Weston’s First Birthday | York Region Children’s Photographer

Happy Birthday Weston!

first-birthday-portraitOne of my sweetest 2014 newborn clients came to visit me for his first birthday portrait and smash cake.  It’s lovely to see him so grown up!  Such a quiet, tender and curious little one, with a hint of mischief in his eyes.  You should have seen him light up when he saw that cake!   That cake made the whole studio smell sooooo good!  I wanted to tell the story of this cake as Weston’s mom told it to me that day- but instead I asked one of the most eloquent writers I know to tell it herself.

“I pride myself on being – for the most part – a very healthy eater. Now that I’m a mom, I’ve become even more aware of what I consume, and even more so what I feed our son. Leading up to his first birthday I did a lot of research about ‘Healthy Birthday Cakes’, hoping to find something I could make for his cake smash photo shoot that wouldn’t be ‘bad’ for him. I narrowed the options down to one, from many (supposedly) successful options, and being a procrastinator to the core, made it at midnight the night before.
There wasn’t enough batter. It didn’t rise. It didn’t come out of the pans easily. It was heavy and dense. I knew very quickly that it wasn’t going to crumble the way it needed to for the sake of the photos, and I panicked. I was exhausted, and felt defeated, but then I did what I should have done in the first place; I made my Mom’s famous carrot cake.”


“It’s a classic fan favourite I can make with my eyes closed, and I’ve never met a person who hasn’t loved it. I even made it as our wedding cake, as my Mom passed away the previous year (and I’d always warned her she’d have to make it when I got married). I didn’t get to bed until 2am that night but it didn’t matter. It was perfect, and he loved it. Maybe a little too much.
Lesson learned? Balance is key. The carrot cake will always win. It’s tradition, and I shouldn’t have ever overthought it in the first place. Kids should eat cake, especially on their birthday, even if it isn’t ‘good’ for them!
The icing on the cake? My Dad and father-in-law even split the mess that remained, as they didn’t want to see it go to waste. It’s that good!”

1st-birthday-photosWild-West-birthday-themeAnd now the fun part- clean up!  Actually, it’s not fun.  And sometimes, like Weston, 1 year old’s get a tad grumpy when you take their cake away.  Who wouldn’t?  But most kids also like baths.  So, a last minute decision was made to include a tub and some bubbles in the session.  It worked!  Sort of.  At least he got clean?cake-smash-clean-up-bubbles


Kelly Rawlinson | York Region Newborn Photographer

Why Newborn Photography?

The birth of my daughter, and becoming a mom, was an incredible experience.  I became insanely passionate about this time in a woman’s life; the excitement, the fears, the joy- it’s nothing short of miraculous.  And as a photographer, it naturally became my desire to create memories of this time for others.

I am a portrait photographer specializing in modern, fresh and natural newborn photography.  Based in Willow Beach, Ontario, I service Georgina and the surrounding areas- GTA, York Region, Newmarket, Aurora, Keswick, Sutton, Beaverton, Barrie, Innisfil, Bradford, and Orillia.
My focus is on simple, beautiful newborn portraits with a contemporary look and posing.  Maternity, baby milestone, cake smash, birthday and family sessions are also available.  To view my work, please see recent blog posts or view my porfolio galleries.

Little Miss A | Georgina Photographer

Beautiful 1 month old Audrey!

Audrey’s mother contacted me when she was just about 1 month old.  She did not realize that newborn portraits are usually booked while still pregnant, or that the best age for those curly, sleepy newborn poses is 6-10 days.

I was disheartened to hear that she had been turned away by several photographers because her baby was “too old”.  I could never turn away any family wanting beautiful photographs of their child for that reason!  I explained that it was unlikely that Audrey would sleep well enough, or be able to curl up in the newborn poses, but I would still capture some beautiful moments- even if she was awake.

Andrey was a bit fussy and unsettled for the first part of her session.  I worked at her pace, and when she finally fell into a deep sleep (surprising us all) I was able to get some amazing shots- posing nearly as well as an under-two-week-old baby.

Here are a few of the best photos from the session.



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Cake Smash Session | Photography in Georgina

Harper, one of my favourite little baby planners, recently turned 1!  Next to newborn photos, turning one (and having a first taste of sugar) is one of the most important times to document!  This session, -first year portraits and cake smash- is my 3rd photoshoot with Harper this year.  I really love getting to know my little clients as they grow and change over this amazing time.  I love how I feel like I’m watching and recording how their personality is growing and changing, as I make pictures at various ages and stages.  And I love the deeper connection with my clients that comes after multiple sessions- that I think of them as friends, not just clients.

At the beginning of the studio session I will take some more formal portraits in clothing or props that the family brings, or that I have available in the studio.  If they had newborn or other milestone sessions in the past I tend to continue with the same colour pallet, or theme, sometimes using a particular prop in each session.  This repetition will help show just how much their baby has grown (in relation to the prop) as well as create a series that can be displayed together in your home!  I did this for Harper’s family with the white antique chair seen below.  To document the cake smash I created the image collage below for display on her bedroom wall.  I’ve also shown a couple more photos from the 1 year session that really show her personality.

If you’ve already done your baby’s newborn photos with me, it’s not too late to join the Baby Plan.  Click here to request information or sign up!