It had been quite some time since I had seen this awesome family though it felt like just yesterday I was taking big brother’s first birthday portraits. We had big plans to return to the same location, Benson’s in Hudson, for a little cake smashing (it would’ve been my first outdoor cake smash!) and some fall foliage portraits, but that sneaky Mother Nature had different plans. She toyed with us all morning via wishy washy forecasts, we finally had to change plans at the last minute since the cold and rain didn’t seem to be ending. Needless to say, I quickly set up for the cake in my little home studio and all was well. The birthday boy even got to take a warm bath after, a luxury he would’ve missed if we had been outside.
One of the things I like most about cake smashes is picking up the cake from my beloved Chickadee Hill Cakes in Sandown, NH. I usually give them some vague idea of what I want for a cake and then I am always happy to see what they create with what little direction I give them. Secondly, I get to smell the cake in my fridge for a day or two — um, yum!! And this time I actually picked up two cakes! I photographed a session for my own little guy’s first birthday — which I will blog eventually!
When it came to smashing, this little guy was pretty serious and a little unsure of it all. After knocking it to the floor and a few delicious bites, he became more interested in the balloons than the cake, but we still got him to crack a few frosty, smiles along the way.
Hello blue eyes. Once the cake was cleaned up, we quickly switched gears and headed to a nearby park for some portraits. While it wasn’t the original plan, it worked well and our cute little subjects did wonderfully despite the fall chill and misty weather. Mom had a beautiful red wagon birthday party for him so we of course had to incorporate a wagon into the photos. The apples were just supposed to be a prop but ended up being a snack — in all the photos. Sometimes you just gotta go with it for one year olds!