A pretty peony cake smash for twins with boston cake smash photographer

Anya & Bela turned one, and celebrated with a truly beautiful peony cake smash at our Attleboro baby portrait studio! I absolutely loved celebrating the twins’ first birthday, and they were such a joy with so much personality!

We started with family portraits at Capron Park in Attleboro to capture lots of sweet cuddles and hugs from mom and dad. This is always such a beautiful location, and I love the trees and pavilion in the background!

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays

Next we headed back to the studio for their soft, feminine, and floral cake smash! I created a brand new backdrop for the birthday girls with these gorgeous crepe paper peonies. We even used “one” cake toppers with a cute and subtle pink floral design printed on them!

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays

What I LOVED about this session was how differently the two sisters approached their cakes. Anya (left) was dainty and methodical, while Bela (right) dug right in, knocked it off the stand, and turned into what we fondly called “the cake monster” as she stood up with frosting-filled hands and walked towards the camera!

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays

I love this one with Anya looking to her sister to see how to smash and eat the cake!

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays

Inspired by this peony cake smash? Pin this image or any from the post above!

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer, peony cake smash, spring cake smash, peony cake, twin cake smash, twin birthday, first birthdays

About Nicole Starr Photography 

Nicole Starr specializes in newborn, baby & family photography and has been serving families in New York and Massachusetts since 2012.  She has a portrait studio in Saratoga Springs, NY for families in the Capital Region, and she also works with families at her Attleboro, MA studio and on location in Boston and on Cape Cod. 

The portrait studio is filled with neutrals, luxe fabrics, and very minimal props to keep the focus on your perfect little baby.  Our sessions are relaxed and fun, and we’ll enjoy an hour together (or up to 3 hours for a newborn session!) laughing, cuddling, and capturing authentic smiles and belly laughs with your little ones.  

Happy Birthday Barratt! A Simple Studio Session

Family portraits during our first birthday sessions are always some of my FAVORITE portraits to take in a baby’s first year. This is when parents have just gotten through their first year of parenthood. There have been so many new and exciting moments, a lot of ups and downs, and plenty of victories as they get to know this tiny human they created.

These sessions are always filled with laughter and awe as they look at their little one’s budding personality, and when Barratt’s parents joined me in the studio for his first birthday session it was no different. They were so in love with their little guy, and these cuddly portraits are some of my favorites this winter!

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer  Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer  Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer  Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer

The cream sofa in the studio is one of my favorite spots for timeless images that really let your family and their personalities shine. I always love placing a one year old on the sofa by himself and letting him sit, laugh, crawl, stand, and explore. These make for the cutest portraits of your baby right on the brink of becoming a toddler!

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer  Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer  Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer

We did a simple white and rustic cake smash for Barratt, and his mama requested that the only decor be our shiplap backdrop and bottle brush trees on the cake. Done!

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer  Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer

Barratt, of course, wanted to make the trees go “timberrrrrr” right away!

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer  Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer  Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer  Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer  Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer  Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer  Delmar NY Cake Smash Photographer | Loudonville NY Cake Smash Photographer

Oh The Places You'll Go First Birthday Cake Smash | Happy Birthday, Mallika!

One of my favorite things about being a cake smash photographer is when I get to work with clients who are just as excited about planning their baby's birthday photo session as I am!  

When Mallika's mom first contacted me about her daughter's cake smash, I instantly knew that we would be a great fit.  She had so many beautiful ideas for her daughter's birthday session, and it was really important to her that we create just the right look & style for her cake smash set up.  After many conversations, we decided that what she really wanted was a simple, classic, and minimalist look with a focus on the baby.  That is just my style!  :o)  Bring on the pure white seamless paper!  She also wanted to incorporate the soft colors and a quote from her favorite book, Dr. Seuss's "Oh the Places You'll Go".  

pink birthday girl romper from the stag and the swan, Albany NY photographer nicole starr photography

After I saw a picture of her beautiful little romper from The Stag and the Swan, the whole set came together in my mind and I loved bringing it to life!  I've been dabbling in calligraphy ever since attending a hand-lettering workshop with Sip & Script Boston (check out their page for a fun ladies' night out, and a new alternative to a paint night!).  Creating this calligraphy backdrop was my largest project to date, and I couldn't be more pleased with how it all came together for this charming little girl's birthday.

oh the places you'll go birthday cake smash
oh the places you'll go birthday cake smash with Albany NY photographer, Nicole Starr Photography

The little birthday girl, Mals, sure looks like she loved it too, doesn't she?  

Soft pink birthday girl cake smash, Albany photographer Nicole Starr Photography

One of my tried & true tricks for engaging one year olds during their photo session is to hide puffs in the frosting or on my white flokati rug.  If you are around any babies at all, you know that puffs are everyone's favorite snack and they are always a huge hit with these little ones.  Plus, they blend into the carpet or frosting, are small enough to fit into their tiny hands, and they do not leave a trace of crumbs on their teeth.  They are the perfect photo shoot snack!  

Mallika loved her puffs, and they kept her quite entertained while sitting on my curved bench prop.  I just love that in this photo, she has everything she could ever need -- a helping hand from her mom, and a snack within reaching distance.  Full bellies make for happy babies!  

Mr. & Mrs. and Co. curved bench prop, Albany NY photographer Nicole Starr Photography

This is the face of a girl who LOVES her puffs:

Albany NY cake smash baby photographer

In typical one-year old fashion, it's not uncommon for our cake smash sessions to end with a couple of tears.  After all, if someone gave you an entire cake and let you go to town on it, and then took it away from you just when it was starting to get really fun, wouldn't  you want to cry, too?  I think that these moments are just as cute & frame-worthy as the happy clapping, the bubbly laughter, and the sparkling eyes.  I always make sure to keep shooting when the tears start to come out, and it definitely makes for some fun memories!

Finally, a couple of family photos to celebrate surviving (and thriving in!) their first year of parenthood.  Congratulations, P. family!  Your family is absolutely beautiful, and I am so thankful that you invited me into your lives to capture this milestone for you to enjoy.