{Raleigh NC First Birthday Cake Smash Photographer} A Birthday at Raulston Arboretum

July 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I've been lucky enough to meet this little guy a few times over his first year of life.  The first time was last spring when he was born and I photographed his newborn portraits.  He was so adorable and fun to work with.  In the fall, I got to see him again for a fall mini session at Sugg Farm.  And most recently, we met at Raulston Arboretum to celebrate his first birthday.  We walked around the garden letting him explore, which meant picking up all sorts of rocks and twigs.  He even brought his new pillow chair from home.  Towards the end of the session, we set him down with a delicious banana flavored cake.  It's hard to tell what he liked better, the cake or his balloons.  As you can see he made quite a mess, but had a lot of fun! A little boy celebrating his first birthday with a photo session at Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC.  A little boy celebrating his first birthday with a photo session at Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC. A little boy celebrating his first birthday with a photo session at Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC. There was a big grassy field lined with flowers that was perfect for the cake smash.  Both the balloons and cake were a hit.  Dad was happy that some of the cake survived the cake smash because he wanted to try a little bit of the banana flavor. Luckily, there was a whole side of the cake that had gone untouched. 

A baby boy with a blue themed cake smash at a garden in Raleigh NC, by photographer Erica Courtine. A baby boy with a blue themed cake smash at a garden in Raleigh NC, by photographer Erica Courtine. A baby boy with a blue themed cake smash at a garden in Raleigh NC, by photographer Erica Courtine.

I love the last image where the little boy turns his back to the cake and decides that the balloons are way more fun.  For a few pictures, we ended up taking away the balloons so he was willing to give the cake a try.  

When it was time to clean up, it was a little cumbersome trying to figure out the best way to clean up this messy little guy.  We had baby wipes, water, and towels on hand to get the job done.  I love these shots of Dad picking him up, blue frosting and all.  He came to the session straight from work and you can tell that he's trying his best not to get blue frosting all over his clothes.  The little boy thought is was a fun game. 

Daddy holds a dirty baby after a cake smash photo session at Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh NC.  By photographer Erica CourtineDaddy holds a dirty baby after a cake smash photo session at Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh NC. By photographer Erica CourtineDaddy holds a dirty baby after a cake smash photo session at Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh NC. By photographer Erica Courtine

I had such a fun time doing this cake smash and photography session.  Is your little boy or girl about to have their first birthday?  Unlike indoor cake smashes with overdone props, I much prefer simple cake smashes, like this one, done outdoors.  A simple blanket and set of balloons are really all you need. My first birthday sessions are not limited to only your baby.  I'm happy to do some family and sibling portraits as well, for no additional charge.   If you are interested in a photo session to celebrate a first birthday, I would be honored to help.  Email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and we'll start planning your dream photography session.

 


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