Named for and specializing in 2018 Bergen’s Best first birthday photography, we at Giella Barbara Photography offer unique and creative sessions to mark the first birthday milestone. The birthday session is such a fun one and is really a special way of recognizing your little one’s first year! Our cake smash sessions are tailor made and unique to every client.

For Ciara’s smash, mom wanted something pretty and classic, but with a little twist. She loved using the colors of blush, white, gold and sage, but also wanted to bring in aspects of Fall to note the season. Suddenly this became the perfect combination for a set, which turned out better then we could have hoped. We definitely think this could be a new client favorite!

Straight off, we knew that finding pumpkins in September and October would be no hard task; however, the right color pumpkins (pinks, sage), we were unsure about. However, much to our surprise, the all mighty Homegoods and TJ Maxx , (as per usual) did not disappoint. The shelves were filled with a pumpkin patch of colors – pinks, greens, golds and silvers. The choice were seemingly endless and it was hard to narrow down the choices. We filled out carts, already envisioning how beautiful the setup was going to be! Needless to say, pumpkin picking was never so much fun!

The session started outdoors with some beautiful shots of Ciara, Mom and Dad. Our new studio, located in Midland Park, NJ is situated in an old, historic brownstone mill complex and offers a bounty of nooks and crannies. These little nuances gives our location a ton of character, as well as offers up some really beautiful photographs.

We took advantage of a refurbished wooden bench that sits behind the studio and looks out a the water and running waterfall. So many great shots and the happiness factor knew no bounds. We always get so lucky and have the cutest little families!

With the setting sun rapidly disappearing, we finished up and headed back upstairs to our studio for the start of the smash. There were no introductions needed, as Ciara went hands first into the cake and cheered in delight as her tiny fingers dug through its layers! We call this a WIN in our book! Not every cake smash goes this well and not every baby is this happy! But Ciara had no problem getting dirty and enjoyed Every.Single.Minute of her time with the cake.  Mom chose a delicate, gold-laced romper from our sitter wardrobe which perfectly accented the sage and blush tones in the session. We really do love this setup and the uniqueness of the fall landscape.

After the smash, we brought out our cute, picture perfect tub that so many of our little clients love. This is usually the happiest part of the session for most. Again, Ciara had no hesitations and splashed (and technically still tried to smash) her cake. What a fun and sweet little girl!

These are the moments that really make us cherish our jobs and what we can offer and provide to families! That first year and that one year milestone is such an important and remarkable one.

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