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Happy First Birthday to YOU! {Chicago Smash Cake Photography}

Happy First Birthday to YOU! {Chicago Smash Cake Photography}

One of the best parts of having a studio now? Hands down, it's the cake smashes. (Just ask my children, who will shamelessly  sneak in before I've finished cleaning up to see if there are spoils to reap, and are always disappointed not to have half a cake left to smash themselves).

One last round of Chicago city sessions {Chicago baby photographer}

One last round of Chicago city sessions {Chicago baby photographer}

As I creep toward my due date, I reached a point where I just couldn't manage the commute to the city for family sessions. Thankfully, I am so lucky to have so many wonderful suburban clients and city clients who are flexible about taking a quick trip up the Edens Expressway to meet me in the near north suburbs.

Twin Boys Birthday Party {Highland Park First Birthday Party Photographer}

Twin Boys Birthday Party {Highland Park First Birthday Party Photographer}

First birthdays are so special.  They mark the passage of baby's first year, and even more, they mark the momentous occasion of the parents of the baby in question surviving an entire year of parenthood, which is no small feat.

Smash Cake Outdoors {Evanston Family Photographer}

Smash Cake Outdoors {Evanston Family Photographer}

My friends and I joke sometimes about my youngest son, who as a baby rarely gave up a good smile - one of them called it "giving up the wow".  Her son, conversely, was so easily amused by anything from peekaboo to silly sounds, songs and just about anything.

When Family Session Meets Smash Cake {Chicago First Birthday Photographer}

When Family Session Meets Smash Cake {Chicago First Birthday Photographer}

Nothing says joy like watching your child freak out in the face of his first birthday cake. Ok, not really. While this little man wasn't impressed with his cake at the start, some snuggles and help from mom and dad had him chowing down in no time.