Jenni Nikki

Birthday Photoshoot Ideas

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Looking for 1st Birthday photoshoot ideas or toddler birthday milestones from ages 2-5 years old? Hi, my name is Jenn and I am a baby/child photographer in the Greater Atlanta, GA area. My private studio is located in Woodstock, GA but I also offer on location outdoor sessions as well. Your child’s 1st birthday is a major milestone to celebrate and document, as they have changed tremendously over the last 12 months. They have reached several milestones like rolling over, grabbing their toes, holding their own bottle, sitting up, crawling, feeding themselves, saying their first words and now working towards walking and entering the toddler stages. Documenting their 1st birthday is a joyous occasion to capture their final stage of infancy before they become a toddler on the move. But don’t stop at the 1st birthday as every birthday after that is just as special so these sets below work for ages 1 to 5 years old.

There are so many ideas, themes and options to think about to creatively capture this moment. You can choose one of these past themes I have photographed or you can customize your session (for an added designer fee) where I will research, shop, purchase and create a unique theme that matches your vision so all you have to do is show up with a happy baby/toddler. Either way, I strive to make this moment a fun and enjoyable experience that you will remember for years to come! My sessions include the cake/cupcakes, outfits, backdrops, props and more. Scroll below to check out all the ideas and possibilities for your child’s Birthday Photoshoot.

Sweet as a Peach Cake Smash Theme

This is always a fun (and popular) theme that can be photographed several different ways. Even though these are all girls, I can make it work for a boy set as well without the floral and just touches of greenery and peaches.

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Living in Georgia, the Peach Birthday theme is a perfect fit! This garland is a backdrop and does not require adding on balloons.
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Prefer a more simple set? These are the perfect peachy colors.
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Peach, greenery and gold accents fit nicely.
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The balloon basket can be customized to use with any color scheme
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Cake Smash Theme

Balloon garlands added on are always a client favorite. This set can fit boys or girls

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These blues and golds are perfect for a night time twinkle twinkle little star theme
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If you want to skip the balloon garland, I have this backdrop set as well and you can add on balloons.
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Simplistic Pink/Cream Boho Floral Set

Looking for less props and just a more simplistic set with pinks, creams and greenery? This set is a backdrop and not an actual garland so it saves you the extra cost as well.

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Add on a balloon basket to match for a different look
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I like to get some photos before we get messy with the cake
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Option to not have lights on the garland
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Add on the balloon basket for another look and change up the colors if you prefer as well.
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Add on the bath set to let them have fun while getting cleaned up
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Sometimes you just can’t get enough cake (even if it is all wet and soggy haha)

Baby Blues

Blues can be perfect for boys or girls. This would be a custom set or you need to add on the balloon garland option or choose the blue fabric banner instead. You can also change up the balloon garland for your preferred color scheme.

Blues, grays and creams offer a nice soft color palette
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Shades of blue accents can work for boys or girls.

Princess Roses

The mauve purples and pinks and perfect for your little princess. This is a backdrop so no need to add on a balloon garland.

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Babies love the bath time set that is added on at the end of the session
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Adding on the balloon basket pose to match is perfect for another look

Simplistic Peony Flowers and Balloons Set

This set is simplistic and elegant with peony flowers, a teepee, clear balloons and fairy lights. If you are looking for something more simple then this set is perfect. Add on a fun bubble bath clean up at the end of the session as well.

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Add on a bath and bubbles for a fun clean up
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Upgrade to the balloon basket pose for an additional simple birthday set.

Love you to the Moon and Back

This set is nice and vibrant and perfect for girls or boys with nice blue and yellow accents. If her name is Luna- this set is a must. This is a backdrop so no balloon garland upgrade needed.

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Great additional set using the moon prop instead of the balloon basket pose
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Bath time add on set

DONUT Grow Up 1st Birthday Theme

Who doesn’t love donuts? This set is perfect for boys or girls or twins and I love the bright colors.

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Twins can fit in the bath together
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When you just want more donuts.

Little Traveler Birthday Theme

This set is a perfect gender neutral backdrop that will look great for boys or girls.

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Upgrade to a designer cake to match the theme exactly
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Add on a balloon basket upgrade pose for more variety and a simplistic look
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Galaxy Girl Birthday Theme

(or Boy Colors can be ordered for boys)

This would be a custom balloon garland upgrade and can be created in your preferred color scheme so perfect for girls or boys. This girls name was Luna so we had to incorporate the moon into her theme.

