Iris | First Birthday and Cake Smash

Oh Iris!

How is this sweet babe 1 already? // See her newborn photos HERE: Iris | Newborn / I’ve been so blessed to follow their journey from pregnancy to first birthday. Her mother, Chelsea, is actually starting her own photography business as well, and I’m SO EXCITED to see her talents take off!

Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer
Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer
Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer

I always start out my first birthday shoots with the little one in something comfy (and cute!) and with their favorite toy or book. It helps break through the stranger danger portion of the session, and lets me get some super cute “milestone” type photos. I used this cute letter board to subtly add a personal touch to her session.

Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer
Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer

Part two is where the real fun begins! As ya’ll know by now, I’m not a posey, or perfection seeking photographer. I set it up to look cute, boho whatever and then LET THEM EAT CAKE! This is when the magic happens. I will admit to occasionally “helping” a baby make a messy cake, but sweet Iris didn’t need any help tearing up her purple ombre cake from our local Military Commissary Bakery.

Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer
Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer
Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer
Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer
Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer
Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer
Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer
Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer
Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer
Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer
Washington DC birth and lifestyle photographer

Have you ever had a cake smash session for your little’s first.. second, or 10th birthday!? I’ve seen some epic 30th birthday ones.. JUST SAYIN’ if anyone ever wants to get some champagne and tacos! For now I’ll just be over here swooning over this sweet girl’s gallery <3