Newborns to Tots

Stella: {One Year} | Mahtomedi MN Family Photographer

One of my favorite parts about being a child photographer is getting to watch so  many little ones grow up into amazing little people. From newborn to first smiles to sitting up to standing to walking and first words… I get to witness it all and wow, is it an honor. Miss Stella has been coming to see me since she was still in her mama’s belly. At her newborn session, she was a perfect little angel. When she came to see me at 6 months, mom warned me that she was a bit shy when it comes to strangers but we got along GREAT! So many smiles and giggles. And now at one year, she is well on her way to first words, toothy smiles, and taking her first steps. Happy Birthday, sweet baby girl!

1 year milestone session using Melissa Intuition Backdrops in Oakdale MN

For Stella’s session, we did a mini milestone session with a Cake Smash added on. Look at the variety of photos we were able to capture in such a short time! The cake she used for her smash was a leftover slice from her first birthday party – a cake that her Dad make for her! Isn’t that sweet?

The backdrop we used for her photos is the Melissa backdrop by Intuition Backgrounds.

1 year milestone session using Melissa Intuition Backdrops in St Paul MN

If you asked me the most fun I have at a photo session it would be a Cake Smash!  First of all, the First Birthday Cake Smash marks a big milestone in a baby’s life!  In some ways that first year goes by quickly and at other times parents can say the days and nights dragged on forever (at least the sleepless ones!).  The arrival of the First Birthday is filled with excitement and joy!  I love getting to spend time with a one year old because at this age the true personalities are starting to show!

At the First Birthday Cake Smash, we always start with traditional portraits.  I believe in having that perfect portrait of this age which really show how much they have changed and how far they have come from birth to One Year old!  After the portraits comes the mess!  We save the cake smash for the second half of the session and there is always laughter and sometimes tears (tears from the laughter!).  It doesn’t matter how many cake smashes I do they always crack me up!  There is nothing funnier then watching a baby face plant into a cake!

1 year milestone session Cake Smash using Melissa Intuition Backdrops in Woodbury MN

Designed for 1st – 101st Birthdays!

How Does It Work?

A great way to capture your little one turning any age!

  1. We start with photos of the birthday child without the cake. These are just some clean shots that focus on the child.
  2. CAKE TIME! We will present the cake to them and encourage them to SMASH it!

Thanks so much for considering me for your baby’s photos. I hope this has helped to answer any questions you might have regarding milestone and cake smash photo sessions with Kristen Herber Photography. If you would like pricing for milestone sessions, please click here. If you have any more questions or would like to talk to me about scheduling a session, send me an email to

Looking forward to hearing from you!

XOXO, Kristen

Kristen Herber Photography is located in Oakdale, Minnesota on the Eastside of Saint Paul and serves new families in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding areas.

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