My first session of 2019 was to celebrate sweet baby Luca! I was lucky enough to photograph Luca for his newborn, 6 month and 1st birthday photos so it was really exciting to watch him grow over his first year! That's what I really love about families booking the 'Watch Me Grow' package, because I feel like I get to celebrate their baby's milestones right alongside them! Another really great perk to photographing a child over their first year, is I also get to witness their parents grow and change over the first year. We go through so much, especially as new parents, so it's always really fun to see how a family changes from their first session with baby as a newborn and then once they have crossed the line from baby to toddler. Parents become more confident and comfortable in their new role and I see the first birthday as not just a celebration of baby, but also a huge milestone for the parents!
Because it's January in Pittsburgh, we decided that it was entirely too cold to attempt an outdoor photo session, so mom and dad opted for a lifestyle session in their home. The family is pretty casual so this was a great option for them to have some candid moments captured with their little boy. We first started with some photos of Luca playing with some of his favorite toys. He was making the funniest faces while playing with his little piano and blocks! I then asked mom and dad to get on the floor with him and play. Just getting the parents to play and interact with their child, we can get some of the best candid moments!
For the cake smash photos, I brought a vintage wooden highchair and we set up in their dining room. Mom had ordered a super adorable polka dot cake from a local bakery to go along with his monster themed diaper cover and suspenders. Such a cute cake smash outfit! Luca's first birthday party is monster theme so when he gave me his best 'monster face,' I could not stop laughing! He took a few minutes to get into playing with the cake, as some babies do, but he eventually got into it and even tasted a few bites. You never know how a baby is going to do with their cake smash but it's always fun to watch them for the first time!
All images by Becca Baker Photography
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania newborn, maternity, child & family photographer
*Becca Baker Photography specializes in newborn, infant/child, maternity and family photography in Pittsburgh, PA and the surrounding areas. Please contact Becca to discuss your in-home or on-location custom photography session.*
I'm a natural light, on-location photographer in the Pittsburgh area specializing in newborn, maternity, child and family photography. I focus more on lifestyle and a contemporary style for my portrait sessions. Feel free to check out my site and leave comments!