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First Smash the Cake Session

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 24, 2015, 11:08 AM

Took 1-year old photos of little "C", what a little ham for the camera!! :giggle:

I created a 24" wide, by 36" tall "chalkboard" for the occasion. The graphic was created by me via Photoshop (making my own template) with information obtained about the little guy, from his grandparents and parents. I printed it at a local printing studio, and they also professionally matted it for me on foam-board. It looked fantastic! The graphic fooled one of the workers at the printing company, and later some of the family members too. Fonts were purchased for the board and used with permission of the creators. This served to be a great prop for the session, and was later given to the family as a souvenir; they are going to hang it on his bedroom wall.

I also used a total of 2 different backdrops and 2 different types of flooring for the session too.
Kudos to for the 2 backdrops/ 1 flooring, and a local Acrylic location for my beautiful white flooring! All fantastic!

The acrylic was perfect for such a messy session, and was my first time using it too! The company not only cut the large piece (into 4-pieces) to fit in my car, but made it easier if I only needed so many.. this session only required 3. Cleanup was very simple as the pieces were hosed off outside from all of the cake mess. There are some seams visible from the pieces in the photos, but that will be easy to take out in Photoshop. The flooring is slightly reflective and not transparent - it captured the props, the baby, and the backdrop beautifully!

His grandma provided the cake (poor little guy can't have dairy) and the cake stand, and a cute striped shirt and jeans were chosen for his big photoshoot. I got some shots of just the cake and the chalkboard prop, then added in the main star.

The first shots I got were of C excited about the foam prop, then we added the cake with stand. I have a photo of him with the biggest smile on his face looking down at the cake; he knew what it was. He slowly poked around the cake, looking at everyone and smiling. His mom then  shoved his hands in the cake, he smiled (huge smile too!), and started to chow down. :cake:

The funniest things started to happen next. He would do something, giggle, then look at us for our reactions. We of course, started laughing, which made him literally squeal with delight, while I had my camera snapping away. :happybounce: He ate pretty much that entire cake with such happiness! He did tried to eat the "1" candle, but that was taken from him, and he then focused back on the tasty cake.

He also knocked over the cake stand, the candle next to his feet; as he grabbed for more cake which was now on its side. (made for more adorable pictures as he was in his own world with the cake) After only a little cake was left, he started to get antsy and started to crawl around. He was then scooped and placed in the tub, while I did a quick layout change.

The blue background with the white polka-dots was switched out to a dark-wood looking backdrop, with a lighter wood flooring. I got some cute ones of him with messy-bath hair, with his little body wrapped in a towel. He was then given a toy to play with and I got some pictures before he got bored.

What an event!

There was nothing but smiles throughout the session. He has us laughing so much, such a cutie for the camera. He has a great sense of humor and was an absolute delight to work with. Thank you again "C" for being so awesome!! I (and I know what everyone did) had a blast! I cannot wait for everyone to see the pictures!

Amazing first "Smash the Cake" Session :thumbsup:

PS. This "chalkboard" will be an optional add on for future sessions!

  • Mood: Excited


Miechelle / mishkuu
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
:star: for stock: please send me a link of the final work, and give me credit please in the description. thank you! (only images marked as "stock" are allowed to be used!)

I am a self-taught photographer utilizing the skills and fundamental elements from several photography classes I have attended. I also continue to study books and online sources, and gain knowledge from the ever-so-fun experimentation of my lovely little camera.

I'm a photographer for NE Ohio and enjoy taking photos of individuals, couples, families, and events. Taking pictures of kids being just kids, within their own imagination - I always find fascinating.

:boogie: If you are in NE Ohio and need a photographer anywhere from your pet – to a wedding – please message me!

You can also find me photographing animals, insects, and landscapes for fun.

The lenses I own are my 42mm, 58mm, and my newest lens being my 60mm macro lens for my Olympus PEN E-PL1 camera.

I have significant experience with various Adobe programs including Photoshop, LightRoom, and InDesign.

Before photography, I used to draw a lot and also loved graphic design on my computer; I used to work with photoshop a lot making layouts for my now, deceased website ( - back when domains where really big, as well as other random computer graphics. (you can see some of my drawings and graphics in my galleries as well!)

Extra Info:
My name is Miechelle (me-shell). My Dad, has always been a Beatles fan. So my name was adjusted to sound like Paul singing 'Michelle' - belle.

"mishkuu" has been my nickname ever since i was in 7th grade (1997) by my friends. To this day, how they came up with it remains a mystery. I'm still called it to this day by different groups of friends. (see if you can find it in my "Miechelle Photography" logo!)

I have a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a certificate (an in-between a BA and a MA) in Asian Studies. I love learning about different cultures and meeting new people. Anything artsy is a loved hobby of mine (music, photography, drawing, digital art), and I love trying new things.

I studied abroad in 2006 in Japan through Temple University Japan - was there for 4 months. I traveled a lot while attending school for Cultural Anthropology, Asian Studies, and Japanese. I also went on vacation there in 2009 - 8 days in Tokyo, and 8 days in Okinawa. I traveled to Mexico in 2013, and was there for a week with my husband. You can find photos from my trips within the various galleries on this site.

I have always liked taking photos, but never truly thought of it as a full-time hobby. While in Japan in 2006, I first started to experiment with different angles and lighting for the first time. Even though I had a regular hand-held digital camera (Panasonic DMC-LZ7) at the time - I stretched what I could do with it, and became very pleased with the outcome. Some of the older photos on here were taken with my hand-held camera! (ex: The New River Bridge photo) I started to enjoy taking photos as a hobby, but I still had a long way to go... A few years later I received my Olympus PEN E-PL1 for Christmas as a surprise gift, and began studying.

Other hobbies of mine: movies, tattoos, videogames, history, comparative studies, swimming, traveling, and being random. Dinosaurs (and pre-dinosaur creatures) I find to be neato as well. DUNKLEOSTEUS FTW.

I'm also obsessed with grasshoppers, mantids, frogs, birds, and other random critters. METROID!! :iconsamusplz:


:iconunforgettable-time: :iconanimal-portraits: :iconvintagenic:


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