Category Archives: Babies

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!



Black and White Photography Sara Smile Photography South Dayton Ohio



I love black and white photos.  I love the depth.  I love that they are timeless.  I love that they draw you in without much distraction.  I love the emotion that black and white photographs convey.  I generally include several black and white photographs in every gallery.  It’s very easy to create great wall collages with black and white photographs.  Be sure to PRINT your photographs and display them in your house!  Don’t leave them on a cd or on your hard drive!  Print Print Print!

Here are some of examples of black and white photographs from sessions I have taken.













Mommy and Me! Sara Smile Photography Springboro Ohio Photographer



As a mother, it’s easy to make an excuse to hide behind the camera.  Let’s face it, most moms are *taking* the photos…not getting in them.  It’s important to make time to get in photos with your children.  Let me help you pick the perfect wardrobe to flatter you…get your hair done or your makeup done…and then come get your photo taken with your children.  You won’t regret it!






Color or Black & White? How do I choose? Sara Smile Photography Springboro Ohio Photographer




When it comes to choosing between editing a photo in color or black and white…how do I choose?  Well, a lot of it has to do with the shadows and “mood” of the photo.  If the light was dramatic and bold, I am likely to edit it in black and white to show off the drama of the lighting.

Sometimes, I choose to edit a photo in both color AND black & white to let you decide which you prefer!  Some of my clients have framed galleries in their homes and need black & white photos to compliment the rest of the gallery.

Black and white photos can be more “timeless” than color photos.  You notice the clothing and other possible distractions less when the the photo is black and white.  That said…there are times when the colors of the photo are what makes it spectacular!

If you ever want to see one of your photos in color and black and white, let me know and I would be glad to accommodate your request!  If I think that the particular photo won’t look as nice in black/white vs color, I’ll tell you and explain why.

Thank you for trusting me to preserve your most precious memories!