Posts in first birthday photos
Adorable Family Summer Session {Nashville, TN Family Photographer}

Each member of this family was a TROOPER! We shot in 90-something degree heat and no one wanted to reschedule, everyone was like, “LET’S DO THIS!” and they showed up with changes of clothes and bottles of water and ROCKED IT.

That blue-eyed dad, Scott Stevens, is an awesome country musician and I KNOW you’ll be hearing him all over country radio soon, especially with the awesome team he has behind him! It was a blast to be able to photograph him, his beautiful wife and their equally-as-blue-eyed son.

Their baby boy had just turned one, so this was kind of a family/first birthday combo session, which is totally fine with me! Half family session, half kid-only session! We started out in a creek - because who doesn’t love creek photos?! - but had to move locations when baby Henry wanted to try swimming and wouldn’t stop trying to launch himself creekside, we had to go! And that’s how we roll with kiddos!

Outside is a wonderful place to have a family lifestyle session because there’s plenty of places for kids to explore and play. I don’t ever force kiddos to sit still and smile because, if they’re not in the mood, then they cry and get angry and mom gets frustrated and it’s no fun! Genuine interactions are the memories we all treasure most.

family with baby boy in creek setting
family wearing blue in creek
black and white image of baby boy with parents
one year old boy in creek with parents
creek setting with family with one child
father holding baby boy to dip his toes in a creek
blue-eyed daddy and one year old son
brown haired mom in jean dress holds baby in creek
one year old boy with daddy
cute chunky baby boy legs
one year old boy crawling on a creek rock
black and white image of baby boy sitting on a large rock
chunky baby boy with shirt open in creek setting
overhead shot of one year old boy with blue eyes
one year old baby boy touches creek water
baby boy with blue eyes is held by his father
laughing mom holds her one year old son
mother and baby boy son
daddy and son both with no shirt
father and baby son in a creek
father holds one year old son and laughs
family of three walking toward a gazebo
young mother and father kiss
black and white image of family with baby son
mother holds up baby boy and give him kisses
baby boy with blue eyes and chunky cheeks with his mom
happy one year old son with his mom
a mother hugs her baby son
mother in jean dress with baby boy in blue
adorable baby boy in a blue outfit sits in grass
one year boy old birthday photo ideas
one year old birthday boy in a field of grass
baby birthday boy blowing kisses
black and white image of chunky cheeks one year old boy
beautiful baby boy with blue eyes close up
overhead shot of baby boy in blue overalls in grass
cute hands of baby boy wearing blue overalls
one year old birthday boy reaching hands to be picked up
dirty baby feet in grass
chunky baby boy with his finger in his mouth
baby boy climbs on his dad in grass
blue eyed dad and young son playing in a field
dad with tattoo gets climbed on by his son
family plays while lying in the grass
black and white image of family of three playing in the grass
family of 3 plays in the grass and laughs
mom and dad kiss with one year old on their lap
happy family snuggle in the sun
parents sit in a gazebo and chat with one year old son
a kiss between husband and wife while they hold their son
baby tries to crawl away while mom and dad kiss
brown haired mom holds her one year old son
mom holds her baby boy while he laughs and shows his four teeth
budding curls on baby boy


Adorable Girl Cake Smash Session {Franklin, TN One Year Birthday Photographer}

Sweet Makenna here is the youngest of three and it was finally her turn to have the spotlight on her!  I have been shooting her brother and sister now for a few years, and it was time for Makenna to hop in the fun!  After the traditional birthday photos of the three of them (post coming soon - and it has a GREAT idea to capture your kiddos each year), we got to have some cake fun!

Typically, I shoot my families and kiddos in more of a relaxed, lifestyle way, but I'm a sucker for an adorable first birthday cake smash session, so I do book these, too!

We scheduled this sweet baby girl's cake smash on a separate day from everyone's birthday photos so as not get too overwhelming for her.  We also shot in my client's home in a room with wood floors and a nice window.  This is always a great option when available so that baby and mama are right near everything they could need, from wipes and changes of clothes right up to all possible naptime equipment!  Smashing cake can wipe a kiddo out!  Haha!

Most parents don't realize that, for the most part, your newly minted one-year-old is NOT going to be that interested in smashing cake!  Isn't that funny?  They don't know what it is, or that they can eat it, and it usually feels really weird to them!  Often, mom will have to take some frosting and wipe it on baby's lip and hope they get interested!  

Makenna was no different!  She was a little skeptical and kept wanting to crawl away.  She gave us more smiles during her previous birthday session with her siblings, but we still managed to capture some crazy cute first birthday photos!  I love the "It's my 1st birthday" onesie and rainbow tutu that her mom choose!  I make sure to pick up a bright pink cake that would compliment all the colors!

african american one year old girl in pink cake smash photo session
pink cake smash
pink first birthday cake
close up of baby girl first birthday cake
pink and gold first birthday cake smash session
little african american first birthday cake smash
photo from above of one year old girl in pink tutu and pink cake
one year old girl pink and gold cake smash with white stool
one year old african american girl peeks around pink cake and smiles
adorable baby girl peeks through stool legs in pink cake smash session