When you’re born in November in the height of Autumn, you of course have a Fall Cake Smash Photography session! Right? Fall in New Jersey is our most favorite time of year, hands down. How cannot you not love Fall on the East Coast and as photographers, it’s our most coveted time of year!

Mackenzie celebrates her birthday at the very end of November. Right after what is usually Thanksgiving and before the mad crazy of the winter holidays! It’s also the last few weeks of Fall. So when Erika (Mackenzie’s mom) told us she wanted a Fall Splendor for her little girls cake smash, we jumped and frolicked at the chance! Everyone frolics in Fall.. NO? Just us?

Catching up with moms on the phone is always one of the perks of my job! We had last seen Erika at Mackenzie’s newborn session, so it was almost a year later – and a year in which we all somehow (and continue to) survived a pandemic. On our pre-session consult call, we really went into detail and came up with ways to make the design of Mackenzie’s Fall Cake Smash Photography set a true representation of Fall. We wanted lots of explosive color in all the typical fall hues: browns, yellows, oranges and touches of woods. We decided (with some slight persuasion from dad) to incorporate a few small pumpkins throughout, but to not make that the sole focus.

We created an outdoor, rustic Fall set up that was the epitome of what Autumn in New Jersey can look like. Acorns and golden leaves littered the area, along with with bright orange and golden yellow florals. We even threw in a few sunflowers to enhance the overall vibrancy of the set. The cake was a yellow ombre buttercream, accented with a small Sunflower and leaves.. We sprinkled twinkle lights and lanterns into the background which topped the set off with a warm, golden glow. If only warm, crackling fires were allowed in our studio. We were definitely ready to cozy up!

It was truly a Fall Dream and spectacular set up and Mom fell head over heels in love with it. And Mackenzie…well, we think she LOVED everything too!

Happiest of Birthdays to this sweet girl. We can’t wait for future sessions with this awesome little family.

Our cake smash photography sessions are a great way to celebrate and document your baby’s first year! We offer a customized and unique session for you and your family. For more information visit our website or email us at info@giellabarbaraphotography.com.

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