Birthday Babies! {Ottawa Cake Smash Photographer}

Oh how I LOVE cake smashes! Every baby is so different; I never know if they are going to laugh, cry, smash, poke, squish, or just dig right in and eat until they are whisked off to the bathtub. No matter how they react to their cake, we always, always get some adorable, sweet shots to commemorate their one-year milestone.

Here are a few gorgeous babies who have turned one this year and celebrated with a cake of their very own! As you can see, cake smashes can be customized in any way you wish! I love working with clients to achieve their vision.

Camden had an airplane-themed session, which I absolutely loved! Making this backdrop was so much fun.


Cory had a nautical colour scheme for his session. How handsome is he in his little vest?!


Delia’s session was soft and girly. These paper rosettes are one of my favourite backdrops to do. So pretty!!


Ellie’s session was perfectly feminine and festive. Her mom had thought of every little detail. I LOVE how these colours came together!


Sweet little Tate was dressed in shades of blue and had a banner to match. He loved the balloons, and wasted no time making a mess of his cake!


REVIEW: Rachel Vanoven’s eWorkshop

So, Rachel Vanoven. Have you heard of her? She specializes in newborn and family portraits, and happens to be ridiculously talented. I have been following her on Facebook and Instagram for several years, and was so excited to purchase her Family eWorkshop last year. If you are considering an investment into your photography business, I would gently (seriously) suggest (insist) that you check her out! You won’t be disappointed.

Here’s what I love about it:

1. It’s easy to follow. There are several videos for you to watch, which take you through Rachel’s process for a family session. She narrates the action that you see in the video, so you get both the visual image and verbal explanation for everything that’s going on. There is also a pdf file packed with great information, and visual examples. Great for all types of learners!


2. Rachel’s teaching style is casual but effective. She writes and talks in a way that is easy to understand, but you walk away with your brain overflowing with all kinds of new knowledge and tricks that you will be dying to try out! She breaks everything down into simple steps and answers questions you didn’t even know you had!


3. Details, details, details. She covers everything. Poses, lighting, camera settings, client prep, session flow, client interaction, culling, post-processing, etc. She is so generous with information, you won’t be disappointed.


4. The super secret, super awesome Facebook group. You get to join a special group on FB filled with fellow eWorkshop members, who post photos for critique, ask/answer questions, and generally support one another. And of course Rachel pops in there, too, to continue to share her awesomeness and knowledge!


5. Her tricks! She shares so many amazing ideas to get kids of all ages (and grumpy dads!) to engage and cooperate during your session. Seriously, she breaks it down by age group and gives you specific examples of how to get a smile out of just about any kid you might encounter. A-ma-zing. This alone has saved my butt so many times.


If you photograph families, I promise you will love this eWorkshop. Whether you are just starting out or have been at it for quite some time, I think there is something for everyone in this package. Even if you are a mom who is just learning to use her DSLR to photograph her own family, Rachel provides a ton of well-written information that a beginner could easily follow and use to improve her photography skills.

Most importantly, after purchasing the eWorkshop, I felt so much more confident behind the lens. And that confidence will always lead to more relaxed sessions with clients who are at ease, all of which will be so evident in your finished photos.



Sofia is one! {Ottawa Cake Smash Photographer}

Sofia’s mom emailed me asking about an outdoor birthday session, and she had some really fun ideas that I was very excited about! She opted not to do the traditional cake smash (though Sofia did get to taste a piece of cake during her session!), and after some family shots and portraits of the birthday girl, we ended the session with a little finger painting session — so colourful and fun! Check out a few of the photos from Sofia’s birthday session below.