St. Louis + Destination


Travel & Nature Photojournalism

It is such a bittersweet thing, to watch my niece and nephew grow. It is incredible seeing them develop into their own personalities and hitting milestones, but at the same time, I cannot help but cry a little inside. Baylor just started taking her first baby steps and before I know it, she’ll be up and literally running. This time is so fleeting, and they will soon young adults. Possibly one day, they’ll even be too cool for their Aunt Lindsay. But for now, I will enjoy every moment that I can with them.

Over the weekend we held a cake smash photography session for Baylor, who is nearing her very first birthday. It was a cold and dreary day outside, so we set up a back drop and studio lighting for her session. Her helpful big brother, Jace, even joined in on the fun!

Below are some behind-the-scenes photos of Jace and Baylor enjoying this delicious Almond Cake from Sarah’s Cake Shop. We will celebrate her llama-themed birthday in a few months, rather than this weekend as planned. With everyone currently taking precautions in regards to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, our families felt it was most responsible to postpone our celebration for the time being. I am thankful, though, that we were able to have a small cake smash celebration for her!

Cake Smash

Big Brother with Cake

Thank goodness for Etsy is one of my most favorite places to purchase photography set accessories. I have always had great luck in finding beautifully handcrafted items right here, in the United States. My sister in law had a boho-minimal theme in mind for this session, and together we found the perfect accessories for Baylor’s cake smash session. Etsy shops KnotandBaile and TheBlushingFig provided the garlands, and I found a beautiful little tieback headband from Etsy shop LilSparkleBug.

Hannah found the most adorable little romper at Bailey’s Blossoms, and she hand-crafted a greenery crown for Baylor. I love the elegance, but also minimalist simplicity, of her romper. It photographed perfectly!

The last thing we needed to find was the perfect smash cake, and thankfully, local bakery Sarah’s Cake Shop had the perfect little almond cake. I learned that it is quite stressful transporting a cake safely. I appreciate that Sarah’s Cake Shop expertly boxed this cake for transport. Keeping it chilled over ice in a cooler to ensure the frosting and base wouldn’t melt or move, the cake made it safely from St. Louis to Cape Girardeau without issue – except that I frequently wanted to pull my car over and devour that delicious cake.

Vendor Love

Cake: Sarah’s Cake Shop (local St. Louis shop)
Tassel Garland: KnotAndBaile (via Etsy)
Pom Pom Garland: TheBlushingFig (via Etsy)
Llama: Pottery Barn Kids
Romper: Bailey’s Blossoms
Floral Tieback Headband: LilSparkleBug (via Etsy)