood so we finished off with a few backlit shots. Here are just a few of my favourites I quickly chose from her gallery. Happy first birthday little one! <3
This sweet little one came with her own blanket and special hat that Mum and Dad brought with them. I love including babys own items in some shots as they make the photos that much more meaningful to the families. She was a dream and very sleepy during her short and sweet session, only waking up at the very end as she was getting dressed to go home.
At just only 8 days old, this little fellow was utterly perfect. We managed to get a nice range of sleeping shots because he was just so chilled and relaxed. As the session was near the end, I realised that we had not had any baby awake shots, so thought we would try for some. This little cutie was a little hard to wake up, he was so sleepy, but after a bit of coaxing from Mum and Dad, we were able to convince baby to open his eyes for us, resulting in a few last minute natural style images at the end, including him in his going home clothes. Simple Newborn session taken in my home studio in Ellenbrook 🙂
I was so in love with this little baby boy. Can you believe he was 12 weeks old on the day of his session! Just a tad bigger in size than a newborn but so smiley and happy. He gave me all the newborn feels but with the charming personality of a 3 month old <3. Isn’t he just gorgeous. I first met Mum and Dad for their maternity session a few months ago, and I am so glad they brought their little man to me. He was so well behaved during his short and sweet session, we had time to include a blanket change.
This is the second time I have seen this lovely young couple, the first time was when Miss 2 was still inside Mums tum! This cutie ran the show for a good chunk of this maternity session, jumping in and out whenever she felt like it and it was just perfect. Sessions sure are a bit different when a toddler is involved, and while they can make it that little more challenging, they also can help make the most gorgeous images. We took our time and got some key family poses first while Miss 2 was in the mood which allowed us to then focus on some beautiful solo Mum shots.
Meet tiny Miss A, just 12 days old and so so lovely. She gave me lots of of the cutest little faces before drifting off into a short nap. She was such a sweetie, I loved her session very much. She was way too interested in me to fall asleep at the start of the session, which is great as we got some gorgeous awake shots. She eventually gave in and settled into snooze land for the remainder of the session, waking up for a little yawn here and there ( and to check that Mum and Dad were still there ) 🙂 xx
I was excited for this session, I had not long photographed Mums maternity session along with her very adorable toddler, who didn’t really want anything to do with me at all (It’s okay, I didn’t take it personally) :). Well they came back along with the newest member of the family, gorgeous little Miss F, and this time, she loved me! She did not however, have any desire to be in any photos with her little sister and unfortunately no matter what we tried she just didn’t want to do it and sometimes these things happen. They have many more years to be in the same photo together.
Check out how sweet these two are from this Short & Sweet session! For more pricing info such as this one and more visit https://lindahewellphotography.com.au/session-pricing-2019/