What can make a typical first birthday cake smash in Orange County something extra special? My guess is that you’ll discover the answer by viewing this gallery of beautiful images but here’s a big hint….location, location, location! While I am a lifestyle child photographer in Orange County, sometimes I am ALL about the “style” and this session is a perfect example of that. In real life, do we sit on a surfboard in the sand and eat cake? Okay, maybe you do, but I fully doubt that you are doing so while wearing a gorgeous tulle dress – and if you are please message me because we need to be best friends!

Sloan had a tropical theme planned for her birthday party complete with a visit from Moana and since her dad loves to surf, it just made perfect sense to do her first birthday portrait session on the beach – cake smash and all! We headed to Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach for a more secluded feel and the day could not have been any nicer for a first birthday cake smash in Orange County.

The Cake

The vegan cake was from Hapa Cupcakes in downtown Fullerton, and while I didn’t get to taste it I imagine it was as yummy as it was beautiful! Sloan, as is the case for so many one-year-olds, was not the least bit interested in the cake. Lol! Fortunately we let her take her time and I was able to get a couple of images of her actually putting some cake in her mouth. Ultimately, this first birthday cake smash in Orange County was more like a dainty first birthday cake tasting.

Since Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach is such a beautiful location, we took advantage of the full time allowed from our permit to shoot there.   Sloan was a trooper and got to partake in multiple outfit changes with plenty of time to play in the sand.


I’d love to take credit for the styling of this shoot and while I made the suggestion of the beach location to go along with the birthday party theme, it was Sloan’s stylish mama who did most of the heavy lifting here. Speaking of….this stylish mama just launched a clothing line called Miki and it is a perfect blend of style + comfort + practical for moms that don’t want to feel like they dress like moms. You can check out the details of the clothing line here.

And finally….I’ve got a special surprise at the end of this post! I’m taking part in a blog circle with some photographer friends of mine. We’re linking to each other’s posts, so you can check out what they are up to. This month I’m linking to Anna Rasmussen, an amazing lifestyle portrait photographer in North Carolina.  Anna is sharing a session featuring a couple married twelve and a half years and the images are so timeless with a gorgeous film quality to them.

Now here are some of my favorites from Sloan’s first birthday cake smash in Orange County.

Thank you so much for viewing these first birthday cake smash in Orange County images!

Oh and don’t forget to follow along the blog circle.  There’s a group of six of us in the circle this month.  Next up is my friend and fellow moderator of the Instagram hub, Anna of Anna Rasmussen Photographs.  Click here to check her blog post:  Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer in Topsail Beach, NC

best lifestyle photographer orange county kc crow crows nest photographyK.C. Crow is an award winning and featured lifestyle photographer based in Orange County, California. She is one of the few photographers in the greater Orange County area that offers beautiful lifestyle portraits with a little added magic. Her most favorite things to shoot are newborn and child lifestyle portraits with dramatic light and soft warm processing. K.C. is an on-location photographer with a preference for natural light serving the beach cities and greater Orange County areas including Laguna Beach, Newport Coast, Sunset Beach, Crystal Cove, San Clemente, Dana Point, Brea, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Placentia, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, Orange, Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Corona del Mar, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and La Habra. Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions are available at most Orange County hospitals and birth centers.  For more information about K.C., click here. For pricing information, please visit our investment page. Click here to contact K.C. directly.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

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What a creative cake smash idea!  She looks so cute in that amazing dress, nice job on the styling 🙂

This is such a fun cake smash session! Love these KC!

What a fun shoot K.C.!  I love how you captured the day –  the surroundings, the details and those extra special moments 🙂

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