It takes me 2-3 weeks to edit, so I would suggest scheduling 2-3 weeks before you need the files. Most parents like to use the images for their Thank You Cards from the child's first birthday party.
1st Birthday sessions are 1 hour in length.
I do love including family photos – the love and connection you and your family feels towards your little one tells an amazing story, and you’ll want to remember it.
1st Birthday Sessions can take place in my studio located in Lake in the Hills, IL anytime of the year or outside at some of the local parks from (May through September). If you are planning on doing a cake smash as part of the session, I recommend in my studio in Lake in the Hills, IL for easy clean up.
I do have over 100 different backdrops in which you can choose from. We will have enough time to use 2-3 backdrops during your session time. You can see my backdrop collection on my Facebook page. Click below...
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Yes, I love props! Once you know your theme or color theme, please let me know. I do have ONE letters and cake stands in many colors. With A MINIMUM OF 3 WEEKS notice, I can even make you a simple banner in your theme. I can also help make a simple outfit as well or you can bring your own. Any props that I don't have, I ask for you to supply. I do not supply floating balloons (but have some we can blow up and put on the floor). If you choose to have balloons in your set up, please make sure they are round balloons. If you choose balloons that have to face a certain direction they never end up facing that direction during the session and I miss out on sweet little smiles. I want to be able to concentrate on your little one and not on the balloons.
Of course!! I do the smash as the last set up of the session. I recommend doing these in my studio in Lake in the Hills, IL for easy clean up. Out side we tend to have issues with bugs, grass and dirt that tend to get in the cake during the smash.
Due to allergies, I do not provide the cake, but I do recommend Blessed Little Kitchen in Huntley (https://www.facebook.com/blessedlittlekitchen/). Mary can make just about anything you can dream up. Please let her know the cake is for one of my sessions. Even if she is booked, she will still fit you into her schedule for one of my sessions. However, please contact her as soon as you book your session with me. If you are looking for a simple cake where you just choose your frosting colors, I recommend Jewel for $8.99. You need to go in a few days before the session to place your order.
Please make sure cake is room temperature the day of the session (Blessed Little Kitchen cakes do not need to be refrigerated). Littles ones don't like to play with it if it's too cold. When picking frosting colors, please stay away from red and/or brown. During the smash, those colors could look like blood and/or poop and no-one wants that all over their little one's face. haha
You may get some frosting on your clothing, so please wear clothing that you don't mind getting soiled. Also, bring some snacks, such as puffs, cheerios, etc. If they don't have an interest in the cake, I like to stick some of their favorite snacks in it so they still reach for the cake for cute photos.
Here's a link to my cake smash investment packages:https://www.image127photography.com/familymilestone