There is something really beautiful about being in business for longer than a year.  Not only does that mean my business is "fingers crossed" doing well.  It also means that I start seeing some repeat families and little ones.

This past week, I had the opportunity to photograph two families again who I had the absolute pleasure of working with last year.  You can see the maternity session at Dundee Falls HERE.  For the second session, I met with the sweetest family just outside of Sugarcreek, Ohio for a woodsy session and one year cake smash.

Photographing people is not easy.  It is fun and I enjoy every single minute of it, but each time I meet with a new family or baby it takes some time for me to understand each person's comfort zone or identify their strengths or weaknesses with posing.  Some people open right up in front of a camera, others take some time.  Just as I need to understand them, it takes each new client some time to warm up to me and my way of photography.

Sugarcreek Ohio Family Photography, A one year birthday cake smash and woodsy family session

The beautiful thing about having repeat clients and families is that we start to develop a relationship.  It doesn't take quite as long to warm up each time, and I already understand a bit more about their personalities and relationship.  It makes the experience that much better when you feel as if you're spending the evening with a friend.

I know Emily from work and am thankful to call her a friend already, but I loved having the opportunity to meet her husband and am grateful to have photographed their sweet little girls newborn photos and now celebrate her turning one year.

Calista is an absolute doll.  She is so petite and has a sweet, little personality to match.  As it usually goes on a photo shoot day, she did not sleep well and was a little fussy in the afternoon, but I would have never known based off of how she behaved in front of the camera.  It is obvious she adores her mom and dad and she made it quite well known that she adores her blanky too!  With a little help, we were able to get some of the cutest smiles and laughs showing her personality off perfectly.

Next it was on to the cake smash.  Emily made the adorable cake herself and I was in LOVE with how everything came together so perfectly.  We picked a small little opening right inside the woods where the sun touched just right and Calista was allowed to have at it.  

To be honest, I was expecting a little hesitancy as she took a minute to explore the cake and figure out what it was.  Not in the least.  As you can see with photographic evidence, mom is barely even out of the frame before this little babe dove right in.  I don't know that she even managed to eat any cake, but she feasted on that icing like there was no tomorrow.  

For fear of a belly ache, we finally cut the birthday girl off (without even a single tear!) cleaned her up and headed out to a cute little stonewall for her final debut.  Naked babies are my favorite and I just loved how adorable she looked in her baby bloomers and gold headband.  Thank you Calista and Coblentz's for allowing me to be a part of this, enjoy your memories!