I just can’t believe all my babies are getting so big!! Well maybe Gabriella and the other kids I photograph aren’t necessarily my kids. Even though it’s such a treat to be able to see all my little people grow up. When I first met Gabriella she was in her Mommy’s belly when I had the pleasure of doing a maternity shoot with her parents. From there we did a newborn session at my studio. Now a year later here we are doing a first birthday cake smash! Cake-tique provided us with the cake as always. Mom and Dad also brought so many great props that were going to double as birthday party decorations! I couldn’t have been happier! They made the cutest lemonade stand for her. Not only that they brought lemons and lots of fun stuff to dress up my set. Cake Smash success!!
One of my most photographed kids and best buddy, Logan, is four years old this year! It’s always a treat for me to see Logan and her parents. I would love to just chat with Mom and Dad, but honestly Logan and I are kind of best friends. While Mom and Dad hang back Logan and I walk around, chat, make each other laugh and take pictures. It’s almost like a play date! Recently Logan told her Mom “Only Alissa takes my picture”. Coming for a little kid that is a 5 star review! We started Logan’s portrait at my studio and then walking around the building. Logan’s Dad is an artist who also has a spot in Hope Artiste Village so we even got to take some pics in there. Sorry other parents! You can not have your photo session in Michael’s place amongst the metal, tools and fork lift!
For a first birthday I think you should really celebrate! It’s THE first birthday ever!! It’s a big deal in my opinion. Aurora’s Mom shares this sentiment. They are throwing Aurora a glamorous Breakfast at Tiffany’s birthday party! How amazing is that? Thankfully she brought lots of the things they have to decorate the party. We were able to use everything to make a fabulous little set for Aurora to shine in! When we finished with the glamour I switched over to the delicate little Spring Mini Shoot set I have at the studio now for a cake smash with cake made as always by Lauren at Cake-tique! Such a treat for me to be able to help Mom’s vision come to life!
Whenever I do a cake smash parents get a little thrown off by the name. Babies rarely ever actually “smash” the cake. I always reassure them that what their baby is doing is normal. Sometimes they just play with it and get really mad when the frosting is stuck to their hands. Sometimes they actually sit quietly and eat it! But Smash?! Nope. I used to say that no baby has ever smashed the cake. Now I have to change that sentence to “except that one”… I met Miles when he was just a newborn. I had the pleasure of going to his house and taking photos when he was just born. Now we meet again, one year later! He has grown up to the a sweet little man. We had a great time taking photos and Miles has an amazing time destroying his cake made by Cake-tique. He will probably never throw cake like that again for the rest of his life so I’m happy I was there to capture it! Happy Birthday, Miles!!
Yes, mustache’s are so very cool right now BUT not many people have an epic full on mustache like the one on Jon’s shirt. People have them on their phones, straws, pacifiers, and even the back of their cars. These people would be envious of Jon’s father’s mustache. He doesn’t have a silly fake one. Jon and his Mom told me that Daddy is a firefighter in Boston who has an actual mustache that looks exactly like the one of Jon’s shirt. Instead of it being just a really cute shirt they are actually giving a little shout out to Daddy in these pics… and of course Daddy’s mustache. Jon loves this shirt so much that we had some trouble trying to convince him to change into something else. I’m sure Mommy went broke at the toy store after this session. Smart Mom also brought lots of stickers. Jon beautified my studio between snaps with Lightening McQueen and Buzz Lightyear. Whatever it takes to get the pic!