Jackson is ONE!

I first took photos of this family last fall, and mentioned to Julie, Jackson’s mom, that we should definitely schedule a cake smash photo session for his first birthday. Cake smashes are fun- the kid gets to enjoy some cake, and I get to take some cute and messy photos to celebrate a milestone first birthday. Julie put all the props together for the shoot and we were ready to go!


Except when the birthday boy doesn’t like his cake. That’s right. Julie ordered an adorable cake and Jackson did not know what to do with it. When he tasted a little of the icing, he made a face like he had just eaten something more along the lines of sauerkraut or pickle juice!

This was quite a surprise to Mom and Dad, who noted that he puts everything in his mouth. Leaves, dirt, you name it- much like every other kid his age. Maybe he just doesn’t know what to do on the floor. Maybe he’ll start eating if we put him in his high chair?

Jackson started out being really excited, but his attitude changed when he realized he was getting that same old cake in the chair. He wasn’t having it… Although, Dad was kind of proud of him for not tearing into the cake.

And if he had gotten all messy with the cake, we might not have gotten these adorable photos with the red balloon.


Happy Birthday, Jackson!

P.S. I hope your mom and dad enjoyed your cake!

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Marshmallows and the Mitchells!

My first photo shoot with the Mitchell family was a few years ago for maternity portraits when mom, Jenny, was pregnant with their first child, Ella. I’ve been documenting this beautiful family through photographs ever since. They’re now a family of four with two adorable little girls.

We started in the studio, and Ella warmed up to the camera after a little bit with marshmallow rewards for every smile. (Thanks, Mom and Dad for that ingenious bribe! It worked like a charm!)

Ella soon became the marshmallow keeper and even rewarded her mom for being such a good smiler!img_6842

We recreated one of Ella’s six-month photos with the necklaces for now six-month old Haley. img_6888

And we took lots and lots of one on one photos with Mom and Dad. Look at those smiles and precious moments!


Finally, we took a short drive to a nearby park and snapped a few last photos with a very special prop. This LOVE sign, has been incorporated into photos with the Mitchell family since our very first photo shoot, and it will continue to be an ongoing theme (obviously!) for many more. Thanks, Ben and Jenny, for this wonderful time!img_6926