First Birthday Studio Milestone Session

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March 1, 2021

These sessions are so much fun!!! Are you considering booking a first birthday studio milestone session with Photography by Alyssum to capture exactly where your baby is development-wise on their first birthday? I offer a basic milestone session or the optional upgrade to a cake smash session, but which is right for your little guy?

Let me give you a little insight into each session to help you decide!

Studio Milestone session

Both sessions begin with capturing baby with their immediate family members. Keeping your baby comfortable and happy is my top priority, so I have found that starting with familiar faces by their side is a great way to get them warmed up. Plus, I want to capture all of those snuggle cuddles!!

The basic first birthday studio milestone session is up to 60 minutes in duration. This allows enough time for an outfit change or two, including some cute shots of chubby baby skin! I have a beautiful, curated wardrobe for your family to wear. Mama’s dress above is from Baltic Born and available in my client closet!

baby in a brown sweater sitting on a big white chair

While an hour sounds like a long time for baby to be engaged, it’s not a full hour in front of the camera. We factor in the warmup time in the beginning, outfit changes, nursing or water breaks, and baby darting out of the room to grab a new toy!

one year old baby sitting in a moses basket

I keep the six best baby Bs on hand- bears, balloons, balls, blocks, bubbles, and books! We cycle through lots of fun and beautiful toys for baby to explore and enjoy. I love to see what baby likes the most!!

I switch in some pretty chairs for baby to rock in, sit in, and hold onto.

We mix in some pictures with mama, dada, and siblings.

Baby is having fun with in dad's arms during his first birthday studio milestone session
Mama is wearing another Baltic Born dress and baby is in a sweet sweater from H&M, both from the client closet!
one year old baby crawling on a white studio floor

First birthday cake smash session

If you’ve chosen to add on a cake smash to baby’s milestone session, we take a break and bring out the cake at this time. My signature style is a naked cake with vanilla cake and vanilla buttercream frosting that you can order from your preferred baker. It’s the perfect rustic style to go with the simplicity of the studio! Feel free to add on flowers or a simple embellishment.

Looking down on baby eating his cake during first birthday studio milestone session with cake smash
Not every baby is as into the cake as this guy was, but it’s still fun to see what they do with it! Do they eat it hands-free? Dip their toes into it? Keep it neat and tidy?

Next we transition to the most fun of the session- the bubble bath!! Even if baby is completely exhausted at this point, they can’t resist the fun in this sweet rustic basin. The cake can be hit or miss but the splashing finale is always a favorite.

Baby is splashing in rustic basin tub for her first birthday studio milestone session after her cake smash

From there, we clean up baby and let them have some sweet snuggles with you.

Baby wrapped in a towel snuggling in mama's arms at the end of her first birthday studio milestone session

You leave the studio with your cheeks aching from all of the smiles, a tired one year old, and whatever is left of that tasty cake!

If you’re ready to book this sweet session and have a blast with your baby, contact me here. I can’t wait to capture this fun time in your lives!

xo, Alyssum

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALYSSUM, LLC, IS A NEWBORN, BABY, MATERNITY, AND FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER LOCATED IN CASTLE ROCK, CO, AND IS CURRENTLY SERVING DOUGLAS COUNTY, JEFFERSON COUNTY, ARAPAHOE COUNTY, CASTLE ROCK, LARKSPUR, HIGHLANDS RANCH, LITTLETON, CENTENNIAL, DENVER, AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. CONTACT TO SCHEDULE YOUR SESSION.

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FOODS FOR NURSING MOMS TO AVOID
48 HOURS BEFORE NEWBORN SESSION:

Acidic food/drinks such as:

Cranberries     Pineapple     Grapefruit
Oranges     Lemons     Berries
Tomatos     Chocolate     Nuts
Pizza     Chili     Mexican food     Ketchup

Gassy vegetables such as:

Asparagus     Onions     Pickles
Cucumbers     Broccoli     Cauliflower
Brussels Sprouts     Cabbage

Restrict soda, coffee, tea, wine, and beer.

Sometimes dairy, depending on the baby.

I know this seems like a long list, but you only have your newborn's portraits taken once! It's not worth it to risk having a gassy or fussy baby who just can't settle. And in the event that your baby is still gassy, I always recommend keeping Gripe Water on hand. I know it was a lifesaver for me when my two were babies.