Princess Themed Cake Smash

Every cake smash photo-shoot project started with brainstorming a theme. For Bowie’s cake smash session, her Mommy was looking for a theme that portrays a simple, happy, and healthy little baby.

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Bowie is very out going. She loves to smile, loves to play with other little children, loves to kiss boys, and loves to go out everyday. When she doesn’t get what she wants she yells at Daddy. She likes to feed Daddy and Mommy when she does not want her food.

Bowie’s Mommy Googled “baby girl cash smash photo” to get an idea of what other babies’ cake smash photos are. There are hundreds or thousands picture there with different color themes and all look pretty. She finally chose Pink and Gold as Bowie’s theme colors. She believed Bowie would look very pretty in it. In addition, pink is her own favor color since she was a child. “I wished I had everything in pink in my room such as bedding, wall color, furniture, etc. Obviously, I did not get what I wanted, so I pass my wishes to Bowie. Not sure she would like pink as much as I do. Daddy has been complaining about too much pink in Bowie LOL.”, said Bowie’s Mommy.

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We came up with a simple but elegant princess theme with Pink being the main color and accented with Gold. Tutu, onesie, matching bow headband and chunky necklace designed and handcrafted by Tutu Gorgeous Girl.
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Matching theme pink rosettes cake with a glittery gold #1 topper smash cake by Slice of Fancy/Sweet Stuff. Vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream.

Bowie’s Mommy didn’t really have any concerns prior to the session. “Bowie is pretty out-going. The session turned out good. 5 stars overall”!

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Click here for more details on Bowie’s head-to-toe outfit at Tutu Gorgeous Girl’s Etsy shop.

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Matching theme Triangle Flag Bunting Banner by Crafts by Jackie

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Advice from Bowie’s Mommy: “Keep it simple and be your normal selves. I should have planned out more of the scenery and babies nap timing.”

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Bubble bath theme is included in every cake smash session. The bath tub was filled with lukewarm water. Bowie didn’t want to come out.
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One of my favorite lifestyle captures in Bowie’s nursery.

Bowie had her first birthday party a week after the cake smash session. Take a look at the party setup that Bowie’s Mommy put together.

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“My husband was no help LOL but the rest of my family was very supportive of it. Most of the stuff was from Amazon, gotta love Amazon Prime. The cake was from Audrey’s Concerto. Really do love their cakes. We buy a lot of cakes from them every year.”

From MuSen:

I am so in love with Bowie’s princess theme cake smash. Simple but elegant. I love providing my clients with collage designs. Below are what I did for Bowie:

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Bowie’s session gift: OrigamiOwl Living Locket designed with assorted limited edition pieces

To find out what Bowie’s Mommy thinks about MuSen, click here.

To learn more about the First Birthday pacakge, click here.

 

 

Rodan + Fields Themed Cake Smash

First birthday cake smash has become one of my favorite type of photo sessions lately. So much creativity, personality and characteristics involved. For this particular session, Mom is an enthusiastic R+F independent consultant and super passionate about what she does. For her son Jacob’s first birthday, we brainstormed the idea of having the baby role play a dermatologist along with a R+F themed cake smash.

The inspiration came from this advertisement picture. We therefore decided on a plain gray seamless paper background along with props and banners that would give us a laboratory look.

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Silver and white smash cake adorned with gum pastes and real R+F travel size products is hand crafted by Slice of Fancy/Sweet & Stuff.

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Cake is vanilla flavor with lemon buttercream.

Chemistry bar glassware made of REAL borosilicate 3.3 lab glass capable off withstanding extremes in temperature is from Med Lab Supply.

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Crafts By Jackie put together a thoughtfully designed happy birthday banner using fonts similar to R+F’s.

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For Jacob’s safety we removed the glassware during actual cake smash
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Color liquids inside the glassware are actually Powerade.  Picture showing behind-the-scene Powerade cheers (“gon bay”).

