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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Nicole Starr Photography | Boston MA Cake smash photographer, Saratoga Springs NY cake smash photographer, Delmar NY cake smash photographer, Loudonville NY Cake smash photographer, New York cake smash photographer, cake smash photographer, patriotic cake smash photographer, red, white, and blue cake smash, Fourth of July, Fourth of July cake smash
Nicole Starr Photography | Boston MA Cake smash photographer, Saratoga Springs NY cake smash photographer, Delmar NY cake smash photographer, Loudonville NY Cake smash photographer, New York cake smash photographer, cake smash photographer, patriotic cake smash photographer, red, white, and blue cake smash, Fourth of July, Fourth of July cake smash
Nicole Starr Photography | Boston MA Cake smash photographer, Saratoga Springs NY cake smash photographer, Delmar NY cake smash photographer, Loudonville NY Cake smash photographer, New York cake smash photographer, cake smash photographer, patriotic cake smash photographer, red, white, and blue cake smash, Fourth of July, Fourth of July cake smash
Nicole Starr Photography | Boston MA Cake smash photographer, Saratoga Springs NY cake smash photographer, Delmar NY cake smash photographer, Loudonville NY Cake smash photographer, New York cake smash photographer, cake smash photographer, patriotic cake smash photographer, red, white, and blue cake smash, Fourth of July, Fourth of July cake smash
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Baby Starr | A Llama Cake Smash for Grayson

Jeff and I have shared an inside joke about llamas for as long as I can remember. I think it was one of the very first weekends that we were dating when we were walking around downtown Saratoga Springs, and we saw a llama standing on the sidewalk poking its head into the windows of a bar and leaning over a table inside of the restaurant. Ever since we have spent years worth of scavenger hunts with a bonus llama category that would give us extra points.

Our family knew the llama story, so Grayson received a few gifts this year that were llama related. He has a llama for his crib, and his favorite books are the Llama Llama series — he gets so animated every time we open these books and he puts his hand down to stop turning the page so that he can really enjoy what he sees, pointing and babbling to the llamas in front of him.

So it was only natural that we did a llama cake smash with our little guy! (Who, by the way, I still can’t believe is ONE!! Where did this year disappear to?!?!)

llama cake smash for baby's first birthday

This adorable llama cake lasted all of 25 seconds because our son is in a fun new stage of “I must knock everything over!!” The cake fell upside down off the cake stand TWICE within the first 3 minutes of his cake smash. He’s a talented little smasher!

llama cake smash for baby's first birthday

There he is contemplating the very best way to get the cake off of the cake stand!

llama cake smash for baby's first birthday

I will never grow tired of photographing little baby feet! His feet are already turning into muscular and lean toddler feet, and he’s losing the squishy padding that he used to have beneath his toes. Stop growing up so fast, baby boy!

llama cake smash for baby's first birthday
llama cake smash for baby's first birthday

The sad face was when I took away his wooden spoon! This boy loves to feed himself and he is obsessed with spoons!

Of course we finished up with a bathtub splash, and Grayson LOVED tubby time! His favorite song for bath time is “Splish Splash (I was taking a bath)”, so once it came on he was giggling and splashing all over the place.

llama cake smash for baby's first birthday
llama cake smash for baby's first birthday

My sweet boy! I love you so much, and I can’t believe that we just finished your first birthday cake smash! Where did this year go?!?!

A Donut Smash for Dylan's First Birthday with Union Square Donuts | Boston Baby Photographer

Who said cake smashes can only include cake?  Dylan celebrated her first birthday with donuts from Union Square Donuts in Somerville, and I'm in love!!

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This donut smash was such a fun way to celebrate Dylan's first birthday, and I love that her mom came to me with a totally unique idea, inspired to try something new and give her daughter a birthday experience that was extra special to their family -- they are regular Sunday morning customers at their local donut shop, of course!

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Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Donut Smash Photographer | Boston Donut Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer | Boston Baby Photographer | Union Square Donuts
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Donut Smash Photographer | Boston Donut Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer | Boston Baby Photographer | Union Square Donuts
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Donut Smash Photographer | Boston Donut Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer | Boston Baby Photographer | Union Square Donuts

Of course, dad couldn't resist jumping in for a bite!  I always love it when babies get to happy to share their birthday smash food with family, and this is definitely a favorite moment captured from Dylan's session!

