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Best cake smash in the studio yet! And that says a lot because I have done over 350 cake smash sessions to date and almost all of them, right here in Holly Springs at my home studio. This one isn’t awesome just because the smash cake from Baked by Billie was amazing. It wasn’t that the set up and backdrop from Intuition Backgrounds helped us pull in a boho feel. Yes, I have been designing boho styles cake smash sessions for a while, you can even see the first like it HERE. It was all about the star of the show, Millie.

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Cake Smash Photography

When Millie first sat down for her cake smash she was in good spirits and al least curious about that was about to happen. She went in for her first bite of this gorgeous naked cake accented with peonies, and it was all smiles, happiness and joy from that bite out. I cant even tell you how many times her mommy and I laughed at her reactions.

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Cake Smash Photography

Then she quickly realized she could eat as much of it as she wanted. And she ate more cake than any birthday baby has yet. One fist full after the other.

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Cake Smash Photography
Raleigh Cake Smash Photographer
Cake Smash Photography

This photo above could be any one of our faces, particularly those of us who love cake. (And for those of us who have had the happiness from Baked by Billies cakes… you can totally relate too!)

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Cake Smash Photography

She really enjoyed herself! And every single bite she took.

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Cake Smash Photography

While she continued to grab a handful of cake, she stood up. Maybe it was the sugar starting to flow, or maybe she just got so excited about this new and exciting experience. She didn’t miss a beat or a bite, she just grabbed for more. And ate that bite too! I will be honest, I thought, maybe we should call it a wrap being that she ate so much. But she was having such a great time and there wasn’t that much sugar because the cake didn’t have that much frosting. So we let her eat until she was all done.

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Cake Smash Photography

I am so so happy that this first birthday cake smash session was such a hit with Millie. She did a great job!

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Cake Smash Photography
Best cake smash
Cake Smash Photography

Now you can see why I said this was the best cake smash ever!

Being able to do what I love in the area that I call home, newborn photography Raleigh NC , is the greatest gift. And having absolutely beautiful families as clients is a photographers dream. I mean look at this beautiful family!

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Newborn Photography

You can totally see how in love they all are with each other. Watching new parents gaze at their newborn baby to look for the resemblance of themselves and watch the parents fall in love with each other all over again. It’s truly one of the most beautiful forms of love on this planet.

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Newborn Photography

These parents welcomed this sweet baby boy, Malcom into their homes, lives and hearts in September. They got settled in and got a “schedule” before scheduling the session. It’s so funny because Malcom woke up early that morning and he ended up staying awake for almost his entire newborn session. He was a little off his schedule and was maybe even a little confused as to why he was getting a bath so early AND getting his hair done. Speaking of his hair….
Y’all……..

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Newborn Photography

Have you ever seen a newborn baby boy with so much hair? I can tell you have have worked with a newborn baby girl (see her session HERE) with a ton of hair, but never a boy. We are all loving it. This hair did come at a cost to mommy….. during her pregnancy she had a ton of heartburn. So it must be that the old wives tale is true. His hair has so much color and dimension that it makes it hard to say what color it is. In some light it looks brown. Then in other light it has red tones. Switch the lighting again and you can see blond. I cant wait to see what happens with it!

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Newborn Photography
newborn photography Raleigh NC
Newborn photography

Here are a few more shots from Malcoms Newborn Photography Raleigh NC session.

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Newborn photography
newborn photography Raleigh NC
Newborn photography

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First Birthday Cake Smash Photography

First birthday smash cake smash sessions are my absolute favorite sessions. Especially when we color outside of the lines with designing a different feel. The bohemian styled cake smash session is such a lovely theme for first birthday cake smash sessions for little girls. This theme is has so many options. Being that it is so popular, I have started to have more options and props available to ensure that each session is different.

First Birthday smash cake
First Birthday Cake Smash Photography

This cake smash session took place in the studio located in Holly Springs, NC. Amanda slept for some of the ride and woke up and was ready for pictures.

First Birthday smash cake
First Birthday Cake Smash Photography

Note that I said ready for pictures.. I didn’t say she was ready for a first birthday smash cake session. She, just like many of the first birthday babies, wasn’t all about the cake. She is following in her big sisters footsteps. According to Amanda’s mommy, her sister didn’t care much for cake during her cake smash session either. But the great news was that Amanda didn’t mind hamming it up for the camera. I just loved how happy she was… and how committed she was to not have any cake.

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First Birthday Cake Smash Photography

The cake was perfectly designed by the very lovely and talented Baked by Billie. With the bohemian theme, a “naked cake”, many times works best to help pull off the look. Billie added faux pink and blush peonies. She added some additional peonies made with frosting. It really did make for a gorgeous cake.

I was so lucky to have the backdrop in stock as well. I have had it for a while, and I have only used it once…. maybe once. I was able to purchase the lanterns from another Holly Springs small business, Our Moments in Time.

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I am beyond blessed to be able to work with couples that turn into families. I first worked with this mom and dad on their beautiful wedding day in downtown Raleigh. I have since worked with them for their GENDER REVEAL session, maternity session for baby #1 and now a maternity session for baby #2.

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Holly Springs Maternity Photography
Raleigh Maternity photography
Holly Springs Maternity Photography
Holly Springs Maternity Photography
Holly Springs Maternity Photography
Raleigh Maternity
Holly Springs Maternity Photography

Being blessed to be by there to document a family, from the wedding day to the birthday day of baby #2, its a gift I keep close to my heart.

