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First Birthday smash cake
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.

First Birthday boho cake smash
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.

Holly Springs Maternity Photography | Laird Family


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!!

First Birthday Cake Smash Photography Raleigh
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.

First Birthday Cake Smash Photographer Raleigh
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!

First Birthday Cake Smash Photographer Raleigh
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.

Apex NC Newborn Photographer
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.

Apex newborn photographer
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.

Apex NC newborn photographer
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!

Apex Newborn Photographer | Raleigh NC

Raleigh first birthday photography
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
Cake smash photographer Raleigh NC
First birthday cake smash

Minion cake smash for Dallas

This cute minion cake smash was just perfect for Dallas.

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Cake Smash / First Birthday

I can’t believe that Dallas is turning one! It seems like just a few months ago that I was with him mommy and daddy for his maternity session. You can see a little glimpse of that maternity session HERE. I mean, he was tiny and in his mommy’s belly. Now he is sitting in my studio eating cake! I LOVE MY JOB!

As soon as we sat Dallas down in front of his minion cake, he went both hands in. He had one handful after another for a couple of minutes. Just as usual, he wasn’t a big fan of the texture of the frosting, but he did like the way it tasted.

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Cake Smash / First Birthday

Did you know that you can watch a replay of his minion cake smash on my T&T Photography facebook page. I usually encourage moms to watch some of these videos so that can see first hand, how the sessions usually go.

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Cake Smash Photography / First Birthday

Once he started to eat the cake he needed lots of water to drink in order to wash that sugar down. Dallas was just so chill and sweet for the duration of his cake smash. I helped make sure he had some cake on his toes, just like I usually do for the cake smash sessions. Most of the time the baby does it to themselves, and when they don’t…. I help. Did I mention that I LOVE MY JOB?

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Cake Smash Photography / First Birthday

When Dallas was done eating his cake, he was sure he let us know. He kept delaying eating more cake, wanting for more water then he continued to crawl off the set up. At one point he even stood up to walk out! Haha!

Minion cake smash
Cake Smash Photography

newborn photography lifestyle
Newborn Photography

Newborn Photography Lifestyle | Holly Springs | Newborn Photographer

Year after year, when I am able to work with the same family, I get to watch their children grow. It is such a special gift that I get to share in. It is even more special when that family grows. Especially when it is a family that just loves each other so much.

It’s wonderful to be able to also help a family that sacrifices through dads service with the Holly Springs Police Department.

Newborn photography lifestyle
Newborn Photography

These children could possibly be the sweetest and most well behaved children in the world. You can also see in their eyes how full their hearts how to have a baby brother to now love. When we switched up the shots, they were always eager to be the first in the picture. They both wanted to hold him and give him kisses. Once they were done with the session they really just wanted to stay and watch every breath their baby brother took. It was just so so sweet.

Holly Springs Newborn Photographer
Newborn Photography
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Newborn Photography

He was cluster feeding on the day of the session. (That means all he wanted to do was eat, all day and all night). So for his session you may think that he would be tired and sleepy. He was, but he fought falling asleep and watched us for the majority of the newborn session.

He would eat.

Start to fall asleep.

Then wake up as soon as he heard the camera.

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Newborn Photography

Then mom and dad had to hold him.

Then the cycle repeated itself. Haha.

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Newborn photography

And as soon as he finally fell asleep, the session was over. It’s funny because we were all tired and he was the only one that could take a nap. But while he napped we watched and adored those chubby cheeks.

Lifestyle newborn photographer Raleigh NC
Newborn Photography

newborn photography lifestyle

Newborn photography in home Raleigh
Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Newborn Photographer | In Home Newborn Photography | Raleigh, NC

As a newborn photographer, there are very few things more precious than when a husband and wife have a baby and fall in love together with their brand new baby. Not only do they fall in love with this brand new human together, but they fall in love with each other all over again. This was very obvious with this brand new mommy and daddy. And that is important, because mom is a Duke fan and dad is a UNC fan. They made it work. Haha!

In home newborn photographer
Lifestyle Newborn Photography

This little guy, “Holt”, was wide awake for our long in home newborn photography session. If he wasn’t watching us, he was wanted to get some more food from mommy. We all love when the newborns are growing and gaining the weight that the doctors want them to. But it does make the newborn session a little longer. It was so funny because every time he even got close to his mommy, he wanted to eat again. I stopped counting how many times he ate at 7.

Newborn photographer Raleigh
Newborn Photography

Even in this photo above, with mommy going nose to nose with him, he wanted to eat after the photo.

Newborn Photographer Holly Springs
Newborn Photography

I just love how much this family loves each other.

