One of the biggest questions I get from clients for Cake Smash NJ inquiries is, “I want to book a cake smash, but can I get formal portraits too?” That’s a totally valid question! The idea of the cake smash is extremely popular, so much so that often times it feels like it is the only option. I know as a mama, I want those adorable cake smash photos but also want some timeless photos of my little as well. Does this sound like you? I’m here to help!! Below, I’m sharing some things to consider and what to expect with Golden Heart Photography when celebrating a first birthday.

First Birthday Milestone Session Options | Cake Smash NJ | Golden Heart Photography


Congrats, Mama! You’ve raised that babe for one full year. That’s reason to celebrate! Cake smash sessions are offered in studio or outside, with options to build a session tailored to your ideas, with curated backdrops, props and outfit ideas. I’ll also share cake and bakery recommendations. And don’t worry—before the mess begins, we’ll do a short and sweet portrait session for your little one so that you can create some beautiful artwork for your home to always have a window into these times of laughs, smiles and little hands and feet.


If smashing cake just isn’t your style (and that is okay!) then we can do a first birthday milestone session. Milestone sessions are also offered in studio and outside and offer the same options and creative process as cake smash sessions. The bonus of your milestone session is that you get to use your time for multiple outfits for portraits. These milestone sessions are absolutely precious and will truly capture your little one and lend to creating beautiful albums or wall art for your home. Don’t feel like you need cake to celebrate … you don’t!


A lot changes in a single year, and The Milestone Collective is here to capture it with up to four sessions—maternity, newborn, six-months milestone and cake smash. If you end up choosing this bundle at newborn timeframe we can add another milestone session around 8-months for you. Bundles are a beautiful way to really capture and celebrate the growth that happens so quickly in this first year. Many first year members opt to create a first year album, ordering images as they go through their sessions to be printed after their first birthday session.

First Birthday Milestone Session Options | Cake Smash NJ | Golden Heart Photography

I hope this was helpful for you! If you’d like for me to capture your first birthday or first year memories, I’d love for you to contact me HERE!

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