If you’ve been hanging around All Things Spliced of late, you may just have noticed that it has recently been a certain little baby’s first birthday. As part of Baby Lighty’s birthday celebrations, Mrs Lighty really wanted to have some professional photos taken to commemorate the occasion and to capture Baby Lighty as exactly that before he gets too big: my baby.
When Mrs Lighty was pregnant, I had asked Mr Lighty if we could get some professional photos taken once the baby arrived. “No need to pay out for some professional ones,” he said, “I’ll take them!”. Well, this seemed like a good plan, Mr Lighty does, after all, have a foundation degree in photography, and we were a little strapped for cash on my SMP. But then Baby Lighty arrived, and, quite frankly, we didn’t know our
arse bum from our elbow, let alone have the time or inclination to stage and take newborn photos!
So when I suggested the idea of a cake smash to celebrate Baby Lighty’s first birthday and hopefully get some lovely professional pictures, as Mr Lighty started to say “I’ll take them…!”, he was cut right off: no,this time, we were going to have them done properly to ensure that they did actually get done!
I did some research and was given the recommendation of the wonderful Day and Knight Photography. After some emails back and forth, their outdoor shoots really appealed to me as something a little different from the normal studio shoots, so we booked and Mrs Lighty set about finding an outfit for the birthday boy.
I’d love to say that the bright blue shorts, braces and bow tie combo was all my own idea, but I had actually researched cake smash outfits and asked to look at friends’ shoots and the brightness of the blue appealed to me, especially as I knew that I could team it well with the rainbow bunting that Day and Knight supplied, and a bright celebration cake. We were also in the midst of planning Baby Lighty’s Up! themed first birthday party, so I hoped that the bright colours would work well alongside the bright balloons and bunting at the party if we had some of the photos on display on the day.
Day and Knight are located in Burnham on Crouch, a quaint little town on the Blackwater Estuary, so we decided to make a bit of a day of it, with lunch on the waterfront afterwards. Luckily the weather was kind to us on this occasion and we were able to have the outdoor shoot that we’d hoped for in a pretty meadow around the corner from the couple’s home studio. I was really pleased to get some ‘smart’ photos of Baby Lighty before things were (supposed) to get messy, and I was really happy with the bright blue of the outfit I’d chosen; I know I’m biased, but I felt that it really brought out the beautiful blue of Baby Lighty’s eyes!
I say above that things were supposed to get messy, because once Baby Lighty was let loose with the cake, he wasn’t at all interested! Even once we’d given him a piece to try! At one point I had serious doubts that this could be Mrs Lighty’s child: I mean, my child, not liking cake?! What’s up with that?!
Despite this, we had a lot of fun trying to get him to go to town on the cake, and we did manage to get one photo of him trying some cake and some cute ones with a spoon, but as I said on the day, I wasn’t overly fussed about messy ones, as long as we got some lovely professional photos of him. And I’ll let the photos speak for themselves to show you just how lovely they are…
Thank you so much, Day and Knight, for the beautiful images, we absolutely love them and we’re so pleased to have captured our gorgeous Baby Lighty on film in this way as he turns one!
For more information on Day and Knight’s photoshoots, click here: I was not paid for this post, and Mr and Mrs Lighty paid in full for the photoshoot; I am just sharing our experience of what was a really fun day.
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