Charlie Turns 1! – NYC Cake Smash 1st Birthday Session

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Charlie is ONE! My dear little friend Charlie was celebrating his first birthday, and we did a hilarious (and messy) cake smash session.

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Cake Smash Session NYC

He came over, clean as a whistle and full of laughs.

His mother selected a delicious cake, and we handed it over to Charlie.

He couldn’t have been more pleased.

It was such a fabulous way to celebrate his first birthday!

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First birthday cake joy.

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First bits of frosting – a mix of shock and awe.

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A contemplative moment with the cake.

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Looking at the cake in wonder. We all know that feeling.

Shortly after this, we popped Charlie in the bath so he could go home in pristine condition.

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About That Cake

Would you like to know a revolting secret?

After Charlie spent some time eating and mauling the cake, his mother and I ate the rest of it.

We just couldn’t resist!

I have to say, it was absolutely delicious.

More shockingly, the cake was reduced sugar, which I couldn’t believe.

The beautiful ombre cake was from Mini Melanie – they delivered it directly to me that morning. I was very impressed.

Charlie’s Earlier Hits

Charlie is a pretty experienced Daisy Beatty Photography baby.

Here are some of his greatest hits from the last few months:

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He is such a cheery guy, and growing so quickly.


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Valentine’s Day shoot in early February 2017.

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Charlie’s holiday shoot in November 2016

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We included my toy poodle Monty in one of the photos; he and Charlie are dear friends.

Happy first birthday, dear little Charlie! I am just loving watching you grow, and am so honored to be documenting it.

I can’t wait to see you again SOON!

Below, check out a bonus video of Charlie and Monty at the shoot in February.

They are fascinated with each other, and great friends.

Monty likes to get REALLY involved in photo shoots so he only attends shoots where the little subject likes dogs. Many children find Monty fun and/or relaxing, so he is a great help. Some children are not into dogs, so Monty does not attend.

Monty was deeply envious of the cake, but ultimately got the last laugh when Charlie had to take a post-shoot bath, and Monty didn’t.

Want a cake smash session of your own?

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I’d love to work with you.

Here are some kind words from Charlie’s mother, after our last shoot.

You can see other reviews on my photographer reviews page.

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Daisy Beatty is a NYC Family photographer. She is based in Manhattan and East Hampton, and specializes in vibrant, stylish portraits of newborns, babies, maternity, families and children.

For more information, please visit her website

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