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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A Pool Party Cake Smash for Baby Luciano - Clifton Park Cake Smash Photographer

It’s a POOL PARTY!!!!

Summer is always such a fun time, and I love showcasing classic childhood fun in our birthday sessions. Everyone always loves a pool party, and when Luciano’s mama suggested a pool party cake smash to go along with his first birthday theme, I knew exactly what we would do for his set!

Beach balls, a striped beach towel, lots of splishing & splashing, and the cutest little swim trunks and sunglasses for the tiny swimmer.

First we started with family portraits at the Hall of Springs in SPAC, Saratoga Springs. I just love how relaxed and cuddly these portraits are of one-year old Luciano with his mommy & daddy. It seems like just a short while ago that we were celebrating this sweet boy’s arrival in his serene nursery with a lifestyle newborn session, and now he’s full of smiles and giggles and turning ONE!

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This adorable rocking horse is from his nursery and was in his newborn portraits, and I was so happy that they brought it to his birthday session for a few portraits, too!

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Luciano LOVED the bathtub! He was all smiles once he was in the water, and I love how expressive this little guy became when he was splashing around!

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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.  

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!

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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!

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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!

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

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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.  

Lena's Simple Peony Cake Smash

All of our first birthday sessions start off with family portraits. During the cooler months, we do these portraits indoors at our Saratoga Springs studio. We always use a simple neutral backdrop so that your family photos will look amazing in any room of your home.

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I love celebrating ONE YEAR of parenthood with families! Sessions are filled with laughs, baby cuddles, tickles, songs, and games. Birthday girl Lena loved it, and she gave us the cutest little smiles!

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Next up was her cake smash. We planned a simple peony garland for the decor with some white balloons to keep it festive for her first birthday. Add in a flower crown and one of our baby rompers from the STUDIO BABY WARDROBE, and it all came together perfectly!

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Lena’s cake stayed on the cake stand for only 15 seconds.

She was truly a master smasher! She knocked the cake off right away, and then she dug right in! I love her huge smiles, and cute little giggles, and the way her hands filled with sticky cake & frosting so that it looked like she was wearing big mittens made out of cake.

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Face first! See?? She truly was a pro!

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Of course we finished with a bathtub splash, and this sweet baby girl was as happy as can be. I mean, really… cake AND a bubble bath? It doesn’t get any better than that!

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We are OBSESSED with peonies here at Nicole Starr Photography! Check out Ellie’s gorgeous cake smash with peonies here on the blog, too!


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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.  Nicole also works with families year round at her Attleboro, MA portrait studio, and on location May through October in Boston and on Cape Cod.  Nicole has a clean and classic style, and the studio is filled with neutrals and luxe fabrics.  We use 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.  

An All White Boho Cake Smash with Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer

World, meet Milani. The happiest baby girl who just turned ONE!

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This little sweetheart joined me at our Saratoga Springs portrait studio for her first birthday session, and I loved celebrating with a simple boho cake smash with lots of white and just a hint of blush pink and greenery.

We used our teepee (check out our super popular DIY post here!) and some twinkle lights, and then Milani was center stage!

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She was so cute and kept wanting to share her cake with her parents!

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And when she clapped for herself, she melted everyone’s hearts!

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Some Bunny is One! Charlotte's Cake Smash

We have another Baby Planner graduate!

I can’t believe that Charlotte is ONE! Her mama first reached out to me early last year and we discovered that our due dates were only one day apart! Charlotte came early, and then our Grayson arrived early, and the two have enjoyed a bunch of play dates & walks together this year!

We had such a great time at our Saratoga Springs portrait studio for her birthday session, and I just love all of the cute family cuddles that we captured to celebrate their first year as a family of three.

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Charlotte brought her favorite little elephant and she was so sweet and cuddly with her toy! This is what ONE looks like for their sweet baby girl!

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With a spring birthday close to Easter, we planned a simple floral cake smash with a “Somebunny is One” theme to go along with her birthday party theme. I love how it came together with this cute bunny cake topper!

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While dainty, she was definitely cute digging into her birthday cake for the cake smash!

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I think the wooden spoon was her favorite part of the whole thing! Just look at that beautiful smile!

