Petra contacted me to schedule a First Birthday session for her son, Samuel. She had brought her daughter Abby in a few years prior for hers, and wanted to have his be in our studio too as she loved the images from Abby’s session so much. Have you seen those? If not - click here - and get ready for some serious cuteness!
Petra worked with our baker again for Sammie’s smash cake and requested a fun frosting technique with colors to match his outfit. If you choose to include a cake (nope, it’s not required!) we have a list of great options for you in the Atlanta area if you want to outsource that part. Our baker is such a talented person and can accommodate many food allergies as well as create vegan cakes for those who may desire or need that as an option. She’ll drop the cake off at the studio in advance of your session so it’s one less thing you have to worry about the day of. Using her services is not required - regardless of where the cake comes from, we will walk you though best practices for icing type, cake flavor, texture, and colors, if you choose to incorporate a cake into your baby’s session!
Sammie was a pretty shy little guy who didn’t want to leave his mama’s arms. When this happens I often ignore your baby and start playing on my own. In almost all cases, curiosity wins out and they forget about the fact that I’m a stranger. Babies and children are drawn to play and new things naturally, so I just work with that. I’m a very low key person and will match your child’s personality when it comes to my demeanor. I can’t think of anything worse than a peppy cheerleader type shrieking “Smile! LOOK AT ME BABY!” right off the bat. Some of my little clients are very high energy and respond best to that, and if that’s your baby - that’s what I will ramp the energy up to. Because I wear hearing aids, body language is something I am very attuned to. I can tell when a client needs space or a break and am very responsive to that. My ultimate goal is for everyone to have a great time and for your child to feel safe and comfortable throughout their time with me.
We moved right into the portrait part of the session once Sammie was comfortable and his mama was just out of the frame. Petra only wanted images of Samuel for his session, so that’s why you won’t see any of her. Typically our First Birthday sessions double as a family and parent session too! After we played for a while, we brought out the cake, and Samuel went to town. I just love his happy and satisfied icing covered grin…. complete with his absolutely ADORABLE little dimple.
If you're expecting a baby or already a parent and looking for a newborn, maternity, or family photographer, I would love to work with you to create images that you will love for a lifetime. Watch this video to hear about my philosophy and see how I work in the studio so you can determine if I'm the right fit for you. I can't wait to meet you!
Lily Sophia Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and family photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.