Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful mom, Christine, and her little family of three (soon to be family of four). It was a cool and foggy morning on the beach that day which led to some gorgeous photos and some of my personal favorites. I wrote a small blog post about it then, take a glimpse here.
Throughout the maternity shoot there was chit-chat about how excited everyone was to meet the new baby. I too was hoping I would get the chance to meet the little one myself, and photograph this beautiful family again.
One year later, Christine asked me to photograph her new baby girl, Charlotte, for a one-year-old birthday session. She wanted to do a watermelon cake smash theme. I was excited, and honored to photograph everyone again, and I got to meet the new baby! She was too cute and it made for some adorable photos.
WARNING: VERY CUTE PICTURES OF A BABY EATING A CUPCAKE AHEAD
This is baby Charlotte. We took these photos in the early morning on the beach, while the wind is calmer and the beach is quieter. It was the perfect morning and atmosphere for our session. We started the day with a few family shots, and big sister Ellie was posing, smiling, and keeping everyone in good spirits.
If you click through the gallery below you'll see the look of pure joy as she discovers how sweet turning one really is. I couldn't help but smile throughout this entire session. Watching her little fingers hesitantly scoop the icing into her mouth, and then fingers became fists of icing. Which, who could blame her? As many of you know I feel the same way about icing.
This photo shoot was too fun. Before we knew it, 50% of Charlotte's body was covered in icing. With looming seagulls overhead we had to wrap our session up and get Charlotte cleaned before the seagulls had a cake smash party themselves!
I enjoy doing these different themes on the beach. The beach creates the perfect backdrop not only for sunset beach pictures, family photo shoots and engagement shoots, but also for these fun themed sessions!
I especially enjoy photographing the same families, and couples every year. It's fun watching the families grow, and kids get older. It makes the photo shoots a little more personal, like I am photographing family instead of it feeling like I am just doing a random session. this is one of the main reasons I love what I do.
I look forward to seeing Charlotte and her family again next year. Christine said their little family would most likely just be the four of them, but a lot can happen in a year!
Memories by Maria
Every photo has a story and every story will have many photos.