Although we usually focus on photographing weddings and engagement sessions, we have been happy to document memories for many adorable babies and children this summer. This first birthday smash cake session was so much fun, especially because of the birthday girl's mom and even some unexpected weather! Esmae started her 1st birthday photos wearing a pretty, pink dress in one of my favorite little gardens at Boardman Park.
I usually check the weather multiple times in the hours leading up to our outdoor sessions and we were looking forward to the beautiful weather that was forecasted. This particular evening threw us a big curveball, as some unexpected clouds rolled over the park and the rain started falling on our birthday fun! Fortunately, Boardman Park has a beautiful gazebo with plenty of rain cover.
What happened next was music to my ears! Esmae's mom, Alexis, might be the coolest mom I know: "I was thinking we can let her play in the rain and make the best of the weather." Um, yes! I love playing in the rain, and I knew Esmae would love it, too! #momgoals
What could be better than playing in puddles and getting your dress all dirty? That's right, eating unlimited amounts of cake! Alexis made Esmae's smash cake, and it matched her purple and turquoise lace romper perfectly! (Shout out to Alexis for cleaning up Esmae's sugary mess before we left the gazebo!)
Every time I thought Alexis couldn't possibly come up with more awesome ideas for Esmae's first birthday pictures, she had to prove me wrong! Instead of the wet wipe bath I usually see after smash cake sessions, Alexis came prepared with a metal bath tub, a 5 gallon jug or warm water, baby soap, and bubbles! Not many people can get away with taking a bath at the park, but Esmae pulled it off without a problem!
Thank you, Alexis, for being a fun and creative mom! I'm sure your daughter will appreciate many amazing childhood adventures with you. Happy 1st birthday, sweet Esmae!