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Charlotte Baby Photographer

January 24, 2023

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A cake smash session is one of the most fun and memorable photo experiences for a baby and their parents. Being a Charlotte Baby Photographer I love when a collective members decides to document this milestone. 

Charlotte Baby photographers capture the memories to hold on to!

I specialize in using natural light in the studio to create the perfect lighting for the cake smash session. This type of session, which typically takes place when the baby is around one year old, is the perfect way to commemorate the milestone and celebrate the baby‘s first birthday. When planning a cake smash session, selecting the right photographer for your family is essential. I love documenting the little details, and the feelings during this time. That is why I don’t use props and have this session in the white studio. In my opinion, the focus should be centered around your sweet baby and your connection as a family. 

The entire family can join in on these sessions with your Charlotte baby photographer Katie Petrick Photography. On the day of the session, mama will be pampered with hair and makeup, then baby and mama will get dressed in clothes from the client’s closet. Before the cake is added, I will capture photos of the family and break-offs to document the baby, as well as the love and excitement shared by the family. To create a fun and memorable atmosphere, the baby will explore the cake and make a mess with the frosting. This can be one of the most memorable parts of the session.

Looking for a Charlotte Baby Photographer?

Chat with me about your cake smash session! Capturing beautiful, timeless photos of your little one. Contact me today!

Baby girl smiling during her studio cake smash session by Charlotte baby photographer

Charlotte Baby Photographer captures baby girls toes while she sits in high chair for cake smash sessionBaby girl eating cake during studio milestone session by Charlotte Baby Photographer Katie Petrick Photography


Charlotte Baby Photographer

Katie Petrick Photography, based in Charlotte NC, specializes in newborn, maternity, and family photography. Busy moms can trust Katie to help them treasure precious memories with custom artwork and a stressfree luxury experience. Katie provides her services in Charlotte NC and the surrounding areas.

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  1. julie says:

    That looks like it was a ton of fun!

  2. catie says:

    Oh my gosh! what a cutie! Also, beautiful website!

  3. Kathryne says:

    These are so precious! Happy Birthday sweet girl!

  4. Rya says:

    Love these, Katie!! Perfectly classic, love her expressions too. So funny!

  5. kami vanous says:

    Oh my goodness – these are the cutest! Such a beautiful baby and so sweet with the rainbow sprinkles!!!

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