August 21, 2019
POSTED IN:Cake Smash
I love themed cake smash sessions. Like LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!! Maybe it’s because I’m a former theatre nerd? Maybe it’s because I’m a bit dramatic? Who knows. But what I do know is that they’re super fun!!
Last year, my friend from my high school years was expecting her baby girl and had contacted me to do her newborn session. And, since she has an affinity for the creepy stuff- we did some crazy themes for her newborn session at my East Orlando Newborn photography studio. Some themes included stranger things, Harry Potter and dungeons and dragons. You can check out her full newborn session here.
So, a few months ago, Desdemona’s mom Ashley reached out to me and was like- “let me run this idea by you… I hope you don’t think it’s too crazy, but would you be interested in doing a Beetlejuice cake smash for Desdemona? I know it’s weird, but I think she would be so cute to be dressed up like Lydia.” And you know what I said?!? “HECK YEAH THAT SOUNDS EPIC!!”. So, here we are 😍😍
When doing these themed cake smashes, I love working side by side with the parents to design a whole set to meet their vision. So, I ordered this backdrop from lemon drop backdrops. Then, the gate and tombstones were from the At Home store. They originally said “RIP” but, I wasn’t comfortable having that with a precious baby girl, so in Photoshop I changed the letters to “ONE” for her first birthday. Ashley made the sand snakes and acquired the Moss from the dollar store, and ordered the Beetlejuice headstone from online. And lastly, her Lydia outfit was designed by Ashley.
Here are more favorites from her cake smash.
Sometimes at the beginning of cake smash sessions, I also do a few family portraits. How cool and creepy are these?
And to wrap it up, we finished with a cute splash session with my tub from Fancy Fabrics and Props.
Pretty cool huh?
Happy first birthday Desdemona!!
August 20, 2019
Meet newborn baby Christian, at 7lbs 14oz he and his parents came to the Kossina Creative Home Photography Studio in East Orlando, FL for their newborn session when he was just 12 days new. I met his mother Nancy while attending the Orlando Prego Expo and we immediately bonded. Nancy and her husband Carlos met while working at a theme park here in Orlando, FL.
A planner by occupation, Nancy was surprised when her water broke a week earlier than their scheduled induction date. She believes it was Christian’s way of showing his parents that he was definitely in charge.
“I loved being pregnant. It was the most fulfilling and rewarding time of my life,” Nancy said.
The name Christian came easy to the couple, it was one of the first names they thought of when learning of their little boy. The rollercoaster of pregnancy [pun intended] was an amazing experience for Orlando couple.
Here are my favorites from their Orlando newborn photo session.
February 8, 2019
Happy first birthday to sweet Baby Grace! With every session, I am honored to document the special milestones for each family. Photographing Grace over this past year has been extra special for me since I’ve been friends with her parents James and Julie for over 17 years!
So, prepare yourself for a ton of photos as I share Grace’s first year!
Along with their photoshoot we filmed a sweet announcement video:
We did the Bejer family’s last photoshoot as a family of 3 when doing Julie’s maternity session out at Rollins College in Winter Park Florida. Isn’t she glowing?!
Before we knew it baby Grace made her grand entrance into the world! I was super honored that Julie asked me to be there to document their first moments with a Fresh 48 photo session at Winnie Palmer hospital as Brooke met her baby sister for the very first time. I’m not gonna lie, I had some teary eyes because I was so excited for them!!
10 days later, the Bejer family came over to my home photo studio for Grace’s newborn session. Here are a few of my favorite photos from her session.
Some of the best ages for milestone photos is at 4-months and 8-months. 4 month sessions are great to showcase baby’s milestone of mastering tummy time and smiling a lot. Grace was super smiley and oh-so adorable for her 4-month milestone photo session at Mead Gardens in Winter Park, Florida.
When babies turn 6-8 months, sessions get even more fun since this is the time when your baby can start to sit independently. Here are some of my favorite images from Grace’s 8-month sitter session at Cypress Grove Estate House in Orlando, Fl.
As babies near their 1st birthday- one of the best ways to celebrate this huge milestone is with a cake smash! Julie had sent me a few images for what she had in mind, so I went to Lowe’s and purchased a panel and painted it myself to have the shabby-chic shiplap look. Grace’s Swan Lake cake smash was soooo cute- especially with the ballet bar and the custom cookies Julie had gotten made for this session. Isn’t her sweet little face so precious?!
Thank you so much Julie and James for being my best supporters for my Photography business and allowing me to be there every step of the way for your sweet babies!
January 14, 2019
Meet baby Riley, 11 days new. This precious baby girl was my last newborn I photographed in 2018 at my Orlando, Fl home studio. She was a total dream to work with as she was so sleepy and fun to pose! I also think she wins the award for “Most Smiley Baby” since she gave us so many smiles during her newborn session.
Riley was born here in Orlando, Fl and is so loved by her parents! This baby girl is a total blessing. Her parents tried for her for 3 years, and thankfully she’s an IVF success baby!
Here are some of my favorite photos from her session.
January 10, 2019
Adrienne and Jason are such a cute couple! I loved photographing them for their Engagement Session at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida during Christmas break. They live in California, so I’m glad we were able to meet up for their session while they were in town for the holidays. Adrienne and I go way wayyy back, as her and I became friends when we were just middle-schoolers. It was so great re-connecting after all these years!
Jason and Adrienne met in California where their first date was when he took her to a wine tasting event before a Giants game. A few years later, they got Engaged while vacationing in Mexico and are now planning their wedding for November 2019 here in Orlando, Fl.
Congratulations again Adrienne and Jason!! I can’t wait to photograph your big day!!
September 24, 2018
Meet baby Desdemona. This little princess came to my Orlando, FL newborn studio for her photo session when she was one week old. When she was born, she weighed 6lbs 13.5oz and made her grand entrance right on her due date. Her momma and I have known each other since our High School days, and so I was honored to photograph Desdemona for her very first photo session.
She was such a dream baby to photograph!! She slept the entire time and was oh so smiley! Seriously though, I think I got a record number of newborn baby smiles during her session!
Desdemona is such a cool name for a baby girl! Her mom said her name was inspired from the character Desdemona from William Shakespeare’s “Othello” and a character from the 90’s Gargoyles animated series.
I had so much fun during her session, as her parents requested to do a few themed photos. We did a few Harry Potter newborn photos (both for Team Gryffindor and Team Ravenclaw). The wands in these photos are special as they were chosen for her parents.
Then, we incorporated her dad’s love for Dungeons and Dragons and took a few newborn photos with his D & D books and dice.
Desdemona’s parents are also big fans of Netflix’s Stranger Things, so naturally we had to do a few Stranger Things newborn photos using some Christmas lights and the cutest little Demogorgon.
We also took some non-themed, but oh so pretty newborn photos. I just love how these headbands from some of my favorite prop vendors Polka Dot Poppy and Lemon and Pearl Designs accessorize her full head of pretty hair. The wooden bowl that she is nestled in is from Bailey’s knits. The “bump blanket” was made my yours truly.
Welcome to the world Desdemona!