What first birthday session ideas do you have? When you think of a first birthday photography session, usually the first thing that comes to mind is a cake smash.  

While smashing cake can be a lot of fun for some babies and their families, there are so many other first birthday session options!  One of the reasons people often choose food for first birthday photos is because of the fantastic facial expressions we are able to photograph while your baby explores their favourite meal or treat.

Not all babies enjoy food, not all babies like to get messy, and for some families, cake isn’t an important part of their birthday traditions.  If you’re looking for alternative first birthday photo session ideas, here are some of our favourites:

  1. Your baby (or family’s) favourite baked treat.  Is it pie? Doughnuts? Muffins? Or something else?
  2. A baby size bath filled with their favourite bath toys, cheerios, or even fruit
  3. Their collection of stuffed toys or their favourite books so we can surround them with the things they love
  4. Their favourite fruits with, or without, a big topping of whipped cream
  5. Finger painting 
  6. Sweet and simple. Your little one in a diaper cover or pair of pants where all the focus is one them

How did you celebrate your baby’s first birthday? What ideas do you have for first birthday sessions?