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An English Garden Cake Smash with Peonies

Sweet little Ellie came to the studio for her first birthday session, and it was absolutely perfect! We started her beautiful session with family portraits, and this baby girl just lit up everyone in great big smiles and laughs!

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I loved planning this session with her mama to bring her dream of an English garden and tea party to life. We used a white backdrop and billowy curtains, loads of fluffy pink peonies, and a few beautiful bird cages, too! We have an itty bitty tea set in the studio, and Ellie played with her favorite stuffed animal and shared a tea party with her elephant. It was the cutest thing ever!

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Ahhhhh!!! Don’t you just love how excited she is about her cake?!?! I love when babies show off their clapping skills during their first birthday sessions!

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Bathtub splash at the end! Guess who wanted to eat all of the soap bubbles?!

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Natalia's Cake Smash with an Amethyst Balloon Garland

Balloon garlands are getting popular for our cake smash sessions, and this gorgeous amethyst purple one might just be my favorite balloon garland yet!

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Natalia came to the studio for her newborn session last year, and we incorporated purple because that was a prominent color in the nursery. Naturally, we wanted to use this color for the cake smash, too! But first we captured some incredibly sweet portraits of Natalia and her big sister together .

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This sweet birthday girl was a little hesitant about her birthday cake, and spent a good amount of time crawling away from her cake at first… but eventually she really dug in and really rocked her cake smash!

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Haha, this little stretch of hers is my favorite!

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Big sister joined in at the end!

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A Baby Shark Cake Smash by Nicole Starr Photography

Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo…

Every family that comes to the studio knows this song, and just about every family with a little one under 5 recognizes the tune. The Alexa in the studio basically plays this song on repeat!

I was so excited when Wells’ mama asked for a Baby Shark/under the sea cake smash for his first birthday! This was definitely a fun theme to design, and I loved creating all of the ocean elements by hand and pulling them together for a perfectly cheerful set up with just a hint of “Baby Shark” for the sweet birthday boy.

Even the birthday cake was made to look like ocean waves with graham cracker “sand”!

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Wells wasn’t totally into the cake, and we spent a good bit of time following him around the studio because he LOVED showing off his crawling skills during his cake smash session.

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His big brothers and sister joined in at the end, which is always so much fun! Hahaha, he may not have been so happy about sharing that delicious cake, though!

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Thankfully this baby boy LOVED the bathtub, and the smash & splash was an absolute success with so many smiles and lots and lots of splashing!

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A Pink and Silver Winter Wonderland Cake Smash for Kataryna

Winter ONEderland is always a very popular cake smash theme this time of year, and I loved pulling together this beautiful first birthday session for little miss Kataryna’s birthday! Lots of snowflakes, bottle brush trees, fluffy white snow, and pink and silver accents all came together beautifully for the most perfect first birthday photo session.

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How sweet is her little ponytail?! Her mama found the perfect tutu months in advance, so I designed her cake smash decor to match.

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This baby girl LOVED standing up! She was walking all over the studio, and I found frosting in all sorts of interesting spots when I was cleaning up after her session. That’s always the fun part of our cake smashes — they get MESSY and these birthday babies always have us laughing!

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Kataryna finished her cake smash with a splash in the bathtub, and she even brought her own bath toys from home for a special little touch!

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Pumpkins and Leaves for an Autumn Cake Smash

It’s hard to believe that little miss Evelyn is ONE! I’ve enjoyed seeing this Baby Plan sweetheart every few months throughout the past year, and I was excited to plan a beautiful autumn cake smash for the birthday girl.

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We chose a fall theme because her parents LOVE everything about the fall — the colorful leaves, crisp air, pumpkins, and delicious foods, to name a few! I incorporated as many of those things as possible into Evvie’s cake smash decor, and I love how it came together with the birch trees and falling leaves, and of course the twinkle lights!

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It’s not often that we get one-year olds in the studio who are standing and walking at the time of their cake smash, so it was such a treat to capture this cutie in action as she towered over her cake! The funniest part was when she toppled over right on top of the cake and hugged the cake to stop herself from falling!

