St. Simon's Island Family Photographer | One Year Old Cake Smash & Family Session

st simons island family photographer | st simons island baby session

While I love shooting family sessions outdoors, I do love the challenge of shooting a family session in my cozy St. Simon's Island studio also.   It's actually pretty funny squeezing families onto my studio "bed" and getting them super close.   I've been photographing this family since big sister was one.  She started out as a camera shy and not so happy participant in family sessions but over the last year or so she has blossomed into this joyous, outgoing & loving sister.  She readily laughs during these sessions and insists on helping me carry things around - all while giving me these beautiful big smiles!  And that red hair!!!  I'm SUCH a sucker for a redhead little girl.  Would it be bad for me to admit that when my daughter was born a strawberry blonde that I hoped she'd be a true redhead when she got older??? 

Little sister has grown so much since I did her newborn session and she has quite the spunky personality herself.  Although we didn't get but a few smiles (she mostly regarded me rather curiously!) she definitely kept us laughing with her expressions and it's obvious she [mostly] loves her big sister, ha!

Here are a few of my favorites from their session:

st simons island family photographer | st simons island cake smash session
st simons island newborn & family session | candace hires photography
candace hires photography | st simons island family and newborn photographer

Loved the cake smash part of her session!  I used to go overboard with the cake smash decorations - think tissue paper flowers, balloons, big distracting banners.  I've learned over the last couple of years that I really love to just keep it simple and keep the focus on what's important - the birthday baby! Soft colors, delicate banners, soft textures...I love working with my clients to create outfits and color palettes for their cake smashes. 

candace hires photography | st simons island cake smash

Mama and both girl's clothing was borrowed from the studio wardrobe.  I love being able to offer my clients timeless and classic clothing in soft pastels and neutrals.  Shopping for everyone for your portrait session can be frustrating.  I take the frustration away by providing a carefully curated, high-end studio wardrobe that my clients are welcome to borrow from for their sessions.  I also offer a shopping service - email me for more information.

All sessions include access to the Studio Wardrobe, easy scheduling of hair and makeup, beautiful fine art prints, and digital files for safe-keeping.  All are included in your choice of collection and your personal ordering appointment.   Are you interested in booking your own maternity, newborn or baby milestone session?  Please click here to connect with me today. I commission only four newborn sessions per month and two baby or maternity sessions per month and it’s never too early to book!  To see some of my latest work, be sure and follow me on Instagram    and   Facebook.


Candace Hires Photography is a St. Simon's Island photographer located in Saint Simon's Island, Georgia, also specializing in newborn, family, maternity and baby photography in nearby cities from Brunswick, GA to Kingsland/St. Marys, GA, Jacksonville, FL,Fernandina Beach, FL, Waycross, GA and Darien, GA.