Mom is also a good sewer. She made Jacob’s doctor smock out of her preggo pillow case. Jacob’s big sister used the remaining fabric and made her own doll a dress, on which she wrote heart-melting happy birthday wishes to her baby brother.

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Behind-the-scene doctor smock making pictures from Jacob’s Mommy

For this session I sneak peek with a first birthday cake collage and it was such a big hit.

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People also responded so well to this bathtub picture.

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This baby size bathtub is one of MuSen’s all time favorite props.

Wait! We are not done yet! After the cake smash we also took the little guy out for a walk and captured some lifestyle pictures there.

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To learn more about Rodan + Fields products, please contact Mimi at mimi_li22@yahoo.com or 718-288-5085. Her website is: https://mimili.myrandf.com/. Click here to take your free 60 second consultation

 

 

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From Strangers to Friends

Cameron’s first birthday session was a big hit. It is something very different. Instead of smashing a cake, he smashed spaghetti.

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Chef’s guide to perfect spaghetti recipe.
1. Make sure veggies are fresh and taste delicious. (They are from the photographer’s own garden, picked one hour prior to session!)
2. Stir well during cooking
3. Check tenderness
4. Enjoy!

Cameron’s Mom Lizzy and I have become friends through all these portrait sessions. This is the 3rd time they came to me for pictures. I feel so grateful that she always opens up to my ideas and willing to try new things with me.

They were the winner of my session donation in support of East Brunswick Youth Council on 2016 East Brunswick Day. Lizzy had always wanted to have professional pictures taken of her family and the children, but it just never happened. Coming across the donation I made at the silent auction made her think that this would be the best time to try to win something! And She did. “A fantastic photographer who is creative and listens to input and produces beautiful pictures!”, said Lizzy.

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Portrait was done on location in their house.
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Ron, the dad, football and sports nut who is also into memorabilia and collectibles.
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Liz, the mom, loves craft stuff and shopping!! “lol and spending time with the kids.”, according to Lizzy herself.
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The couple love taking the kids on outings… Central park, the beach, zoos, etc.
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Arianna, now the 14 year old, artistic and funny. Great at drawing cartoon and animation as well as more classical pieces. To visit blog on Arianna’s Bat Mitzvah, click here.
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Bryce, the 3 year old, silly kid that loves to make people laugh. “He is our little superhero.”

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Cameron, now the 1 year old, “our little butterball of happiness”. He has figured out how to get around, but he really loves his pacifier and his mommy. He celebrated his first Hanukkah last holiday season.

“I love how well Karen interact with the kids and family, its not a simple task to get so many people to focus and smile and get a great picture! I also love that she let me help get involved and pose and make suggestions during our session”, said Lizzy.

 

For Cameron’s first birthday session, we came up with the spaghetti smash idea. Lizzy had purchased a large pot for Cameron to fit into and I provided the fresh veggies from my own garden and chef’s hat that we used for the props. The other props Lizzy rummaged through her drawers for the rolling pin and spoons.

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Safety tip: always put heavy weight at the bottom of props like pot, bucket, etc for babies to prevent accidental flipping. A 10 lb weight plate from any sporting good store would do just fine.
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Lizzy was worried that Cameron would not co-operate at all for the pictures and the entire session would be wasted, but he did great!

 

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“Have fun with the entire experience, and don’t expect your 1 year old to do what you want them to do :)”, shared Lizzy. She loves this picture because it captured a real moment of a 1 year old.
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From MuSen: I am donating again at this year’s East Brunswick Day to support EBYC. Visit the FB event page for more details.

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Mom baked the cake during session

Amandine turned 1! She holds the record of completing the most packages I offer in my Baby’s First Year Plan.  Amandine had never had a real cake prior to the session so her Mommy wasn’t sure whether she wants a cake smash pacakge. So instead, she booked Amandine a traditional portrait session and just wanted to go with the flow and see.

