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One Year Session - First Birthday Photoshoot - MA BABY PHOTOGRAPHER - Cake Smash Session - Dandelion Wild Photography

Ummm…I’m sorry but is he not the cutest baby you have ever seen in your entire life?

He has a personality to match too. He just smiles and smiles and smiles and I swear he’s going to be one of those sweet talkers when he’s older. I mean that boy is going to get away with everything. I mean come on…how does a mom say no to that sweet little mug.

I was lucky enough to capture Alex a few days after he was born. He was so cute then, but I had no idea he’d be THIS cute now. Mom pulled him out of the car and I nearly lost it. I love a good head of curls and baby blue eyes. Heck…I swoon over all babies. Every baby has something special about them and I’m not going to let parents go home without knowing what that is. Baby fever is not a sickness. It’s a disease people. A DISEASE! Once you have it, it NEVER EVER goes away. If you say you don’t want anymore kids…HA! I bet if I put one in your arms and told you he was yours you’d look at me all doe eyed with your bottom lip trembling and turn on your heels and run.

I love babies. There is just something about them. Unfortunately, I’ve passed my love for babies onto both my daughters. They’re like me only 10x worse. My youngest would go up to strangers and try taking their baby out of the little carrier without permission. She’s pretty stealthy and I’ve let her get as close to getting the chest clip and one buckle undone and then I’m running over to divert the situation. I don’t take my eyes off my children, you shouldn’t either. Take it as a lesson to you and be grateful she didn’t steal your baby. Because if she made it back to me we wouldn’t give him back! Well…at least until it’s time to go home and then we kindly return him because well…kidnapping is quite illegal…and I’m not about to go to jail simply because there are no babies there.

My oldest gets a baby in her arms and if you go anywhere near her she’ll let you know exactly how she feels about it. My shy little girl will negotiate her way into one more hour of baby snuggles while you wait babyless near by wondering what just happened. They are the two biggest baby hogs of them all. Get all three of us in the room and we play pass the baby until it’s time to go home. I don’t even care if they poop. I’ll change them. I have no problems with puke either. I mean obviously the most precious things in this world are going to do the two most disgusting things in this world, because well…nothing in this world comes easy and why should babies.

Look at this baby. Just look at him! Even his eyes smile.

One Year Old Cake Smash Session - Ladybug Theme

I love meeting new people!  I just love people and families and how uniquely dynamic they all are.  This family was so kind and super fun!  They were willing to do just about anything to get their little peanut to smile and laugh!  And what a happy and content baby she was!  She just went with the flow and really rocked her session.

We started off with some family photos. My favorite photos are natural and organic ones.  When a family just hangs out and loves on each other.  What better way to capture a family then in their element; together and madly in love.

Once we finished capturing some perfect moments outside, we moved it on inside to change her outfit and take a few more.  These are my favorite.  I just love creamy neutrals.

She's just absolutely stunning. After quick snack, I started setting up for her cake smash!  Her smash was a ladybug theme and it was probably my most challenging to imagine when I was designing her backdrop.  I didn't want to take away from her, knowing she'd be all decked out in her ladybug tutu.  So, I found a little inspiration in a box I have that has sunflowers and ladybugs.  This was the outcome...

As always, Amanda at Cakes by Amanda in Barre, MA did a fantastic job on the smash cake.

As always, Amanda at Cakes by Amanda in Barre, MA did a fantastic job on the smash cake.

Now, this little sweetie has a sweet tooth or two.  She loved her cake.  She didn't exactly destroy it...but she did enjoy it! <3

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She was perfect! I could have photographed her all day long. <3 Such a cutie

Happy Birthday, Ladybug! <3

One Year Cake Smash - Mickey Mouse Theme

So, Joshua is a very special boy to me.  <3 I have been photographing him since he was born!  Before he was even thought of, I photographed his big brother since he was just three years old and his big sister was just a teeny tiny little baby!

Believe it or not, he's actually one of the reasons I started this business!  Not only was he one of the last sessions I had at the studio I previously worked at, but he was also one of the first I photographed under my new business during my first month after launching!

His mum had contacted me and had asked if I'd still take pictures for her even though I no longer was working in the field.  I never expected for clients to reach out to me.  Although, after Josh's mom did, I understood since I've been working with them for so long.

Of course I couldn't say no!  I didn't want to miss out on photographing one of my favorite clients on such a special day.  Clients, of course, quickly become friends when you get the opportunity to celebrate their children and every milestone they reach.  I love getting the chance to watch them become beautiful little people...<3.  I undeniably grow very attached.  

I kept getting messages like this again and again from clients who noticed I was no longer affiliated.  It was a tad overwhelming at the time because I had hit a low point that I was trying to get out of.  It was so uplifting to read kind words and have clients search for me to make sure everything was ok.  It really validated how special this job was and how not only did I care about them, but they care about me as well.  It didn't take me long to realize, that photography makes me happy.  I in no way do this for the money.  I do it for myself to nurse my creative side.  I love creating beautiful images of beautiful people and sharing them with others who might enjoy it too.  I follow other artists who I idolize and whom also inspire me. 

So I sat my husband down one day and I had a serious conversation about it.  It didn't take much convincing.  He believes in me more than anyone else and we decided that it was a good idea to pursue this new dream. <3In his own words, "Whatever makes you happy."

Josh will never know the huge role he had played in where I am today.  (Although, his mom might share the story about the time he took a digger after his Christmas photos which resulted in an egg on his sweet little head.) <3At least it was after his session and we even NAILED a photo with all three kids smiling so perfectly! <3

So, Josh came to visit me to celebrate his first birthday.  He wasn't as happy to see me as I was to see him though.  He was not feeling his best and took his cake smash very seriously.  But he was by far one of the cutest little grumpy boys ever. <3

 

 

One Year Cake Smash - Pink and Gold Theme

I just adore this family.  I had the honor of shooting Miss Kendyll's auntie's wedding where I was able to meet everyone they love.  It was such a blast and it really encompassed the true meaning of family.  I live in a small town where farming of all kinds is prevalent and when I first moved here, I just remember how sweet the P family was to me every time I'd stop in to stock up on fruit and vegetables.  I have really enjoyed getting to watch their family grow over the years.

She has the most beautiful eyes. &lt;3

She has the most beautiful eyes. <3

When I first started out professionally, I had the opportunity to work with Kendyll's family except Kendyll wasn't even thought of then!  Her big brother was just born and I was learning and practicing how to pose newborns safely.  It was one of my first newborn sessions.  I remember it so vividly because it was one of my first experiences with newborn photography.

Now Miss Ken is ONE and I'm so happy I've been given the opportunity to watch everyone grow and the family get bigger.  She was THE MOST beautiful newborn with her sweet little face and long dark hair!  She had so much hair!  She was so fussy that day!  She just wanted her Momma to hold her and rock her.

When she came in to see me this weekend, she was so laid back and sweet.  She went with the flow and barely made a fuss.  She was so cute with her cake.  Her brothers dove right in, but Kendyll was a little more dainty about it.  ;) I loved spending time with her and her Mum.  Thank you for spending your morning with me! <3