This first birthday cake smash session held on the sand at Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach was so fun and whimsical. As a photographer who specializes in child storytelling images, location is incredibly important.
In this case we choose the beach for the cake smash because Sloan was having a Moana-themed birthday party and because of her daddy's connection to the ocean and surfing.
We set up this shot by sitting the one-year-old baby girl and her special cake on her daddy's surfboard. Fortunately for me she wasn't walking yet so she pretty much stayed put on the board.
The birthday girl was wearing the cutest pink tulle dress and a flower halo from the Etsy shop "BohoHaloCompany." She wasn't too interested in the cake but she loved the balloon and playing with her halo.
The shoot took place at sunset where the light was reflecting off of the ocean and made the oversized balloon radiate and captivate this little girl.
Please note that all photography shoots in Laguna Beach require a permit be obtained in advance. The minimum permit fee is $100. I obtain the permits for my client shoots however, I do charge the additional permit fee on top of the session fee. You can read more about the Laguna Beach photography permit requirement here.
You can check out a ton more images and read more about this cake smash session on my blog.
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Location: Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach, California.