Sage is ONE!

Sage’s First Birthday Baby Milestone Session

Remember Sage from her first birthday sneak peek? Or maybe her 9 month milestone session? I have had the honor of photographing her through her milestones over the first year of her life.  Selfishly, I love baby milestone packages for this very reason! I just love being able to watch these babies grow up and come into their little (and sometimes big) personalities.

Today her parents met me at my Burnsville studio for her viewing session, where we watched a beautiful slideshow of all of her photographs from each one of her milestone sessions. It was fun to chat about how much she has grown and compare her size and hair color from each session. It looks like she will have red hair just like her daddy. Who I have challenged to obtaining a strong Irish accent before their next family session.  That will be an amusing session for sure!  We also selected what photographs would look best in her first year album, which of course I will share with you all once it is designed 🙂

I am so blessed <3    and so are Sage’s parents! Seriously! Look at those cheeks!
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Thank you Cakewalk of Northfield, MN for yet another beautiful smash cake!
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  • Corey - What an adorable baby girl! I love the variety you captured during her first year session. those cake smash photos are just perfect! Too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - I love milestone sessions as they are an amazing way to see how much a baby grows in just one short year! You really showed off Sage’s personality in your Burnsville studio, which I’m sure her parents absolutely treasure. Her smile is too precious!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - What an amazing little lady, sage is beautiful and love the name as well. I can only imagine how BIG her personality is as we see her grow through images. That cake smash looked to be a big hit and yes that cheeks are adorable are they filled with cake as well? 😉 Looking forward to seeing their next family session. Her first year milestone with you was one huge hit!ReplyCancel

  • jeanine - Wow! So many great images of this little lady and her family! Love them all!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - These are just wonderful! I love the variation with the lighter colored cake smash and the darker individual/family images. Great representation! Beautiful girl!ReplyCancel

  • abbie - cheeky little girl! I love the first image and the little puss. Seems she got happier with the cake! what a great 1st birthday photography sessionReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Oh my goodness! She just has the sweetest little face, doesn’t she? I love love the simplicity of your sets for her session. I am guessing the blanket and stuffed animal are some of her favorite things, and if so, I love the creativity of incorporating them in to the session. Looking forward to seeing that finished album!ReplyCancel

  • Christine D - Such a sweet first birthday session! And she had fun with that cake smash! I love seeing the comparison from tiny newborn to sitter to one year toddler. And that portrait with her face in her blankie…adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - Wow. Its incredible how much she has grown this year! This family is lucky to have had you capture all her big milestones and all this growth. I adore her cake smash and that sweet face.ReplyCancel

  • Cake Smash! Baby Photographer -Zoë's first birthday! - […] yet another beautiful smash cake! They always do an amazing job for me!  Did you know that each first birthday photography session includes a custom […]ReplyCancel

  • Diane Bartoo - Oh my goodness, what an adorable baby girl! I love her expressions, and those beautiful blue eyes just stare right back at you! How wonderful that you were able to capture this adorable baby girl through her first year! It is such a fun experience to see these babies grow up in photos.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - These photos are just darling! I absolutely love that the little girl is wearing a tutu on her birthday. The colors just come together so perfectly. Great job Melanie Painter!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I love milestone session babies. You can see her personality in her session come to life. My favorite part of this whole thing is that you captured those daddy shots and fit in his tattoo each time. Great work!ReplyCancel

  • rebecca - I love the naturalness and the different angles of these images… What a beautiful child too…xReplyCancel

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