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This handsome little guy just turned one. Look at that smile.


I typically don’t love shooting mid-day. The sun is high in the sky, and it’s not easy to escape UNLESS you can find some really nice open shade, and of course, I’m always looking for good backlight. I probably should start being less afraid of shooting during the day, this little guy’s session was still so dreamy for being just before lunch time.JIBlog2JIBlog3(5)v2

So very dapper. It’s no surprise that I loved this hat. Fun accessories can really add so much to a session!JIBlog4(5)

OH PLEASE — look at that smirk, this was one of my favorites from the session. I loved the light and the way he was so delicately holding the ginormous balloon.JIBlog4JIBlog5

Here’s where things got a little interesting. This was my first outdoor cake smash session. I’m trying to get away from doing them indoors, so I was really excited for this one. And of course, the cake — could it be more perfect? Chickadee Hill Cakes never disappoints! Mom said that he really got into his cake at his birthday party, so we were ready for some serious smashing.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd then this happened…. cake anxiety. Well, that’s what I’m calling it anyway  🙂  Similar to stranger anxiety — this little guy wanted NOTHING to do with his cake unless mom was right there next to him. We tried everything from moving the cake to different stands, giving him a blanket to sit on, even giving him a nice long break for some milk and a snack. JIBlog7

All he wanted was mama.JIBlog8

So, we improvised. Mom wasn’t planning on being in the photos – but we couldn’t let that beautiful cake go to waste, so she joined in on the session. She was a good sport and got covered in frosting. It may not have been the cake smash that either of us were envisioning but such is life with a one year old, you never know what you may get, so you just have to go with it.JIBlog9

See? Such a good sport, SO much frosting.

We had mama move out of the shot and gave it one last try toward the end, and well, you can see that he was having none of it. I’ll probably need to write a research paper on cake anxiety. 🙂 JIBlog11JIBlog12

This little boy sure loves his mama. Hope you enjoyed your sneak peeks. Happy Birthday, Jude! JIBlog13

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