Cake & Confetti


We started out a little timid and unsure, but by the end we were ALL covered in cake and confetti…

Kaitlin (Piper’s mommy) wanted something similar to what big sister had… I warned her that we will more than likely shoot all of this in my garage..but “it would be great!” We exchanged several texts and screenshots to make the vision come alive, and the day of the shoot, we both combined forces to create this cake smash happen.

I used a rolling clothing rack to hold up the backdrop. I had ordered this gold backdrop from Amazon… and as much as I LOVE it, I now know I need to put something behind it to make it thicker and less see through. I safety pinned the hanging props onto the backdrop so that they would be the perfect height for a one-year-old. I used a disposable paper table cloth for the flooring (and confetti collector) and mom and dad provided the gold & pink balloons along with the cake, made with love by Piper’s sweet grandma!

I truly believe most things can be held together with a little bit of duct tape and safety pins… and that’s pretty much how this show went on!

Piper was nervous and overwhelmed all at the same time! I turned on some music to get the party started before they placed the cake in front of her. All she wanted to do was explore my garage full of 30 years worth of memories, my husbands beer brewing stash and my classroom stock pile. Then.. she found the jackpot of confetti and all bets were off. She was happy to follow that bag of shiny stuff anywhere, and I was so thankful because I was limited with framing….(remember the clothing rack)?

We ended up having a ton of fun, laughing at all of her facial expressions, especially her reaction to her cake, and we made a mess! I couldn’t have done it without her mom & dad there! They were both so patient and helpful in working with me through this whole process!


This shoot will forever be one of my favorites because I got to work so closely with mom, dad and baby! It was so fun planning everything out, making a vision come alive and most of all, spending time with them! I still can’t believe these were taken in my garage!!!

Now to invest in a few more items, like a heater and a backing for my backdrop to start a new studio space… JUST KIDDING! (maybe????) Happy first birthday, sweet Piper!




Author: kristinwatkinsphotos

Hello! I am Kristin and I am a portrait photographer in Virginia Beach, VA! I love capturing couples, growing families and happy moments in natural light. Creating memories to cherish for a lifetime is what I feel called to do.

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