With all of the elaborate custom sets that we design here at our portrait studio near Bel Air, California, sometimes it’s nice to just go back to the basics.  I mean really, you can never go wrong with a classic pink, gold and white theme for any baby girl’s portraits – especially for her first birthday!

Most of the phone calls that we get are for moms planning this color scheme for their daughter’s first birthday party – and we certainly don’t have any shortage of props, clothing and accessories with these colors!  It has also been popular to throw in small touches of mint or teal for a little color pop and it goes so nicely with that sweet, girly style.

We loved the simple elegance of this gorgeous first birthday cake smash session.  Miss Sadie was definitely a more serious baby, which made for a softness to her portraits, but it was so nice to see those little teeth come out for a shot!!  Us girls here at our Bel Air photography studio have a ton of tricks up our sleeves to try to get little ones to smile, but some babies are tougher to crack than others!  Some of our go-to moves include:

-Tickles and “I’m gonna get you!”s
-Playing “catch” with a small ball or object
-What we call “The Woosh” which is a combination of hiding behind a large board to play peek-a-boo and then blowing “wind” their direction.  Babies go nuts-o for this!

This among many other fun tricks work great – and even if not for a smile, you can get these very captivating, contemplative looks from babies – just like Sweet Sadie below!

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