Newborn photography in home Holly Springs
Newborn Photography

Before each session, I have a consultation on the phones with my clients. We talk about all of the things about the session. In this case, mom was concerned that the house was still undecorated and they were waiting until having the baby to find out what they were having. Well they had a boy. That means at 10pm the night before the session, daddy was hanging up those adorable photos above the crib.

In home newborn photographer
Newborn Photography

It is obvious that daddy is looking forward to having a golf buddy in the coming years. And Holt is eating enough to make sure he is big and strong enough to give his daddy some competition.

Welcome Holt!!

Boy First Birthday Cake Smash
First Birthday Cake Smash

First Birthday Cake Smash | Raleigh NC | Cake Smash Photographer

It was such a joy to have Hayes in the studio a few weeks back for his very special first birthday cake smash studio session. There were so many personal touches added to the set up. The cute cake you see here was made by his very talented mommy. It was gluten free and mommy said it tasted like Oreos and was delicious. As always, I never got a taste of it, but I believe her. It was really moist and looked rich. I loved the special little details with the airplane and his name. I am certain that I would have never been able to do this great of a job on a cake.

Adventure cake smash
First Birthday Cake Smash
First Birthday Cake Smash
First Birthday Cake Smash

And to mention more on how many beautiful personal points were included in this first birthday cake smash, the cake stand was Hayes great grandmothers. I am not going to lie, at first I was super nervous to use it. First is was a glass cake stand and my professional fear is that it could fall over and break and cut him, but Hayes mommy assured me it was going to be ok.. and it was. (They don’t make things like they used to.) But I was also concerned that a piece of their family history could be lost. But clearly, Hayes was not worried about it! I mean look at that smile!

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First Birthday Cake Smash

But all of these concerns were for nothing. In fact, Hayes didn’t use the cake stand very long at all. It didn’t take him long to rip off his hat, knock over the cake smash just make an AWESOME mess.

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First Birthday Cake Smash

Another special touch included a vintage pilot leather hat. It was so cute on him, but just like most other 1 year olds, he wasn’t a fan of having something on his head. Every single time we tried to put it on, he took it right off. So we got to a point in which we just gave up on it. We were all ok with that choice! Haha!

But look how cute it was!! Especially in the mess of the cake.

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First Birthday Cake Smash

And the last mention of the special touches is obviously the rocker Harley Davison. This rocker was made with solid wood by Hayes grandfather. When I say solid wood, I mean it. It was so heavy! Again, they don’t make things of this quality these days, unless you are Hayes grandfather. I think we all need a grandfather like that!

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First Birthday Cake Smash

And just like that.. it was over. He let us know when he was all done making a HUGE mess with that cake. And he was ready to ride off into the sunset on his Harley.

First Birthday Cake Smash

Thanks for sharing your special first birthday milestone with me Hayes!

Wild One theme cake smash
“Wild One” Themed Cake Smash

Many times it can be overwhelming to try and figure out the perfect theme for a cake smash. Then there are times in which the theme for the cake smashes quite obvious. For this little guy, a Wild One cake smash session is easy to come by.

Wild one cake smash
Wild One Cake Smash

Sometimes the theme matches their personality. Although I would call this little guy wild, but I will say that he was absolutely full of laughter and joy and personality. He was trying to reach for the cake before his mom and dad tried to put him down. That is always a good sign. The one thing that he wasn’t really happy about was having the hat really happy about was having the crown. We aren’t sure if it was itchy or if he just wasn’t used to having something on his head… which is very common during a cake smash session. He took the hat off every time we put it on his head, so we just let it go.

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Wild One Cake Smash Session

I just love all of his pure cuteness. His smiles, his grins, the way he embraced all that is a cake smash session. He made a mess. That is highly encouraged, and it’s helpful when its a wild one cake smash session because it fits the name.

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Wild Once Cake smash session

He seemed to be really good with all the attention on him. He hammed it up for the camera.

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Wile One Cake Smash session

It’s always hilarious when you see the baby put their foot into the cake. At first it takes them by surprise but they usually turn it into a kicking game. In this case he realized that this was another way to make a mess and it served as positive reinforcement for him to do it again, and again… and again.

Wild cake smash
Wild Once Cake Smash session

At the very end, he was giving us all of the signs that he was done with the cake smash… but as he watched us clean up he has a little sad it was over. We had so much fun! This cake was designed and delivered by Baked By Billie.

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Wild One Cake Smash session

It had been a while since I had this theme, you can find that Wild One Cake Smash session HERE.

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In Home Newborn Photography Raleigh

This sweet newborn baby girl was wide awake for her entire in home newborn photography session. She fought falling asleep as hard as she could, and dominated.

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In home newborn photography
In Home Newborn Photography
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