I am going to try to not get all sappy on you, but do you remember when your baby turned one? If you have not yet reached that stage yet, keep reading so you can be prepared!

It seemed that the fastest year ever in life is the first year of your baby growing. They learn and grow so fast and before we realize it, the sleepy baby that only would sleep when I was awake and treat me like a milk machine.. is now celebrating their first birthday.

This momma and little one came to see me to celebrate her first birthday, but instead of traditional cake, she brought alone a family favorite- DONUTS!

Oh- that sweet sugary doughy smell made me weak in the knees and for that whole time we were together for our session, I seriously considered to be in medical pain just to lick one of those donuts. At times, I have to admit, that yummy gluteny smell, distracted me. My little pudgy fingers wanted to wrap around that donut and hide in the corner to see how fast I could eat it before being caught. But…. I knew that even just one little taste would land me in tummy hell. So, I focused on this sweet little one that celebrated her awesome day with 12 glazed donuts.

Here is a sneak peek into our studio session.

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Big brother was so good as he sat and watched sister eat her way to smiles. He was rewarded with choosing his own donut and in turn, he asked to have pictures of himself too! Gotta love a little one that enjoys the camera!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Roses are Red. Violets are Blue. Sugar is Sweet , check out these adorable photos!

 

Ok, so I am not great at rhyming or poems but I do love a good photo! Over the summer I gathered with some local vendors and some adorable children as we created a unicorn princess party. We twirled, spinned, and danced through the Healing Garden located next to the Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint Idaho and had a tasty treat of the most beautiful cake, cupcakes and cookies. What a blessing it was to watch these kiddos play through the garden. The flowers were in the fullest bloom, the skies were gently covered with clouds, the dresses were flowy, a special crown that made anyone feel like a queen of royalty.

 

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This dress, Clarice Gown, and floral crown are from Sew Trendy Accessories.

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It is unbelievable but that whole cupcake is edible!! The little pine cone and butterfly are edible!! Chocolate and gelatin.

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These dresses were custom made and hand dyed from JH Gowns. Again, I shared my color choices and theme and she created a dress set that was stunning.

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This stunning hand made crown is from Lovespun Creations. I am so happy and blessed from each vendor that helped make this event and photo shoot the most amazing.

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That most amazing stunning cake was created by Pastry & More in Coeur d’Alene. They are the most amazing talented bakers I have ever met – award winning even. I had gone to them with a small idea and feel of what I wanted to create, but after viewing their work, I knew that as an artist myself, I just wanted to give them my simple thought and let them get creative with it. The cake was inspired from the tapestry “Lady & the unicorn“. With just sharing the colors I was inspired with – the whole session and event was breath taking.

Cookies were made by Milk & Honey Cakery – were delicious yummy treats are shipped directly to your door. And they are so adorable and so yummy. I have never had cookies delivered – that weren’t from my mom, so I was unsure on what to expect, but I was so thrilled when I opened the box and they were perfectly decorated, none of them were broken and they were soft and delicious.

The beautiful dresses the girls got to wear are from Sew Trendy Accessories and JH Gowns.

The floral crown – first, isn’t that the most amazing floral crown?! This handmade crown was created and made by Lovespun Creations. I was able to also share my small little vision and she created this beautiful piece of art. I won’t lie, as soon as it arrived, I walked around the house with it on. Even my  boys were smiling when they saw it.

All the accessories, furniture and props were provided by prop rental – Lucky Prop Co in Sandpoint Idaho and Fresh Design Gallery & Design in Medical Lake, Wa. Both places are like walking into a girls decor heaven. So many things to look at and decorate with.

And beautiful floral display by Sandpoint idaho local florist, Fresh Sunshine Flowers. It was wonderful meeting Jen – she has a local delivery truck that delivers flowers right to you. She is another amazing talented and creative person!

 

I am so looking forward to summer again, not just for the weather or to see another color other than white, but for the fun of children! I love helping create themed parties and events and being able to capture their little moments. I hope if you plan a party this summer you will consider having a silly photographer join in on your fun!

 

A good friend of mine who I have known for years, was sweet enough to capture some behind the scene footage of me working with the kiddos. Thank you Amy Henderson Photography for being there and capturing me with the kids! I also heard from a little bird that Amy is opening a studio this summer – so all you local Sandpoint peps, keep your eye out for her new place soon!

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This morning I posted on my facebook page about being “real”. Well…. here is a real moment for you.

I am finally editing my son’s one year photos back when I lived in North Dakota….. FOUR YEARS ago! Talk about parenting guilt. I can’t help but to look at this image and feel the pain and emptiness of never having a little one again. One look at his chunky feet and my eyes well you and I get that lump in my throat.

 

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Remember when you could squish the baby fat with your hands….

Remember when you could kiss and smell baby feet all day…

Remember when you couldn’t give enough kisses on those squishy cheeks….

 

Although I feel like I have neglected a part of his past by putting off his pictures, I am so glad I had that moment and can look back on it and feel all those things once again.

The first year in your baby’s life going so fast. The days kind of all blend together and in between the late night feedings, late night snuggles, the diapers, the chasing, the crying, the giggles… all of a sudden your newborn is one year old- and if you are like me, crying at just the thought that your little one is no longer a “baby”. I still try to squeeze a little “baby” out of my now 3 year old.. and every once in a while, he will curl up in a ball and want to have skin on skin contact. That usually ends up with his feet in my face and him thinking he can still fit under my chin, but I still enjoy it.

Celebrating your little one’s first cake smash or birthday is such a fun time. It is great to get those adorable expressions before those crazy toddler times come raging through the home.

I got to meet baby H back during Christmas- he was one of the baby models I had in the studio. You can see his adorable Christmas smiles and baby blue eyes on this post here. This time he was back in the studio to celebrate his FIRST birthday. Baby H is a busy boy and loves his momma! We tried to be creative and do a little bubble bath but bubbles and water was not on his list for the day. One thing that he did love was chomping on some Cheerios! Here is a sneak peek into our session!

 

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Celebrating the first year is fun! Bring a cake, bubbles, or your baby’s favorite food- it is a great time to celebrate, get messy and have fun! If you would like to schedule your own Cake Smash, feel free to send me an email and let’s celebrate this milestone for both your baby and YOU!

I love me some cake smash sessions! They make me laugh the whole time. You know when you smile so big or for so long you get those pains in the back of your head?! That is a typical cake smash session for me.

I was able to meet this momma from our local MOPS group- she won a raffle during one of our meetings and we celebrated with some smashing fun of her little guy. Oh and handsome he is! Baby T made me melt in pieces. He has that oh-so-adorable baby chunk things, the bluest eyes and a smile to kill. His momma is going to have her hands full when he gets older.

There were so many cute images but here is a sneak peek into our session!

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