the great cake smash!

alright, so coming up on little mr. re-nest #2's first birthday, i realized i had a total mom fail. besides the photos taken in the hospital, somehow almost twelve months went by before i had a professional picture taken of little mr. re-nest #2. somewhere around month 11, i did finally book our dear friend, and family photographer, to take some family pics of us…which turned out amazing, and i’m still trying to figure out which ones to order because they are all so awesome. i finally felt a little less guilt (because lord knows i don’t want to be met ten years from now with, “why aren’t there as many pictures of me?”)

then, i came across this totally new (to me, not so much to other in-tune mamas), and obviously exciting idea, for little ones' first birthdays: the cake smash photo session. oh no, this isn’t just taking pics of the little one smashing his face in a cake at his birthday party. this is a completely separate session which involves a diaper cover, a tie of some sort (bow or otherwise), and a cake where the little one just goes to town. maybe i was living in a hole five years ago when little mr. re-nest #1 was born, but i had never even thought of this. i actually met another local mom, who is also a photographer, and she does these cake smash sessions ….since the mommy guilt was at code red levels for not having enough professional photos of little mr. re-nest #2, i dived in. 

little mr. re-nest #2's cake smash outfit!
i went about scouring etsy for the perfect diaper cover and tie. i found it from so stinkn cute out of georgia. she had a custom set that she did with the “very hungry caterpillar” dot pattern fabric, and she did an amazingly adorable “1” birthday hat too. order placed. 

then, i figured since i was making all of the party decorations for the big one bash, why not try and get a little extra mileage out of them in a photo shoot? like a total crazy mom, i e-mailed with the photographer (who likely thought i was total crazy cakes) but she was amazing and totally welcoming of my bringing my little things to try and incorporate into the shoot.

shoot day. it was a tuesday night after work/day care. we had two outfits: a normal one + his full on smash suit. i’m not kidding you, somehow, someway, mr. re-nest + i have produced two children who l-o-v-e the camera (i should probably be totally scared out of my mind at this). it’s like they know what to do. he’s a year old. he was totally posing. and can you say, turning on the charm? uh, yeah.

so, here i present to you, little mr. re-nest #2’s one year cake smash photo shoot. so. much. fun. i look at these and can’t believe that we get to live with and squeeze and feed and bathe this adorableness every single day. (oh, and bless sara’s heart…she even wiggled in some of my party d├ęcor into the shoot.)

*photo credits: all of the photos below were taken by the wonderfully talented sara jennings of sara jennings photography. find more of her work on facebook here.


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