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A Rose Gold Cake Smash Session for Anastasia

It feels like summer wasn’t that long ago, and already I miss the warm days and gorgeous green leaves that made for such a beautiful backdrop for our family portrait sessions.

We celebrated Anastasia’s first birthday with family portraits at Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, followed by a rose gold cake smash here at the studio! This little miss was the star of the show, and she was all smiles for her family portraits.

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Her cake smash decor was inspired by this beautiful tutu that her mother found on Etsy. Sometimes the outfit is what inspires an entire set-up! I had been eager to make a balloon garland so I pulled together some gorgeous rose gold balloons and confetti for the perfect birthday backdrop.

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Anastasia loved it!

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We finished up her session with a bathtub splash, and Anastasia had a blast playing with the rubber duckie. I love how she looks like she’s talking to it here!!

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Johnny's Cowboy Boots Cake Smash with Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer

When Johnny’s mom was trying to come up with a theme for his cake smash session, she casually mentioned that his dad had a ton of cowboy boots because he grew up in Texas. That was all the inspiration I needed, and we created a very fun BOOTS cake smash for the birthday boy!

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Johnny was super excited about his cake, and he is one of only two babies EVER to completely demolish his cake during a session. Most babies pick a little frosting and cake off the top, but very few smoosh the entire thing into the floor and eat a lot, too. Johnny did! He’s a cake smash champ!

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As you can tell, he REALLY got into it and took his birthday boy job very seriously!

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Floral Cake Smash with Saratoga Springs NY Cake Smash Photographer

I first met Miss Lila for her 6-month milestone portraits, and it was such a joy to welcome her back to the studio to celebrate her birthday with a cake smash & family portraits!  

(Psssst!  Check out her 6 month session here to see how much she's grown!)

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We planned a floral theme with a little bit of sparkle, and this dainty little miss wore the perfect dress and the most beautiful smile throughout her session.  

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Lila's mom, dad, big brother, and big sister were all in the studio for the cake smash, and they worked hard to get her to laugh!  Her dad succeeded the most, and before long he had Lila in an endless round of giggles and belly laughs.  It was truly so much fun!

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Once she dug into her cake, Lila realized that she LOVED it!  These action shots are oh-so-adorable!

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I always love the crying shots as a fun way to show the ending of the cake smash story!  

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After being so patient and helpful, Lila's big brother & sister wanted in on the birthday action, so they jumped in for a few bites at the end.  The remainder of the birthday cake was gone in seconds, but Lila didn't mind sharing!

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Did you love this cake smash?
We've been all about the fresh flowers lately!
Check out these two sessions with beautiful florals, too!

A Tea Party Cake Smash for Abigail with Saratoga Springs, NY Cake Smash Photographer

When Abigail's mom told me that she's more of a vintage lace & pearls kind of girl than a glitter and glam kind of girl, I was so excited to create the perfect session for her birthday girl. 

We went with a tea party theme and used lace doilies, teacups, and the most beautiful dresses that looked like vintage china patterns.  They did the same theme for Abigail's birthday party, and many of the decorations they actually used at their wedding a few years ago!  How perfect to be able to use them again to celebrate their little girl turning one!

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When we photographed Abigail's newborn session last summer, we captured a few sweet moments of her big brother Oliver holding her in this chair.  I'm so glad we recreated this for her first birthday!  Click on the link to see how much they've both grown!  

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No tea party is complete without fresh flowers & cake!  These purple hydrangeas came from the front yard on my way to the session that morning, and they were the perfect addition to really make the decorations pop.  Add in a sweet little birthday girl, and it's magical!

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We wrapped up her session with a little bathtub splash, and Abigail soaked everything in sight. This girl LOVES her baths, and she had so much fun splishing and splashing in the tub.  

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Willem's Nautical Inspired Cake Smash | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer

Oooooh baby!

Willem is ONE!  We celebrated this little cutie's first birthday with family portraits in downtown Saratoga Springs, and a nautical cake smash back at the studio.  I just love this little spot in Saratoga for family photos, and it was the perfect tree-lined street for their portraits.  

