Outside Cake Smash | NH Family Photographer

Most often, when I’m asked what the best part of being a photographer is, I say working in my PJs, “the people”. Okay, while it’s true that I do enjoy the lax dress code required at my computer from 8pm to midnight, I really really love our clients, watching their families grow, and the relationships we build with them year over year.

When Erika contacted me to do something creative for Oliver’s 1st birthday, I knew it was on. I first met Erika when I photographed her oldest son as a newborn. She brought viking hats and furs to the shoot, and I knew right then and there that she was going to be a lot of fun. Since then, her ideas and outfits have not disappointed. I always look forward to the themes and wardrobe she comes up with…and it doesn’t hurt that her family is absolutely gorgeous.


So with Oliver turning one in June, she wanted to do something fun and we came up with the idea of the UP as our inspiration for the shoot. (You know the movie UP – where the balloons carry away the house). A few weeks ago in the middle of all this whacky weather we were blessed with a Saturday afternoon with some mild weather. I say mild, mostly because it wasn’t 42 degrees and pouring, but Mother Nature did have a few tricks up her sleeve – mainly crazy strong wind and light showers.

…which wouldn’t have been all that bad except for the 15 humungous balloons thrashing around and threatening to actually fly off with anything less than 30 pounds attached….including small children.

We had our basket and put the kids in it, however the idea of being constrained in a basket while being thrashed by wind and balloons didn’t actually appeal to sweet Oliver, who had better ideas about how he wanted to spend his Saturday afternoon.


After several attempts of “happy baby in basket with calm balloons”, we decided to move off the the windy hill (where I had hoped to get an open shot of the boys enjoying their fake balloon ride). Sometimes the best laid plans…haha.


Fortunately Erika was brilliant enough to bring a secondary plane prop that also went with our aviator theme! Away from the balloons and wind, the boys were delighted to play!



And then the boys enjoyed a cake smash picnic together and all was redeemed.


…except that I hadn’t gotten the UP shot that was in my head. As Erika packed up the boys I asked her hubs to accompany me back to the top of the hill to take a few pictures that I would use to create the photo I had in my head.

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and then by the magic of Photoshop, we had our UP shot!


Which I absolutely adore.