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Little Boys! Smiles…fun…and sometimes a little dirt! :) Sara Smile Photography South Dayton Ohio

I grew up with a sister.  We didn’t have a boy in the family…besides my dad who was so outnumbered by girls that he didn’t count as a boy, ha!  When I found out I pregnant with my son, I had NO idea what to do.  I didn’t know anything about little boys.  I was nervous and excited at the same time.  What have I learned about boys?  They are SO much fun!  They get dirty and don’t care.  They fall and get right back up again.  Boys melt their mama’s hearts…with just a little glance.  I love to talk about stinky feet and make boys giggle.  Here are some examples of photos of little boys…enjoy!














One year old boy session…cake smash! Sara Smile Photography Springboro Ohio Photographer

Your baby is turning *ONE*!  That first year flies by…in a blur of smiles, sleeplessness, diapers, tears and so much fun!  When you plan your first birthday session, consider adding a cake smash to your session!


What is a cake smash?  You bring the cake, I take photos of your baby enjoying the cake for the first time!  It’s best to bring a white cake with white icing.  (Imagine what red icing looks like smeared all over your child’s face, ha!)   I will prepare a set ahead of time with the colors that will look best for your child…and then we will let your child have fun with the cake.  Don’t worry…not all kids like the cake/icing.  We will do our best (think about bringing some of your child’s favorite foods, ie cheerios or puffs, and we can always hide them in the cake) to get lots of smiles!


Here are some examples of photos from a one year old session.  We start with more traditional photos…and end with the cake smash!

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What is your passion? Preserve your passion with a photograph! Sara Smile Photography Springboro Ohio



Do you have a passion?  Why not use your session to capture your passion?  I love it when my clients want to choose a “theme” or passion of theirs to integrate into their session.  Tell me about what you love to do and then I can choose a location and help you bring your passion to life in your photos.  Do you love horses?  Let’s take photos of you and your horse!


Does your son love to play with matchbox cars?  Bring them to your session so we can use them!




Do you play a musical instrument?  Bring it to your session and I will find a way to incorporate it into your photos!





Does your child have a favorite stuffed animal?  There is no better time to capture that “love” than during your photo session!





Does your child love her sunglasses?  Bring them to your session and she’s sure to have fun!



Childhood…how to capture your child during your session. Sara Smile Photography Springboro Ohio


One of my goals is to have FUN during your session.  And while having fun, I want to make sure to capture the details and moments that you will want to remember.  Like…how your son using to run around in the grass without a care in the world!


I try to position you in a beautiful location with great light and then let you and your family work your magic!  I want your family to feel relaxed and comfortable.  I want your photographs to allow you to re-live moments in time.


Try and go into your session without a certain idea of how/what your child will act/smile during the session.  I always tell parents that if your child isn’t a “smiley” child, it’s unlikely that he/she will sit and smile for the camera.  And honestly, that wouldn’t be the way you would want to remember your child.  You *know* your child’s personality so if he/she tends to be more shy and introverted, allow me to capture that part of his/her personality!

Location Location Location! Sara Smile Photography Springboro Ohio


How do I choose a location?  Location and the time of your portrait session (literally, 30 minutes makes a huge difference in the quality of light) are very important to making your session a success!

The best time of day is either 1-2 hours after sunrise or 1-2 hours before sunset.  I will choose a location that will maximize the gorgeous light from the sun.  If you have a location in mind, let me know so I can go scout that location ahead of time in order to schedule your session when the light is best.

All of these photos of this very photogenic High School Senior were taken at the same location (so much variety) and the session started about 1 hour after sunrise.  My clients hire me because they know that I will deliver images that will be beautifully lit and nicely composed!  I normally use several camera lenses to create different looks and variety during your session!












Garage light…what?!? Sara Smile Photography Springboro Ohio


I have a studio indoors that has studio lights and several backgrounds to use.  But…in the summer and when it’s warm, I will sometimes take my backgrounds out to the garage.  Say what?  The garage???!!!!  Yes…that’s right!  The garage!  When I place the background at just the right spot in the garage, the light coming through the garage door is beautiful!  I loved this sibling session…that was taken in the summer in the garage!  Don’t be afraid if I come to you with a crazy idea like taking photos in the garage…trust me!  I will make sure your photographs turn out amazing!

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