Turning one is fun!

see? i told you!

i met hunter's mom when we were both in crna school. since then, she has gotten married and had this cute little man, who turned one earlier this month!


she wanted a shoot based off the book 'where the wild things are', and they went all out to make it happen. a reason i decided to write this post is to answer a question i get asked often, which is "what do i bring if i want to do a cake smash?"


as always, i will prove my point visually!

If you notice, there are four distinct looks we were able to create in an hour photoshoot. To rotate themes throughout the shoot solves a few problems:

  • We are able to start simple! This allows for time getting some updated photos of the family on a neutral, undisturbed background.
  • We are able to work in multiple themes without the background getting too overloaded. If we would've done this shoot AND had the photos and the banner AND the different kinds balloons AND the cake AND the book... you get my point. WAY too busy.
  • Saving the cake smash & the confetti for the end allows you to avoid making a complete mess of everything!


my best advice for this is to decide on a color scheme or a theme, and go for it! get decorations of all sizes - big, medium, and small - because they all have their place! keeping a consistent color scheme will help your gallery look cohesive.


also, don't forget that simple is always an option! a cake smash or family photos on a plain white background are classic and beautiful. whatever you're drawn to, i can help you bring it to life!

Here are some more of my favorites - Hunter, you're the cutest!