Cake Smash Session with Sofia

I am super excited to show you all this lovely girl and share her first B-day cake smash session. Her parents came all the way from Virginia for their cake smash session in my home studio. Her mommy had lovely outfits for her and we decided to use all of them. Sofia was amazing! She was smiling and laughing at all of her daddy’s tricks. I have to give both of them credit for helping make these images look great! Enjoy this session! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Prepare Your Newborn Baby For It’s First Photo Session

I want you to have amazing newborn portraits. Having amazing newborn portraits begins and ends with preparation. There are many factors that could prevent your newborn photo session from going less than great. Don’t fret! I’m here give you some insightful tips that will give you the best opportunity to have a great newborn photo session.

Food

The food you eat during breastfeeding can be a major factor that could potentially effect your baby during the newborn photo session. Some foods could potentially produce side effects in babies under 6-weeks. It may be better to slowly introduce the following types of foods to your growing baby while breastfeeding over time so that you can carefully monitor how your baby may reacts to these foods. Here are some foods I recommend you should avoid eating 48-hours before your newborn photo session:

  • Vegetables  such as broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, cauliflower, asparagus, onions, cucumbers, pickles causes bloating or gas in your baby’s tummy.  
  • Citrus fruits  can cause gastrointestinal refluxes, fussiness, diaper rash and some of them gas.
    Oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, strawberries, cherries and all berries.
  • Spicy Foods  might make your baby fussy, cry inconsolably, and cause a lot of discomforts. Please avoid Chili, Tacos, Spicy, Mexican food, Salsa
  • Peanuts:  If your family has a history of peanut allergies, try avoiding having peanuts until you wean your baby, else she may suffer from rashes, wheezing, or hives.
  • Tomato products such as pizza, spaghetti, ketchup, lasagna, many soup bases or any tomato products. Tomatoes are also high in acid and are found in many foods lasagna and many soup bases.
  • Chocolate: The potential area of concern is a substance called theobromine. Theobromine is a stimulant which has an effect on the body similar to caffeine. Theobromine is found in the cocoa solids. Dark chocolate is dark in color because it contains a greater percentage of cocoa solids and therefore it will contain higher levels of theobromine than milk chocolate. Theobromine is generally not an issue for breastfed babies unless mum is eating chocolate in very large amounts.
  • Coffee, Tea, and Alcohol:  When you drink tea/coffee, some of the caffeine content remains in the breast milk, which makes your baby fussy and interrupts sleep. Alcohol in breast milk may hinder the baby’s growth and can affect its sleep pattern and eating. To manage your caffeine intake, though, you’ll need to be aware of other sources, like soft drinks, energy drinks, and coffee ice cream. Caffeine also shows up in herbal products. 

If your baby is gassy, we highly suggest that you avoid the above mentioned foods 48-hours before your session. Please remember I am not a nutritionist. I strongly recommend that you discuss your baby’s dietary needs with your pediatrician.

Cake Smash San Antonio

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There is no better way to celebrate your baby’s birthday than with a smash cake session! We do cake smash sessions in our private studio or on location.

We love new themes and ideas but mostly we want to focus on your baby so we keep the props to a minimum. However, feel free to be creative- it’s your baby and her/his 1st Bday. You can customize the background set by yourself. We will provide the backdrop and colored balloons. Please let us know if you’d like to omit the balloons. I personally love the simplicity of the baby and the cake only (without balloons).

The Cake
Please let us know in advance what color(s) you will order for your cake so that we can make sure that the cake will have the colors we discussed and will match with the background, theme or balloons. We prefer white cake on the inside, regular frosting (no fondant). The size of the cake 6″ and 8″, cupcake style and regular round. It’s really just your personal preference.

Smashing of the cake
Cake smash sessions generally only past one of two ways; The baby loves it and makes a huge funny mess. Or The baby wants nothing to do with the cake. Now that they are on the move they usually just crawl or walk away. Just in case this happens, wear comfortable pants so you can chase your baby down.

These sessions can get very messy so make sure that you bring a spare set of clothes for you and your birthday baby. We have lots of fun during these sessions, a few images of your little one will be taken before the cake comes out so they are familiar with the camera and me. Then the cake comes in and we begin smashing!


Session Fees

THE SESSION FEES BELOW ARE FOR IN STUDIO AND DON’T INCLUDE PRINTS OR DIGITALS

First Birthday Session Smash Cake
$300

For an on location session, a $100.00 fee will apply for that session.

Session ADD-ONS

Videography is available as an add on to any of the session packages $300

Assistant is always present during the sessions to help with toddlers to cooperate and help to photographer speed up the process.


 

Digital Session Fees

THE FEES BELOW ARE FOR DIGITAL SESSIONS ONLY AND DON’T INCLUDE ANY OTHER FEES

 

BABY FIRST BIRTHDAY SESSION STUDIO CAKE SMASH

$473+TAX

Includes:

• Pre-session welcome email with planning questionnaire

• 90 min.photographer’s time and associated staff in the studio

• Professional Photo Lighting

• 1 classic look / 1 backdrop and 3 colored balloons (client can bring their own decorations to create a unique look)

• 20 Digital images delivered via download + USB Photo Case. The digital images are High-Resolution and include a copyright release to make your own prints

• Signature posts production by Veronika Gant in Adobe Photoshop

• Blog feature to share with family and friends

CAKE SMASH OUTDOOR OR IN-HOME

$648+TAX
Inside 25 miles of studio|$2.80 per mile beyond 25 miles of studio

Includes:

• Pre-session welcome email with planning questionnaire

• 90 min. photographer’s time and associated staff on location or in-home

• Professional Photo Lighting

• 1 classic look / 1 backdrop and 3 colored balloons (client can bring their own decorations to create a unique look)

• 20 Digital images delivered via download + USB Photo Case. The digital images are High-Resolution and include a copyright release to make your own prints

• Signature posts production by Veronika Gant in Adobe Photoshop

• Blog feature to share with family and friends

Portrait Session with Emerald

I really want to bring something new to you all. I see a lot of photographers doing lovely portraits of women, seniors, toddlers and newborns, but I don’t very often see portraits of “school age” children. The images I do see usually don’t have emotion in them. I want to bring something more artistic to your life – I am now offering fine art portraits for children ages 6-16 years. These portraits are more about emotions, and about your child’s personality. (Please don’t expect smiling on each image.) The images are very soft, with a signature color grading. I’m using a light touch of makeup which I will provide for your child before photo-shoot (contouring, highlights, lip balm)

 

Emerald (14 Years)

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