I absolutely love getting to photograph one-year-old photoshoots. It’s one of those times that I know is so bittersweet for families. The excitement for what is to come is met with longing for your baby to stay little forever. Trust me, I get it.
But the truth is, your baby only turns one once and it’s worth celebrating! And what better way than with a cake smash and bubbles and all the snuggles from Mom and Dad?
We usually photograph one-year-old photoshoots around 11 months. This gives me plenty of time to edit your photos and have them to you for your little one’s first birthday party. Of course, you can wait until their actual birthday if you aren’t needing their photos before then.
What Does a One-Year-Old Photoshoot Look Like?
To start, I’ll have Mom come in to get her hair and makeup done. After that, we move on to wardrobe for the family. I have several dresses for Moms in various sizes and styles, as well as children’s clothing. I recommend choosing 2-3 outfits for the baby. And yes, we are still calling them your baby because they are…even if just for a little longer! We will change them throughout the session depending on how they are doing and handle changes.
Once we have everyone styled, I will start with your baby’s solo photos. Next up is their individual photos with Mom and Dad, followed up sibling photos, and then family photos. I really try to keep this part moving pretty quickly so that he/she doesn’t get bored. Usually, by the time we are done, they are too- BUT the cake smash tends to give them a second wave of energy!
Cake smashes are a lot of fun. You never know what you’re going to get, and it honestly varies from baby to baby. Some love it, some hate it, and some land somewhere in between. No matter the reaction, though, they are always the best photos.
Lastly, if you and your little one are up for it, we will end with a bubble bath. This gives you a chance to clean him/her up and it makes for really sweet photos.
Rachel Brookes Photography is a Cleveland Newborn Photographer specializing in photographing your baby’s first year. Rachel serves families from the surrounding areas including Avon, Bay Village, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Hudson, Kirkland, Lakewood, Mentor, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, and Solon.
You can read more about my client experience here – my goal is to take all of the stress off of you! If you’re ready to book your newborn session or a one-year-old photoshoot, contact me. My newborn studio is in Chagrin Falls and I only take 2 sessions per week!