Is “Best First Birthday Photographer” a thing in Washington, DC? If it wasn’t before, it certainly is now. I LOVE first birthday parties, and I LOVE photographing them. After a year full of huge developments and mastering milestones, everyone deserves a little cake, especially the birthday baby!
I recently heard that the majority of brain development happens in the first three years, and I certainly believe it after interacting with all of the babies I photograph. It’s truly incredible that such a tiny newborn can learn to interact, recognize faces, walk, eat, and even say a few words after just twelve months! As a parent myself, I know it’s hard to see the transformation as it’s happening day to day, but as a photographer, the outside perspective allows me to capture just how much growth goes on from month to month.
So, after all of that hard work, these babies deserve to eat, squish, smash, or poke at their cake. This is a time to celebrate them! Even if your little one doesn’t remember the party ten years from now, the experience – all of the love, support, and happiness – sticks with them and encourages them to grow even more. They know they are in a safe place, and they love feeling celebrated (don’t we all?)!
This little cutie was so much fun to celebrate! Istiaq is turning one, and his parents wanted to commemorate the occasion with a special photo shoot featuring the birthday boy. I love that they picked multiple backdrops and photos, yet they all fit within a similar coordinating color scheme. Before we “took off” with the with the cake smash, we did a fun hot air balloon set, complete with colorful balloons and an adorable knitted flying “helmet” and goggles! This handsome little boy is quite the stoic, and nothing seemed to faze him, yet he was pretty content the whole time!
When it was time for the cake smash, they dressed him in a handsome tie, shorts, and cap (without the shirt). He wasn’t sure what to think about the layers of fluffy frosting and looked at it questionably as if to say, “You spent all year telling me not to stick stuff in my mouth, and now you want me to taste this crazy looking thing?!”
Yet, in the end, he did taste it. I think he preferred the balloons over the cake. After the cake “smash” we took a few cute shots in the tub before heading outside the take some family shots in the fresh air. Overall, I think this session was a hit!