Ariel's Oh The Places You'll Go, Hot Air Balloon Cake Smash!

I love when babies come back to see me for their first birthday! In this case, I took Ariel’s Mommy’s maternity photos, AND newborn photos, AND now her first birthday cake smash! How fun! I love love love it. Here’s her beautiful Mommy’s maternity session from August 2018;

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Isn’t she absolutely gorgeous? I mean, WOW! And those turned out incredible even with us rushing them in about 10 minutes, with police having to come unlock her car (where she accidentally locked her other outfit in… oops!) It was eventful haha!

I loved these so much, she’s actually featured on a wooden print in my studio as well. SWOON!

Then her newborn session;

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She is absolutely adorable right? I love this sweet girl.

Now for the main event here, her BIRTHDAY SESSION! We celebrated with a hot air balloon setup, with pastel colors going on -

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Then we had Ariel tot around for us and show off her little baby wobble she has going on. She’s full of smiles, and just the sweetest faces ever!

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& then the cake! WHICH SHE LOVED and squished, and smashed, and then I popped a balloon that made her cry with the cutest little cry face (I’m so sorry Ariel haha I still feel bad!) The cake is from the lovely Market Street Bakery, located on Market Street in downtown Mabank Texas, in the heart of East Texas.

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Thank you so much, Yessenia, for choosing me to capture all these beautiful memories for you, it has been such a joy and I’m so lucky to have clients like you in my life.

Happy Birthday Ariel! It has been so lovely seeing you grow up this first year.

With love

-Traci

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I had such a great time with this awesome family at the East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society in Athens, Texas.  Such a great place for a nice walk and occasionally a cool breeze (if it's a nice spring day in Texas anyway!) 

I've taken Ryker's pictures for his first and second birthday, so seeing him as this smiley little dude now, it brings back memories. Like his Momma said "Remember her? You made a mess of your birthday cake all over her kitchen!" Ah yes, the kitchen studio. It's crazy how much life changes in just a few years of time. 

Thank you so much for hiring me again, it was such a great time with your sweet family!

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To schedule your family's portraits with Traci Lynn Photography, be sure to submit a request in the contact form as soon as possible to start planning. 

A whole year? Oh... DEER!

Everlee is turning a year young and I just can't wrap my mind around that! I love my job so very much but having to see these babies grow up in the blink of an eye makes me question if we are getting all the hours in our days or if the world is shorting us on time. 

A year ago (Mar 15) I posted about Everlee's hospital, 'Hello Baby' session, where I went and visited her sweet family within the first day of her life, capturing timeless moments, including the one where her adorable older brother, Eli met her for the first time. She graced the world with her beauty and stole her mom & daddy's hearts from the second she took her first breath.

And now, here we are! Everlee has the sweetest little expressions and mannerisms, her mommy dresses her in the CUTEST outfits, and styled one of my favorite setups for a birthday EVER. Seriously, I can't get over it, she did such a great job! From pops of deep red, natural greens, creams and white, also the little hint of gold glitters, everything was absolutely perfect. 

We started the session in my Mabank Texas studio with a white paneling backdrop with matching floor, spanish moss greenery, and handmade paper flowers hanging. Everlee had the sweetest headpiece and check out that perfect outfit! 

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I mean, isn't that just the sweetest!?
I have to, HAVE TO, get that printed for the TLP studio walls!

Then Everlee, like any star of the show, had an outfit change, complete with a custom, one of a kind headdress from Follow Your Dreams, and she rocked it! (Look at the end of this post for a side by side of her with the same teepee we used during her newborn session!)

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And of course you can't celebrate a birthday and not have a little cake. Or how about a whole smash cake by Confectionary Dreams of Athens, Texas? (Let's be honest, we don't really need an occasion for a cake from Confectionary Dreams) 

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She was so dainty and cute eating some of the cake. Babies usually never really EAT the cake, they just kind of pick at it, lick some icing, and then make a huge mess. Everlee poked the icing, ate tiny bits of the icing, and then pushed it off the stand with her foot. 

All in all, the session was hands down one of the cutest things I've ever seen, just like little Miss Everlee! 

Happy (early) first birthday, sweet little girl! Thank you so much to Daniel & Kristen for bringing her in over the last year to capture her growing from that sweet little chubby cheeked newborn to this petite & sweet (almost) ONE year old!

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If you'd like to schedule a first birthday session, with or without cake, contact Traci Lynn Photography within 2-3 weeks of your planned party date. 2-3 weeks is best so you can print beautiful portraits from your session to display at the party and hand out/send to loved ones. They make great Thank you cards as well! Click here for more information on First Birthday sessions with TLP!