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Donut Smash Photographer | Boston Donut Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer | Boston Baby Photographer | Union Square Donuts
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Donut Smash Photographer | Boston Donut Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer | Boston Baby Photographer | Union Square Donuts
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Donut Smash Photographer | Boston Donut Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer | Boston Baby Photographer | Union Square Donuts
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Donut Smash Photographer | Boston Donut Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer | Boston Baby Photographer | Union Square Donuts

All of our birthday sessions include family portraits, and one-year olds are so much fun to play with!  Dylan's mom and dad enjoyed cuddles, tickles, and so many sweet little giggles from their birthday girl!  She was just learning to walk at the time of her session, and I am obsessed with the images of her walking with her daddy.  Her expressions are priceless!

Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Donut Smash Photographer | Boston Donut Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer | Boston Baby Photographer | Union Square Donuts
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Donut Smash Photographer | Boston Donut Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer | Boston Baby Photographer | Union Square Donuts
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Donut Smash Photographer | Boston Donut Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer | Boston Baby Photographer | Union Square Donuts
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Donut Smash Photographer | Boston Donut Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer | Boston Baby Photographer | Union Square Donuts
Nicole Starr Photography | Saratoga Springs Donut Smash Photographer | Boston Donut Smash Photographer | Saratoga Springs Baby Photographer | Boston Baby Photographer | Union Square Donuts

Did you love this session?  Looking for inspiration for your cake smash?  Check out our blog post with 70+ theme ideas (including food alternatives!) for your baby's cake smash session.

Behind the Scenes of our "Three of Hearts" Cake Smash | Down Syndrome Awareness

Three babies.  Three cakes.  And one very special cake smash.

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek into our "Three of Hearts" cake smash with Mae, Harper, and Catherine.  This was such an amazing session with three beautiful babies, that we couldn't help but share a peek into the making of their cake smash images!  Check back later this week for the full cake smash gallery to see the stunning & hilarious moments that we captured together with the birthday girls!

three of hearts cake smash with nicole starr photography, for down syndrome awareness and congenital heart defect awareness

The full story will be coming to the blog later this week, but these three little girls all happened to celebrate their first birthdays three days in a row, and they all underwent lengthy hospital stays and surgeries due to heart complications when they were born in Boston last summer.  These heart warriors pushed through and were all able to successfully breastfeed this year, too!  They also happen to have Down syndrome, and they met for the first time at our photoshoot with Julia's Way in June, just a few short days before they all turned one!

Behind the scenes of our Three of Hearts cake smash with Nicole Starr Photography.  These three heart warriors all happen to have Down syndrome and survived major heart surgeries in their first year of life.  They also share birthdays three days in a row!

Of course, these little heart warriors rocked their Julia's Way onesies before the cake smash got underway.  Just look at how excited Harper is to show off her stylish onesie!

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We had all three moms in the studio for this session, plus the founder of Julia's Way, Ella Cullen, with her little girl Julia Grace.  A huge thank you to our behind-the-scenes photographer and my good friend Jamie of Koss Photography for capturing the event for us!

When designing a setup for these little heart warriors, of course we went with a heart theme!  Catherine, Harper, and Mae rocked the most beautiful tutus and pearl necklaces that perfectly framed their heart scars on their chests.  

The girls all LOVED the camera, and they did such an amazing job during their session!  I went in fully aware of the possibility of three meltdowns, but we didn't have any -- well, at least until the very end!!  Their curiosity & sweet personalities all shone through, and it was such a joy to capture them individually and together on camera!

So what happens when you put three cakes in front of three babies?  

Some babies love it, others hate it.  Some are curious and cover their whole body in frosting -- Harper!!  Others think about face planting into the cake and rock their body back and forth to get their mouth closer and closer to the cake -- Mae!  And others are much more interested in playing with their pearls than actually getting any frosting on their fingers -- Cate!

Follow us on social media to see the first sneak peeks later this week, and we will update this blog post with a link to the gallery post as soon as it goes live!