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Sarah says:

“Since this little one’s newborn session I have photographed her quite a few times. She is such a sweet and curious baby and so much fun to photograph.”

Sarah’s Photography Tip:

First birthday sessions are very special and memorable for your clients – the parents.

Therefore, I make sure to treat this session as special as their newborn session. After all, they have made it through a joyful year – yet most likely with a few challenges along the way.

To make the overall experience a memorable one, I suggest including the parents in the fun. Letting them choose the colour theme and helping them pick the wardrobe will make for a session the parents are sure to love.

For the session itself, I typically run through 2-3 setups without the cake first and then finish off the session with the cake smash. Baby will most likely get a bit messy (hopefully!) so the session will be done once the cake smash portion is over.

As a final note, remember that not all babies will smile all the time.

And that’s okay.

Parents love those curious little faces just as much as the smiles. So don’t hesitate to capture all of the moments of the session, not just the smiling faces.


Sarah used a Canon 6D with a Sigma 35 1.4 and Canon L 70-200 2.8 lens to capture these images.

Sarah Martin is a Hamilton, Halton and GTA Newborn, Babies and Family photographer.

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Published by Beth Teutschmann

A big fan of food, chaos, and all things fun, Beth is the owner of Starboard Editing, LLC - a photography post-production company focusing on anything from editing to blogging and SEO. When she's required to leave the confines of her dark room, she enjoys martial arts, eating, tattoos, cooking, ice cream, sillyness, eating, and traveling. You should probably say hi.

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