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Mom loves the on-location idea. We discussed color themes during pre-session consultation and as usual, I like to surprise her with a few additional ideas. We did the session on a cozy summer day and just took our time. If Amandine needs a nap, go for it. If she needs a break or snack, just do it. There was no rush and Mommy just went into the closet to find new outfits and accessories as we go. I captured lots of candid pictures of Amandine hanging around in the kitchen with Mommy as well as playing with her big sister’s easel set (shhh…).

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At 12 months Amandine can crawl very well and stand with little support. She has very rich expressions. If you visit her sitter and newborn session blog (links will be given at the end of this blog), you know this is not news. However, she did have some new expressions to share such as the adorable baby duck face.

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I surprised Mom with a wall showing my favorite pictures of Amandine from the newborn and sitter session.

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Okay, I don’t want to take it personal. I believe Amandine loOooves my wall of pictures idea. 😉
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Wooden “ONE” sign by Crafts by Jackie

Another surprise is a sparkly mirror theme. Amandine really had fun playing with her own reflections.

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The “mirror” is made of a plastic, shatterproof material called “Plexiglass”. Please do not try this with real mirror at home. It is not safe that way.

Again this is why I love on location service. Admandine was in the mood for more pictures so at the last minute her Mommy decided to add the cake smash theme in. She used a boxed cake and substituted items to make it allergy free. The frosting color was made with real strawberries. The whole cake was made in about 20 minutes and she put it in the freezer for about another 10 minutes to let it chill.

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Happy Birthday sign by Crafts by Jackie
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Amandine pretends to blow the candles. Such a smart girl!

Thank you Amandine for another wonderful session. We will see you next time very soon!

First Birthday Gift
MuSen’s birthday gift for Amandine: Mini Silver Living Locket With Crystals ; Birthday Cake CharmRose Stardust Swarovski Crystals16-18″ Silver Cube Chain ; packed in a fortune cookie jewelry pouch

To visit Amandine’s sitter session blog, click here.

To visit Amandine’s newborn session blog, click here.

To learn more about the First Birthday pacakge, click here.

Ready to book a customized, on-location session for your little ones? Contact us now!

 

Cake Smash Success

A good photographer is not necessarily the one with the best skills (as art is subjective it is difficult to judge a photographer’s skills anyways) , but one who is best prepared, organized, and make efforts to connect with his/her clients. I carry this philosophy into every single of my session. We started planning for Dylan’s cake smash session almost 2 months prior. It began with detailed email consultation. After understanding my client’s needs, budget range, and style preference, I gave her my proposal.

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Customized smash cake by Slice of Fancy/Sweet & Stuff

The entire theme was designed around Dylan’s first birthday outfit. Keeping a network of reliable and quality business partners is essential here. With the help of modern communication tools, the client, the cake artist, the crafts designer, and myself were able to working remotely to put all the ideas and pieces together, smoothly.

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It is amazing how everything came out so perfectly together.

 

 

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Customized banner by Crafts By Jackie

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Prior to the session I also gave my client some tips on how to prepare for a more successful cake smash. I first explained the setup process and gave her my workflow so that we could be on the same page. Cake smash will be done on location. For easy cleanup the background will be seamless paper. Session will start with cake setup pictures followed by some classic portraits in Dylan’s birthday outfit. Then Dylan can be changed to her cake smash attire. We will be documenting all details of the cake smash process from all angles. After the cake smash, we will have Dylan do a bubble bath. I asked the client to try have Dylan get used to the texture of a smash cake by having her try some cakes in the week prior to the session. I also shared other tricks that can encourage the babies to smash the cake.

I cannot be more thankful how cooperative my client is. It really takes two to tango. We were able to capture many good moments. I especially love the expression when Dylan first saw the cake and wasn’t sure what it was for.

 

All cake smash session the birthday kid will receive a personalized gift from me. This super soft and huggable elephant is made possible by Crafts by Jackie. Dylan loves the it and sleeps with it in her crib.

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Interested in booking a customized cake smash session? Visit Baby’s First Year Plan for pricing details.

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