Child Photographer | 1 Year Session & Cake Smash

Chicago Family and Children Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

This little lady was so cooperative, we were able to use numerous backdrops for her 1 year session. We started off with the bedpost backdrop. I really like this one and wish I had the opportunity to use it more.


We followed it up with a swirly heart backdrop. The smiles were still coming.


The cake smash was the big finale and she didn’t disappoint. Frosting on the face and in the hair, sure signs of a successful session.


Baby Photography | In-home Cake Smash Session

Chicago Children and Family Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

Having a February birthday has always been a bit of a drag. As a kid, it would have been nice to celebrate a birthday in the great outdoors. Something about party games and cake cutting in freezing temperatures just never seemed very appealing.

So, it was nice to celebrate this little guys first birthday, with a cake smash session in his very own backyard. It was a beautiful, warm, May day.

We first grabbed a few shots inside before the cake began to fly outside. No one makes a bow tie look better then this cutie.



Child Photographer | Cake Smash Session

Chicago Professional Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

A cake smash session can go in any many directions. You may have a child that loves the taste of cake and frosting, so much so, they don’t even care about the feel of the stickiness between their fingers and toes. Then there are those that try to enjoy the sweetness, but just can’t get past the goo and grossness of it all. This 1 year old tried to have fun, but like his mother (my sister-in-law), could not handle the mess.

I’m sure my nephew will not appreciate these images when he’s older. I, on the other hand, will cherish them.






Have Your Cake and Eat It Too | Indoor & Outdoor Session in One

Chicago Family and Children Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

It doesn’t happen often, but on those rare occasions, everything just clicks and records are broken. I offered a family an outdoor session and an indoor session with a cake smash. I allowed at least an hour and a half to accomplish it all. I had the entire session shot in less then an hour. It was all done in record time!

We first met at the local park, just a few minutes from my studio. There, I was able to photograph the birthday boy, who was being very cooperative.



I then got a few shots of the family. A few clicks of the camera and we were off to the studio.


Once at the studio, I grabbed a few shots in front of a cream backdrop (purchased at LemonDrop Stop). My little buddy didn’t skip a beat.


We wrapped up the session with a yummy whipped cream topped birthday cake. It was probably one of my sweetest sessions. Two locations, three backdrops and a cake in 48 minutes!




How Quickly A Year Goes By | 1 year session with cake smash

Chicago Family and Children Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

Last April, I had a brand new baby girl visit the studio. I was able to capture a photo that I always wanted to take of my own children, but never did. I was so happy to have had the opportunity to give this family such a memorable image.


Before I knew it, she was back for her 1 year session. Where did the time go? How quickly the year went by. She no longer fit in her Dad’s fire helmet.


We couldn’t have a 1 year session without a cake smash. She loved every minute of it. From the first taste of frosting…


to the last mouthful of cake. There was a smile from ear to ear!



1st Birthday Cake Smash

Chicago Family and Children Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

I have wanted to photograph a 1st birthday cake smash for some time now. I have seen some really great photos, and knew I wanted to capture that milestone for someone. I’m sad I never did this for my own children. Knowing how much fun they had at their first birthday parties, they would have had a blast. Their very own cake to dig into, without the distraction of countless people looking on, would have been even more enjoyable. Cake Blog6When my sister-in-law called and said she wanted some pictures of her son for his first birthday, I knew this was my chance. Without hesitation, she said sure and we began our planning. I purchased a backdrop that included streamers and entertained the thought of blowing up some balloons. However, I decided to keep it simple and went with a plain blue backdrop.


The backdrop became the flooring as well. I knew I wanted to create a reflective surface, but wasn’t sure how to do it. I did a little research on-line and the majority of photographers seemed to like the plexiglass. So, we headed to Menards and purchased a 4 ft x 8 ft sheet. I was a little surprised by the price, $98. It was no where near the deal that I got on my whiteboard. Though it was a bit pricey, it created the look I wanted, perfectly!


As you can see, my nephew wasted no time diving into his very first birthday cake. He was a big fan of its taste, but could have gone without the unpleasant feeling of the frosting between his fingers and toes.


I had so much fun photographing my first cake smash and thrilled that it was my nephew. He did an amazing job and I know his mom was pretty happy with the final product.


Happy Birthday Collin!