Cake Smash! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Have you ever thought of doing a cake smash session for your little one’s first birthday! The possibilities are endless and with the help of Alaina’s Custom Cakes and Confections we can do anything!



Happy 8th Birthday Cora! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Happy birthday to my bright shining star; my strong-willed, first-born child.

I can hardly believe it’s been 8 years since you came into this world, kicking and screaming for all you were worth. It’s quite fitting your personality – you wanted the world to know you had arrived!

To this day, you’ve kept me on my toes – horse back riding, jogging, bike rides, baseball – and I’d have it no other way! I find such joy sharing in the activities you love and watching you grow.

You have schooled me in all things 8 and second grade: Pokemon, Star Wars, Five Nights at Freddies, Breyer horses, fidget spinners and slime! What an incredible journey and I’m so thankful you show me things through your eyes. McDonald’s is your favorite restaurant and all-things chocolate reign supreme. I’m pretty sure you got your sweet tooth from me, if nothing else 😉

I have no doubt – you are a force to be reckoned with and will achieve any goal you set your mind on! And I couldn’t be more proud to be your mom! My sweet, beautiful tomboy – don’t ever change!


Austin is TWO! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

How can this be? Two wonderful, crazy, fun-filled years have passed since my little auburn-haired boy came into this world.

I remember praying for him and when I finally became pregnant could hardly believe how blessed I was. He arrived at 2:25 p.m. with hardly a peep and a quick, intense, five-hour labor. My little man that was completely content and right with the world.

I can’t imagine our lives without him and his crazy curls; his deep, chocolate brown eyes and his little elf teeth and cute pudgy toes.

I love that he has me kiss ALL of his boo-boos, big or small and it makes it “all better.” He adores his big sister and would follow her to the ends of the Earth. Daddy is his hero and I hope I’m the mother he deserves. Because he fills my heart in a way that I never thought was possible.

Happy 2nd birthday “little” man. I consider myself the luckiest person in the universe to call you my son and be your mother.

Evan | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

This little cutie came to see me for his first birthday mini session! Isn’t he the sweetest?! Just check out those little teeth! I really love photographing this age!

Caleb | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Meet Caleb. Pokemon-loving, suit-wearing, playground king.

Really, all kidding aside, he’s a great kid. That my daughter adores. She would play every day with him, all day, if I let her. (Which reminds me, we’re due for a play date!)

We trekked down to the University of Michigan for Caleb’s 8th birthday photos on one of the most beautiful January days I can remember. It was almost 60 degrees and perfect for an outdoor winter photo session at the Law Quad!

Of course, you never know what kind of photos you’re going to get with boys, and Caleb didn’t disappoint. I think I love them even more because he showed me his true self. And I was lucky enough to capture that on camera. We even got a few smiles – nothing an ice cream bribe couldn’t fix!

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Ava turns 1! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Just look at this little darling! Isn’t she the sweetest? I had the pleasure of taking her older sister’s photos for the last three years and now it’s her turn!

She came to visit me for her first year birthday photos and she is full of personality! Cake was flying and I have to say I think she enjoyed herself 🙂

(Beautiful smash cake is by Alaina’s Custom Cakes and Confections.)

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Lola is 1! | Davisburg, Michigan Children Photographer

Sweet, little miss Lola is 1! And I am the lucky girl that was picked to take not only her newborn photographs but also her first birthday photographs!

A lot has changed in one short year! Just look how tiny and precious she was …


… and how gorgeous she is now! She is such a happy little girl.  I had so much fun during her session! One thing is for sure – she loved – LOVED – her cake!




This gorgeous cake is by the fabulous Alaina with Alaina’s Custom Cakes and Confections! She does all of my birthday smash cakes! They not only look GORG but taste so so so yummy too!




Happy birthday little girl! It was so awesome to see you and your parents again! I know you have many more cakes to eat (and enjoy)  in the future!

Ayden | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Check out a few sweet photos from Ayden’s second birthday session! Isn’t he just ADORABLE?! (Get ready because I’m going to do a mad blog-posting session here today in an effort to try to catch up! More photos of sweet ones to follow!)

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First Birthday Mini Sessions! | Holly, Michigan Children Photographer

Did you know we offer special first birthday cake smash sessions?

Yes, we do!

This session is offered all year for your child’s birthday. For just $50, the session includes one background and a mini birthday cake for smashing provided by Alaina’s Custom Cakes & Confections!

Cakes can be pre-ordered designed with your props/outfits/theme in mind.

Here is a little preview of Ryann and Karley’s special first birthday sessions:

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Raelyn – 1 year old | Milford, Michigan Children Photographer

Check out this dark-haired beauty 🙂 I recently saw her for her first-birthday photos.

What a cutie that is just full of personality! She had fun playing with some of my props and I had equally as much fun talking with mom, figuring out what to put up for each set!

Her big sister came along and really was a great help in making Raelyn smile. I’m not sure she knew what to think but eventually she warmed up and we really were able to capture her in all her one-year-old glory!






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