This family is just so loving and caring to one another. During this maternity session on the Holly Springs Greenway, it was close to 100 degrees. The air was completely stagnant. We knew we had to shoot the session kinda fast so that everyone wasn’t dripping of sweat and beet red in the face. There were plenty of pesky knats and here were some mosquitos biting that hurried us along. But I could spend an entire evening with them. I love the way that they all look at each other… particularly the way Peyton and her daddy look at each other. It really is so sweet.

And let me tell you how excited this sweet little girl was to be waiting on a little brother, so she could take the glory of being a big sister. But this isn’t just a big sister thing… this is a family thing. They will all have a hand in taking wonderful care of and making this new baby boy feel so very loved. It really is an “all hands on deck” kind of love.

I look forward to meeting this little guy and seeing how much more love this family has as they continue to write their story.

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First Birthday Cake Smash Photographer Raleigh
First Birthday Cake Smash

Time flies when you are having fun! I mean, this handsome little man is celebrating his first birthday with a cake smash. It feels like just last month that I was at his home taking his newborn photos. You can get a glimpse of that newborn session HERE. Look how much he has grown!!

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First Birthday Cake Smash Photography

I am a little obsessed with how this session turned out. I am a lover of simple, so that we can focus the session on the birthday baby, not all of the other things going on. I am a firm believer that having a cake smash session that is simple, makes for a happier birthday baby too. They aren’t distracted with balloons or tissue puffs. Instead they find it fun to play with the camera, which allows us to get the smiles.

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First Birthday Cake Smash Photography

This naked smash cake was made by the amazingly talented Baked by Billie. Billie does a fantastic job and follow up with customers and truly works with me and my clients to ensure she makes the best cake for the vision we have for the session. In this cake, I love the leaves that we set at the base of the cake. To be honest, I thought Vincent was going to try and eat them…. lucky for us – he had NO interest in eating the leaves. He didn’t eat much cake either… as you can see from the photos below.. we had to bribe him with some cheerios. That worked out for us and he did like playing in the cake and making a little bit of a mess too!

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First Birthday Cake Smash Photography

Talking a little more about the set up, we used a wooden cake stand (this is one of the most popular cake stands I have because it goes with boys and girls first birthday sessions) and two twigs of vines across the back. The lighter paper allowed all of his features to pop and allowed us to focus on his cake smash session. This made all of us happy, happy, happy.

First Birthday Cake Smash Photographer Raleigh
First Birthday Cake Smash Photography

First Birthday Cake Smash Photography Raleigh

Apex newborn photographer
Newborn Photography

Apex newborn photographer

Imagine for one moments… that you have THREE daughters ages 5 and under. Well for the Hunnings family, they are so blessed that they don’t have to imagine this life at all… they live it. (I told dad that I would be checking on him as the years go by. Haha!)

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Newborn photography

This is such a sweet family, where dad is outnumbered. But I can tell you that I could feel all the love they have for each other as soon as I walked in for their in home newborn photography session. The two older sisters were eager to help in any way they could. And they were so very well behaved. The oldest sister wanted to help me pick out headbands for her newest little sister.. which was so stinking cute.

Mommy picked out perfect outfits for this session. The older girls wore beautiful white summer dresses, daddy sported the blue and mommy had a beautiful blush pink top on with her white jeans. It was so feminine. But mom is fantastic with picking out clothing for her family. She rocked the family session they had last summer. You can see photos from that family portrait session HERE.

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Newborn photography

One thing is for sure, none of us could stop looking at this beautiful baby girl. And we had plenty of time to look at her because she insisted on being held for the majority of her session. Every time we would put her down, she would open her eyes. It made for a little bit of a longer newborn session, but it is wonderful to get those newborn baby snuggles in.

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Newborn photography

In this photo above, she was set down for about the time it took to click the shutter button… and then she woke up again. And the same thing happened for the photo below. We got her fed, swaddled, burped, rocked, sleeping then those eyes flew open again.

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Newborn photography

We eventually got all the shots, but her eyes were open for most of them.

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Newborn Photography
Newborn photography

If you are expecting and haven’t booked your newborn session yet, I would love to hear from you!

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First birthday cake smash

Cake Smash Photography for First birthday | Zander | Holly Springs NC

It is so hard to believe that we celebrated this little guy’s first birthday celebrated this little guy’s first birthday with an absolutely adorable cake smash session for his first birthday photography session. He is the 3rd and last of the Faust family kids that I have had a ton of fun working with. However, this is the first cake smash session that mom didn’t have to get overly involved and eat a bunch of cake herself. His older brother AND big sister had to have mommy help with the cake smash. Not Zander, he was good to go all by himself. But we did get mom into a couple of shots, because… tradition. Look how much he liked having mommy be in some shots.

First birthday photography cake smash
First birthday cake smash

Can we talk a little about the setup? Now, I have done a session similar to this, actually 2 sessions similar to this.. but this one is just a little different. The last 2 first birthday photography sessions with the navy backdrop and stars included gold stars. Notice that these ones are silver. Zanders room is designed by his mommy and is blue with stars. This setup just felt right. I took some time cutting out silver stars and boom here is what we got. The cake was designed, made and delivered by Baked by Billie. Billie and her team do such great job at seeing the vision and executing it. And her cakes are SO yummy.

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First birthday cake smash

Henry took just as much pride in smashing the cake as he did eating some of the cake. Unlike his brother, he did eat it. His big brother fed lots of cake to him mom and not so much himself.

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First birthday cake smash