Indoor vs. Outdoor 1 Year Milestone Session

As your little one approaches their first birthday, it’s a time of celebration, reflection, and capturing their precious 1 year milestone session. These sessions provide beautiful memories that you’ll cherish for years to come.  When it comes to planning a 1 year milestone, many incorporate a fun cake smash! Regardless of whether your little one dives right in, or is a little more reserved, these images always turn out great! Aside from choosing whether or not to do a cake smash, there’s the decision of whether to opt for an indoor or outdoor setting. Both options offer unique benefits, and timeless portraits of this milestone moment. Below are the differences and advantages of an Indoor vs. outdoor 1 year milestone and cake smash session to help you make the best choice for your family.

Indoor vs. Outdoor 1 Year Milestone Session

Indoor Sessions

One of the main benefits of indoor cake smash sessions is the convenience and reliability. With indoor sessions, you don’t have to worry about unpredictable weather conditions affecting your plans. Rain or shine, you can rest assured that your session will unfold without issue, allowing you to focus on capturing those adorable milestone moments.

Indoor settings also provide a simple, classic, and timeless backdrop for your photoshoot. My white, light and airy studio is the perfect spot to capture your little one in a clean and minimalistic environment allowing the focus to remain solely on your little one. This results in beautiful timeless images. 

Furthermore, indoor sessions are typically scheduled during the day, eliminating concerns about schedule disruptions or late bedtimes for your little one since outdoor sessions are usually scheduled around sunset times. This ensures that your baby is well-rested and in the best spirits for their photoshoot, leading to more relaxed and enjoyable sessions for both baby and parents. 

Outdoor Sessions

On the other hand, outdoor sessions offer a versatile array of backdrops and settings to choose from, depending on your location preferences. Whether you opt for a picturesque park, a waterfront spot, or a charming garden, outdoor sessions provide endless opportunities for stunning and unique photographs that capture the beauty of nature.

Outdoor sessions are often scheduled during the golden hours of sunrise or sunset, when the lighting is soft and flattering. While this magical lighting helps to create light and airy imagery, it’s not always convenient with an infant and may interfere with your little one’s routine. However, with careful planning and preparation, many families find that the enchanting backdrop and golden hues of sunset create unforgettable memories that are worth the slight disruption to the bedtime routine.

Celebrating Your Baby

At the heart of a 1 year milestone and cake smash session is the celebration of your little one’s growth and accomplishments, surrounded by the love and support of family. When you book a milestone session with me, you can include all family members in the session, whether you choose an indoor or outdoor setting. Not only do you get milestone portraits of your one-year old but updated family photos, which is so important at this stage when children are constantly growing and changing!  Additionally, you have the flexibility to decide whether or not to incorporate a cake smash into the session. While it is a fun addition to a milestone session, it is entirely up to you! 

Both indoor and outdoor 1 year milestone sessions offer unique benefits and opportunities for capturing precious memories. Whether you prefer the reliability and simplicity of an indoor session or the versatility and natural beauty of an outdoor session, the most important thing is to choose the option that aligns with your family’s preferences and vision. Regardless of the setting, the love and joy of your beautiful family will shine through in the photographs, serving as cherished reminders of your little one’s first year of life.

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