Faster than fast, quicker than quick, looks who turned ONE!
Epic Kitchener Race Car Birthday Celebration
Strap in race car drivers! Because I’ve got one amazing Cake Smash session to share with you today!. Also, y’all have been keeping me busy! The kind of busy that sees 8 sessions in a weekend, and 5 during the week kinda busy. And not just mini sessions’s either – like full blown FULL sessions! I have been preparing myself all Summer for this, because come the Fall season around Kitchener/Waterloo, things get crazy. Bring on Fall Family Photoshoot season! But it’s really fun, and filled with amazing people, memories and the beautiful outdoors.
Sure enough, with Kitchener/Waterloo experiencing some cooler weather these past 2 weeks (and more rain), it has cued everyones’ internal alarm to book their Fall photos. I can hardly blame them – it’s a glorious time of year for it! What I love though is the perfect mix of beautiful outdoor sessions with families and the fun, unique ones in the studio. It keeps me sharp and has the creative juices flowing. This one was one awesome Cake Smash session. And I mean like, super duper awesome, 10/10 would do it again. That’s my unofficial Yelp review btw.
Saskatchewan folks and cool cake smash themes….
There’s a few special things about this one, mainly that Mum and I are both from Saskatchewan, so that makes us kindred spirits. Officially. People from Saskatchewan are extra special, so kind and just basically lovely inside and out. That’s a fact. Leading up to the shoot, we had a lot of phone calls to discuss and plan the perfect session, and when she suggested a Race Car themed Cake Smash for her special little birthday boy, I was all in. I was actually kind of surprised I hadn’t received a request for this particular theme before, but after a bit of research, it had to be done. There was no turning back. I was fully invested in this epic backdrop and theme.
I gotta say, it really was planned to perfection and the stars aligned perfectly between getting the perfect outfit delivered for the shoot, AND making sure the backdrop arrived in time. It literally arrived the day before which I have never experienced and was a bit nerve wracking. (HUGE thank you https://fancyprops.com/ – you guys saved the day!) But sometimes the stars align and everything just works out so magically you just gotta pinch yourself.
Cue Cake Smash day….
In walks this beautiful family who brought the most gorgeous little man. I mean, he literally came in smiling at me! He sure knows how to make great first impressions, because I was in love with him from that moment. Cool note: Mum and Dad had custom “pit-crew” T-shirts made to match the race car theme of the session! Unreal, and way too awesome. Ugh. I just love details like those…. so fun and special.
We settled in and got started. Cake Smashes have a way of moving fast, and they go even faster when you have a model this cute! He just basically handed me all the perfect faces and tons of different heart-warming expressions. Birthday boy did amazingly well. He rocked his portraits like a pro, made the most excellent, photo-worthy mess with his cake, and completely enjoyed his bubble bath. I don’t think he was happy with me when bath time was over. But at the risk of drowning us all and flooding the 2nd floor beneath my studio, I’d say it was worth every drop. These are the coolest memories for the whole family to enjoy down the road. But this gorgeous boy will one day look back and see what an incredible boy he was, how small he was, and how much fun he had.
Future Racing Champion??
Maybe one day he will race in the Formula 1, or the Indy 500. You just never know… Anyhoo – I present to you a little need for speed, race car magic and a ton of smiles. A big shout out goes to Mum for planning so many perfect details, to her husband for having the same name as my son, and to this very special little birthday boy who stole my heart. Enjoy.