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

Right on the brink of toddlerhood, this little man is testing out his independence and learning to do things on his own.  It's hard for mom & dad to let go, and that's why I adore this photo with his dad's arm reaching for him as he takes a few unsteady steps down the sidewalk.

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This tiny sailor was so much fun for his cake smash!  I love the little nautical outfit that mom picked out for the birthday boy, and he had so much fun with the hat that his family brought in, too!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

Willem even tested out his standing skills with his cake!  We were certain he was going to topple over on top of the cake, but he stood strong and instead used his spoon as a sword to swat at his cake!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

Boho Floral Cake Smash | Saratoga Springs NY Cake Smash Photographer

Our cake smash sessions are a whole lot of fun, and as much as I love watching babies try their birthday cake for the first time, I also ADORE the sweet cuddles and giggles during the family portraits that we do at the start of every cake smash session.

This summer has been so much fun as we start all of our family portraits outside.  Gianna's family was absolutely wonderful to work with, and I love how playful they were with their one year old baby girl.  Plus, the light in this little spot in downtown Saratoga Springs is absolutely dreamy!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

Gianna's mom brought a big pink balloon to their session, and I was so excited to capture these sweet moments with the birthday girl.  Just look at her striking a little pose!

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Those first steps are such a momentous milestone for every family, and I always enjoy capturing these little babies as they start to test out their walking feet at this age!

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We went back to the studio for Gianna's boho floral cake smash.  This is a very popular theme at the studio, and I love challenging myself as an artist and finding new ways to design each set.  We did a floral wall for Gianna, and it was perfectly soft and whimsical.  She loved it!!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
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A little help from mom...

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Baby toes in the cake!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

We finished Gianna's birthday session with a bathtub splash at the end.  This is always a fun way to capture more smiles and so many adorable expressions, and Gianna absolutely loved it!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
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A Fourth of July Cake Smash with Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer

When you're born on the 4th of July, a red white and blue photo session is definitely in your future!  Oscar's family has been coming to our Saratoga Springs portrait studio since their oldest son turned one, and this summer I got to celebrate their littlest one's first birthday with them, too!  

We started with some gorgeous family portraits outside, and the location matched their wardrobe choices perfectly.  I just love these classic colors in the summertime!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

Brothers!!  How cute are they?!?!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

This turned out to be one of my FAVORITE cake smash sets.  I especially love how it photographed from up above with all of the stars covering the floor and surrounding the birthday boy.

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Seriously, he was SUCH A LITTLE HAM!  Oscar loved the camera, and he couldn't stop smiling and giggling the entire session!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

Now that is how you smash a cake!  

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

We finished Oscar's cake smash session with a tub bath, and he loved splashing in the water and was all smiles for us.  See that wide-open laugh below?  His big brother made THE EXACT SAME FACE during his tub bath after his cake smash session in 2017.  (It was a cookies and milk session, and oh so cute!  Go check it out on the blog!)

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Killian's Newspaper Inspired Cake Smash | Saratoga Springs NY Cake Smash Photographer

This sweet little guy came to me for his newborn portraits a year ago, and it's hard to believe that he's already a toddler!   Killian joined me at the studio for his first birthday cake smash session, and we had so much fun with this spunky little boy filled with personality & smiles.

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

Plus, how dapper does he look in his little newsboy hat and vest?  This was the perfect outfit on Killian, and he absolutely rocked it!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

He was all smiles with mama and daddy, and they definitely enjoyed lots of tickles on the couch!

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A year ago, Killian's dad brought his police hat to the studio for the newborn session.  We wanted to incorporate this into his cake smash to show how much their baby boy has grown, and Killian was the perfect little model posing with his daddy's hat!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

That newsboy hat gave us the idea to use newspapers in his cake smash, and I love how this simple backdrop turned out with the white balloons in the foreground!  Killian was a little hesitant about his birthday cake at first, but once he picked up the most massive hunk of cake and took a bite (and we all exploded in laughter), then he really got into it and had so much fun smashing his cake.

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Cake Smash Photographer | Boston Cake Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Family Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

Here is his with that huge hunk of cake...

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And right after that first bite when he was deciding whether he liked it or not!  In the end, he decided that it's cake and it's AMAZING, so he dug right into the rest of it!