Cake Smash Photos: Mia’s 1st Birthday

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Cake Smash Photography:

Date: 4th February 2017

Location: At home in Chermside

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Being completely honest, the success rate of a cake smash photo shoot isn’t all that high! Quite often the poor child looks on confused, wondering why they are being told to play with food all of a sudden after years of being told that playing with food is wrong! Not Mia! Mia loved it and dived straight in, covering herself in cake and getting a good few mouths full too! And it made for an awesome cake smash photo shoot!

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It was quite warm that day but happily Mia’s Mum and dad (Lydia and Anthony) had a Bali hut in their front yard that gave us some shade from the heat, meaning Mia could contrate on the task at hand!

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And she didn’t need too much convincing! Even with a good crowd of onlookers, she dived right in and had a blast!

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Happily, Mia’s elder sister Eleni was on hand to help when Mia started to flag!

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Lydia had sent me through a handful of cake smash photos she had found online and that she would like to capture the feel of – and I have to say the colours and styling that Lydia did was perfect! I adore the colours in these cake smash photos – the pinks and purples work amazingly well!

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After fifteen minutes or so, Mia’s belly started to get full and she needed a little rest from her cake smash! So cute!

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As Mia started to tire, Eleni, Lydia and Anthony (bravely!) dived in for some family photos!

And then it was time for a quick hose down and a change of clothes for the remainder of the party!

And after an amazingly fun party and highly successful cake smash photo shoot, I headed home with a piece of Mia’s amazing stripey cake that Lydia had made herself! Happy 1st Birthday Mia, and thanks so much for having me capture it!

I just wanted to let you know we’ve received our photos from Mia’s party. And can I just say… I simply cannot put into words how VERY happy I am with them!!! They are amazing! I’ve never had SO many photos returned from a photographer that are all so damn good! So thank you again so very much for helping us create these memories for such a special occasion.



Studio Shoot and Cake Smash: Madelyn’s First Birthday!

Madelyn’s First Birthday Studio Shoot and Cake Smash:

Date: 19th March 2016, 9am

Location: At Home, Bridgeman Downs

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I love doing studio photo shoots but don’t get to do them as much as I’d like; I think there’s an assumption attached to them that they are going to be a bit too stuffy and formal (and expensive!) but this isn’t the case at all! I have a portable photography studio so I can come to your house and get studio quality photos without the hefty price-tag (a portable studio means no rent!)

I was fortunate enough to do an on location family studio shoot for Lauren, Hayden and Madelyn last year in Wellington Point and they very kindly invited me back to capture some photographs for Madelyn’s first birthday. I didn’t need asking twice! I headed to their home in Bridgeman Downs one warm and sunny Saturday morning, which I found to be a hive of activity in preparation for the impending celebrations. I added to the melee as I colonised one corner of the house to set up the studio (a simple, unobtrusive process that takes 20 minutes or so) and by 9am on the dot we were ready to shoot!

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The best bit of advice I can give when photographing kids is to work quickly and to have lots of breaks to maintain their interest! We used the breaks to grab a dose of air-con (it was 34 degrees outside!) and to give Madelyn a rest from the prying camera! She did incredibly well and posed perfectly with Mummy and Daddy, then tried out the rugs and cushions I had brought along for some solo shots; but the hero of the morning was the pink helium balloons which she was intrigued by! Props are great for maintaining interest and for getting some awesome facial expressions! Good work Mummy!

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As Madelyn was being so patient with us, we grabbed some shots with Mummy and then Daddy, and then with little Oliver who also loved the camera, which made my morning an absolute breeze! Thanks guys!


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The extended family started to arrive at 9.30 and although the concentration started to waiver a little, Maddy was still a star and we grabbed some great shots with everyone!

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After around half an hour of family pics we headed to the garden for the cake smash! I love photographing cake smashes as you really never know what’s going to happen: confused innocence or outright carnage! Happily Madelyn was somewhere in between and happily demolished the cake for us without sending it flying through the air!

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Madelyn even got her first taste of cake – you can judge for yourself whether she was keen or not!

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And then once there was more cake on the birthday girl than there was on the floor, it was time for a bath and a snooze, and I said my goodbyes. Happy First Birthday, Madelyn!

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“Hi Andy,
Thank you so much for the work that you did on those photos. The disc arrived safely in the mail today. Hopefully there will be another occasion soon so that I can contact you again! It was great working with you again.