• Baby Willow // Anchorage Portrait Studio

    Cake smash sessions for 1 year olds are always so much fun. I absolutely love being in the downtown Anchorage studio for these, as we have so much more room! It’s super fun to get a few shots with mom (or dad – or both!) as well – I love having those over the years – to show the progression of growth. Kids grow SO fast!! The first year especially…

    This adorable family came all the way from Valdez to have her portraits made – and being from a coastal city, Little miss Willow has a mermaid theme going on in her room- so of course we needed to incorporate all those delicious colors. The teal/purple combo might be my new favorite. SO pretty!!

    BUT – my favorite part of this session was incorporating a milk bath after the cake smash. I don’t know why I haven’t thought of doing this before – but it was SO adorable! And the perfect way to clean up after smashing frosting all over your face…

    I’ll be including this little after cake option with all my 1 year smashes point forward. And really for all milestones sessions, as long as babies can sit up of course.


    anchorage studio 1 year old portrait with mom

    1 year studio photo anchorage alaska

    1 year baby toes and flowers

    1 year baby eyelashes

    Anchorage Baby Cake Smash

    Purple and Teal baby cake smash alaska

    Anchorage baby milk bath

    Anchorage baby milk bath flowers

  • baby milestones // Anchorage photographer

    I try my best to schedule baby milestone first year sessions at the previous shoot. Because we’re busy moms – we forget about this stuff… So when we scheduled Logan’s 6 month shoot, after his newborn session, I had no idea it would end up falling on Iditarod start day.
    For those of you familiar with the Alaska Iditarod, it’s a super fun event! We love taking our kids when it’s not super cold – and the race starts just behind the studio. Which is great, if you’re at the studio early, and have your parking situated.

    I however, completely forgot that it was Iditarod start day, until I was headed to the studio and the traffic was a nightmare. I realized my mistake when I was informed that the parking garage where our studio is located was completely full. Yikes! So I’m driving around trying to find parking, along with all of Anchorage, for another half an hour. Making me wretchedly late!

    So of course, I’m frazzled and flustered and feeling just a little out of my element. And somehow Logan’s family was fully aware that it was the Iditarod start so they were well prepared and on time!

    But fear not – this family is the coolest bunch of cucumbers. They are super laid back – chill and go with the flow. I quickly recovered my chill, just by being in the same room with them for 5 minutes – and we had a super fun little session.

    Logan was probably the smiliest 6 month old I have ever encountered. So many babes have the stranger danger factor going by 6 months old – and are super interested in the camera, so they want to study it, and not smile. And certainly Logan was curious about the camera, but he was also SUCH a happy guy. I got some adorable grins.

    He is also sitting up like a champ! The mid-year milestone shoot is really more about baby’s development – and sitting is definitely what we want to capture.

    It’s not always fun and games – but honestly – no one cries cuter than babies!