Cake Smash

Rainbow Brite First Birthday Cake Smash Session | Reno - Lake Tahoe Photographer

I had my first couple shoots in the new studio space this weekend (I’ll post a blog once it’s completely done and setup)! This shoot was a great way to break in the new space!

I had a Rainbow bright lunch box and matching thermos (anyone born in the 80’s knows what I am talking about). I also had a Twink and Rainbow Brite character pillows that my mom made me along with a couple other character stuffies.

When Chantelle told me that she wanted Miss K’s cake smash to be Rainbow Brite themed, I have to admit - I did a major happy dance! I couldn’t wait to put this one together with the bright colors, star confetti and an adorable cake from Delicious Designs!

Miss K’s outfit was AMAZING. Like I want one in my size - please and thank you! Miss K was pretty dainty about her cake, but that’s okay - we still got some amazing shots of her. I am super jealous of her amazing blue eyes and lashes (ladies, she has lashes we pay money for).

Thank you Chantelle for trusting me in capturing Miss K’s one year milestone! I had such a blast! She is such a doll and I look forward to capturing more of her as she grows!

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30th Birthday Cake Smash | Turtle Bay Exploration Park | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Who doesn't love a gorgeous skirt, a floral crown, cake and champagne. Oh, lets not mention four other photographers! Yup, there was five of shooting this gorgeous gal for her 30th Birthday Cake Smash! I had the pleasure of getting together with a couple of local Redding, CA photographers and doing a little shootout. I legit had sooo much fun and love meeting new people!

Kat ROCKED her photoshoot and was so much fun to shoot! Between the dress and those eyes **cue Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire**. I am so happy she was up for the crazy paparazzi mob that came with this photoshoot. Lets not mention all of us cheering her on to finish the whole bottle of champagne.

Thanks Kat for coming out and being such a trooper and ROCKING it! You're a badass babe!

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Now a little food for thought...

As photographers, we don't like sharing shooting locations, or others shooting the same concept as us. This photoshoot, there were FIVE of us and all of our pictures look different. Between editing styles and angles we chose to stand - we were shooting the same thing, but everyone's is so different.

So why do we get so upset if someone shoots something similarly? It makes no sense to me. Especially if it isn't a unique idea to begin with, and it's something that is all over Pinterest? Why do we get so huffy puffy about it? We're all here doing the same thing - delivering for our clients and making sure the bills get paid (there's some high costs when it comes to running a legal business). We all shoot differently. We all edit differently. We all work with our clients differently. We are all our own business and brands. So why? Is it worth getting upset about? Worth being petty about? Absolutely not! We're all here for one thing and one thing only - our passion for what we do. 

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30th Birthday Cake Smash | Reno - Lake Tahoe Photographer

Turning 30.

It's a birthday so many dread. It's like a weird transition from being a young adult to being a real adult. So what better way to celebrate your 3rd decade on this earth? Getting all dolled up, wearing a tiara, smashing a cake, and going through 2 bottles of champagne! I mean you're 30 now, you can't just go around smashing cakes and spraying champagne everywhere!

Amanda and I started planning her pink, black and gold 30th Cake Smash months ago. She trusted me in the decor and cake, and I had no worries about her outfit - she always rocks it. We had so much fun with this session! The cake was made by Leigh from Delicious Designs - if you ever need cake, cupcakes, or cookies - she's your go-to sweets gal!

Thank you Amanda for trusting me with your 30th Birthday Cake Smash! You rocked it and we got some good laughs!

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Indian Themed First Birthday Cake Smash | Reno - Lake Tahoe Family Photographer

I love when friends have babies and I get to photograph them! Makes me heart smile so much! I've known Amelia since 2004 and seeing her as a mom now is so amazing! Mr. L is nothing but adorable with cheeks you just want to squeeze!

When Amelia asked me if I could come to come to Redding, CA to do Mr. L's cake smash photos - I couldn't say no! I was there and we rocked it! We went out to a pasture next to their house and had a blast with family photos first and then did a grand finale with the cake smash. Everything turned out amazing, and I couldn't have asked for a sweeter little man to photograph!

Thank you Amelia and Byron for trusting me with your family moments! I had a blast and I cannot wait to photograph your family in the future!

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