A red, white, and blue firework cake smash for a 4th of July baby!

Fourth of July babies are one of my favorite themes for the summertime!

Baby Axel was born on July 3, and I loved celebrating this little firecracker’s first birthday with a red, white, and blue cake smash. This gorgeous fabric flag is one of my favorite props that I’ve made (see it in last year’s cake smash with Oscar!) , and I spray painted fireworks on the floor for an extra special touch for the birthday boy.

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Axel LOVED his cake! He was the happiest baby and he was all smiles and giggles once he tasted the frosting. He truly was the most efficient cake smasher that I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. I always like to look back at the timestamp on my camera for quick babies like this one, and he spent 8 minutes from start to finish with his cake, and less than 1.5 minutes in the tub! In the end we got a full gallery of smiles, laughs, and lots of cute little expressions from the birthday boy.

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"I Love You to the Moon and Back" First Birthday Cake Smash

You've spent the past 365 days getting to know your little one -- getting to know their likes, their dislikes, their personality.  Memorizing every birthmark, tracing the curve of their cheek, and marveling at their tiny toes.  

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You've spent 365 days deciphering their cries, figuring out their ticklish spots, and showing your silly side just to get a belly laugh out of this tiny human of yours.  You've lost countless hours (or entire nights!) of sleep and changed who knows how many diapers... but you've also earned smiles and snuggles from your baby that make up for the sleep deprivation.

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And now, your little baby is turning ONE.  They are right on the edge between infant and toddler, and you're getting used to a whole new reality filled with crawling, walking, climbing, a few first words, finger foods, and SO MUCH PERSONALITY.

This is a huge milestone, and it's why I love our first birthday sessions so much!  Our birthday portrait sessions (often combined with a cake smash!) are a chance to celebrate your baby's first year, and to celebrate not just surviving but ABSOLUTELY CRUSHING your first year of parenthood!

I was so excited when Marin's family contacted me to plan a birthday cake smash session for their little girl at our Attleboro studio during one of my trips back to Massachusetts.  Marin's mama had so many ideas for the cake smash, and I absolutely loved bring her concept to life.  Her favorite book is Guess How Much I Love You, and she adores the "Love you to the moon and back" quote at the end of the story.  I was thrilled to create a whimsical set up for the cake smash with stars, moons, soft fluffy clouds, and a quote hand-painted on the backdrop.  

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Of course, I've been excited to plan a celestial backdrop with stars & moons -- with my last name, how could I not be?  ;o)  So I was very happy to create the perfect whimsical and soft scene for this sweet baby girl's birthday session.  Her mother and I planned this together right down to the dress and the little crown on her head, and I just love how it all came together on the day of her birthday photo session!

(By the way, in even more exciting news, this backdrop is now on sale at Baby Dream Backdrops as a part of my designer line of drops for photographers!  Go check it out today!)

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Our popular birthday cake smash photo sessions typically book 2-3 months in advance.  I would love to plan your baby's birthday celebration with you!   We're now booking for 2017 -- and we're running an AWESOME Thanksgiving Weekend Sale this week to give you some major savings on all 2017 sessions, including cake smashes!  Preview our sale here in our online storefront.

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Read more about our cake smash sessions here, and then email us at hello@nicolestarrphotography.com and let's chat about celebrating your baby's first 365 days with your family!