Harkin’s first birthday photos & cake smash portraits were done in my home studio located in Camp Hill, Pa. I started photographing Harkin when she was just 7 days old and my has she grown! Those beautiful blue eyes still haven’t changed though. One of the best aspects of my job is getting to know some incredible families. I feel honored to be the photographer that Miles and Kate have chosen to photograph their daughter’s first milestones. I loved seeing how she grew and changed and catching up on all the family adventures. So, the family arrived with big brother Cotton in tow and we got down to business. A couple of cute outfits (Kate loves shopping for Harkin on Etsy so I can usually look forward to something adorable!) It took a little encouraging at first and a little help from mom, dad, and big brother but we got some smiles and giggles caught on camera for sure! When I brought out Harkin’s first birthday cake for her cake smash she was a little apprehensive about it but we got some a really cute “uh oh” expression when she knocked it over. We kept the background pretty simple for her cake smash photos. I hand made a seeded eucalyptus garland to drape across the paper backdrop. I also made the cake out of styrofoam covered in icing and adorned it with some more of that beautiful seeded eucalyptus.
For Harkin’s final look I switched up to the white washed wood backdrop with a furry light purple blanket under neath her and a simple banner with stars and circles. By the time we got to these photos she was totally hamming it up for the camera with tons of smiles and little giggles and she even clapped for a few!
I really love this simple look with neutrals and greenery.
Through sleepless nights, so many firsts, lots of laughter, and many happy tears, twelve months flew right by and it’s time to celebrate your baby’s first birthday! These are some of my very favorite sessions and I invest my heart into creating and styling the perfect celebration for your little one. If you are interested in a cake smash for your little one then click here to contact me and I can get you on the calendar. These shoots are best done in my studio, I keep it nice and warm and I take care of the set up and most importantly the clean up! You can bring a cake or I can make one.