“I don’t care how much it costs!  He only turns one once!”

When it comes to custom designing a perfect photo set for a first birthday cake smash, these words are like music to my ears!  So when we heard that one of our favorite clients was throwing a Super Mario Brothers themed first birthday party in the Manhattan Beach area, we knew we had some fun work ahead of us!

It started with a Home Depot trip.  Having a creative brain, I tend to over-think a lot of things.  I spent a good 2 or 3 hours walking up and down the PVC piping and air conditioning isles.  I kept setting up piping along the floor staring at it, analyzing the shapes, sizes and heights.  Finally, things started resembling the pipes that Mario goes into!  It was hilarious when the gentlemen working there came over to ask if I was finding everything okay.  Needless to say, they thought my requests were pretty odd!  🙂

The craft store was a little less odd.  I fit right in with all the other crafty folks, selecting the best material for the bricks, perfect paint colors, what to use for coins, flags, mushrooms, etc.  By the time I got home with all of the goods, my home became a full-on work station!

When it was all said and done, the time spent crafting and designing this custom first birthday cake smash set was somewhere near 30 hours.  It was all worth it for the final result!

Our favorite photos from Asher’s first birthday cake smash photo session near Manhattan Beach:

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