• Lisette Gatliff

1st Birthday Session in La Habra | Thomas


What better way to commemorate turning one year old than with an awesome dinosaur-themed cake smash?! Thomas is the sweetest guy with his big toothy grin. He is an active little explorer, so mom thought it would be a great idea to have his celebration shoot outdoors. She was right, and the day couldn’t have been prettier! The birthday boy seemed to love every minute of it.


Thomas’ mom is so creative, and I had a lot of fun planning this shoot with her. I love the color scheme she picked out with all of the bold yet masculine shades of orange, cobalt, teal, green, and light blue. Since we were outdoors, the colors really popped against the deeper shades of greenery. Everything looked so vibrant and playful. And, instead of traditional cake, she opted for a volcano cake – how cool is that?!


Before starting the cake smash, we did a few dressier one-year portraits of Thomas. He looked so handsome in his button down and spring-themed vest. I was amazed at how happy he was through all of these. Most one-year-olds are ever on the go and get a little antsy during this portion, but he put on his biggest smile and played peek-a-boo with us. He was cute as could be as he peeked around a column to see us, holding on tight for balance.


Finally, we got ready for the grand finale! After making sure everything was in place, Thomas made his rounds exploring the dino-themed set. He checked out the cute tassels and his birthday sign that says, “Rawr means I love you in dinosaur.” Perfect for a little boy since they’re known for communicating via weird noises, ha!

When we brought out the cake, he wasn’t quite sure what to think. He tried it and immediately made the cutest face – not quite what he was expecting. But he quickly went back for more and decided that it was pretty good. I love the picture of him laid out on the blanket by his cake!





Happy birthday, little one! May your year be filled with adventure.