Smash & Splash
Some of the most fun I have in the studio is when kids come in to celebrate a milestone birthday with a Smash and Splash. So, imagine my excitement last Thursday when I had not one but two in on the same day! Off the charts excited!
Eat more hole foods
First up, in the morning, was the delicious Amber. This little cutie has been coming to me for mini sessions since she was just 4 and a half months old (cutest pumpkin ever). It’s been an amazing privilege to watch this little one grow up right before my lens.
She has the largest big brown eyes, like giant chocolate buttons!
I like to start each session with a few pictures of the birthday boy or girl in their fancy outfit before they start getting messy. Amber had a pretty pinky/peach party dress on.
Ambers parents had opted for a Doughnut Smash (Yasss! my fave!) and Amber wasted no time getting stuck into the glazed rings, chocolate mini rings and mini jam-filled doughnuts.
She didn’t so much as smash the doughnuts – more daintily picked at them but she seemed to be enjoying herself. Especially when mummy and daddy sang ‘Baby Shark’ several times!
After the Smash comes the Splash. A tub filled with raspberry scented organic baby bubble bath, rubber ducks and lots and lots of bubbles.
This was Amber’s favourite part of the experience. She loved the rubber ducks and the bubble machine. In fact, she was so happy relaxing in the bath she didn’t want to get out. I think she is going to be a bathroom hogger when she gets older!!
Piece of Cake
In the afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting brand new clients who literally live a couple of blocks away from my home studio. They had found me via Nextdoor an online social community for your neighbourhood.
Brothers in Arms
I took some family photos first of all at mum’s request and then some with the birthday boy Avery’s older brother Jayden.
In their pink shirts and navy smart shorts, the boys looked so handsome. Jayden is autistic so a session like this was always going to be quite hard for him. He coped admirably even following my request to hug and kiss his little brother. What a superstar!
Avery’s mum had opted for a Cake Smash and I’d chosen a white chocolate cake covered in flakes and sprinkles. With a big wooden spoon for Avery to smash it up with.
For his smash, Avery was changed into the cutest little blue and white shorts with braces and a bow tie. Topped off with a birthday crown. Be still my heart.
You wanna a piece of me
Whilst the cake wasn’t much to his liking, Avery did a grand job smashing it with the spoon and seemed delighted with his efforts. As were we. By this point, I was totally smitten. I didn’t think he could get any cuter…but then…
I’m forever blowing bubbles
He got in the tub. What a little dude! He also enjoyed the splashing more than the smashing and the bubbles really tickled him.
He was such a little character, I hope I get to work with him again.
Sorry not sorry
You may be thinking at this point, ‘how wasteful – all that food’. Well, let me assure you that any doughnuts and cake that hadn’t been bitten or child handled got eaten by Mr JB and me. And I’m not even embarrassed about it!