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Upgrade to the bath set for added smiles and fun
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Upgrade to the balloon basket pose for more variety

Boho Birthday Theme

This neutral greenery set is perfect for girls or boys to provide a boho simplistic vibe.

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Upgrade and add on a neutral balloon basket pose for more variety

Winter Onederland 1st Birthday Theme

Have a baby that is born in the winter? This theme will suit them perfectly whether they are a boy or a girl!

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Neutral colors are perfect to match your home decor.
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Love the pop of blue for a soft winter color
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I always like to capture some sweet pictures before they get messy too
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Over the Rainbow Birthday Theme

This session is perfect for rainbow babies or just because you love rainbows. The balloon garland can be customized to any colors you prefer- Earthy tones, pastels, primary colors and more. Balloon garlands are not included in past sets and are an add on upgrade or included in a custom set.

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Add on a balloon basket pose to match
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Add on a matching balloon basket pose for more variety
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Adding on the bath set always ends up in a big smile

Sweet One Strawberry Cake Smash Theme

This Strawberry theme is perfect for summertime babies and can work with boys or girls.

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Safari/ Wild One Cake Smash Theme

These are perfect for boys who love animals or have an animal themed bedroom.

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Add on balloons for some colorful accents.
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Love the safari outfit to fit the set perfectly.
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Don’t feed the Animals!

Boho Safari Birthday Theme

This is just a more boho version of the safari theme. Perfect for boys or girls where we can add in some dusty pink too or prettier green/teal for girls. This set would require a custom theme or adding on a balloon garland.

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Boho Pampas Garland Birthday Set

This soft green set provides a great neutral, boho feel. It can be geared towards boys or girls with candles, pampas grass and greenery and the balloon colors can be customized. This set would require a custom theme collection or adding on a balloon garland.

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These soft greens are perfect for boys or girls
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Classic Winnie the Pooh Birthday Theme

This sweet look can be photographed outdoors or I have two perfect Winnie the Pooh backdrops in studio since babies tend to do better in a temperature controlled environment and you can beat the heat/bugs or colder weather.

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The bear bonnet was a perfect touch!
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A jumbo balloon like in the classic Winnie the Pooh stories
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A honey bee cake that was dairy and egg free. Perfect add on for those babies that have allergies.
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Prefer an indoor Winnie the Pooh set to beat the heat and avoid the bugs, then this one is perfect. Also upgrade to a more artistic cake design to match your set.
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This additional backdrop is perfect for more variety and the adorable bear romper.
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Add on a matching balloon basket set for more variety and cake free options.
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Ending the session with a splash always gets cute smiles.

Boho Sunflowers Birthday Theme

These deep, vibrant colors look great, especially for a Fall or Summer Baby.

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Great use of the basket pose without the added cost of balloons
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Add on the balloon basket pose upgrade for a different look to match.
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Upgrade to the bath time photos for an added look and more variety
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Bohemian Purple Florals Birthday Set

Looking for a colorful bohemian set with gold accents and shades of purple florals then this set is perfect. You can also add on a balloon garland as well to match.

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Add on a balloon garland instead of the hanging florals.
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Airplane Birthday Set (One Year Flew By)

This birthday set is perfect for one year olds or toddlers. If your boy loves airplanes or Dad is a pilot then this set is a perfect fit. Balloons are extra to add in.

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This airplane prop is the perfect fit for a 1-2 year old.
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All sessions allow 2 outfit changes.

Peony Balloon Arch Birthday Set

Soft pinks, peaches and peonies are perfect for little girls. This drop has 2 options (with the Teepee or without). No garland upgrade rewuired as it is a backdrop.

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The bath time shots always brings out great smiles
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The balloon basket pose is perfect for more variety and an different look
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Balloon garland backdrop without the teepee
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Fairy lights added in for some sparkle
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Balloon Basket pose upgrade for an added look and more variety

Woodlands Birthday Theme

If your little one is outdoorsy, this set is perfect to capture their personality. You can add in Woodland animals, just keep it mountain peaks and trees or add in deer/red accents for a holiday look.

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Cupcakes are perfect for toddler birthday sessions
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Even 2 years olds love the bath set

Boho Girl Cake Smash Theme

This boho set is perfect if you love pinks, creams, greenery and flowers.

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This is a perfect neutral set for boys that has brown and gold accents.

Pinks and Whites Cake Smash Theme

A simplistic set for girls with pink and white and floral accents. Add on balloons for the set and basket pose.

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Mr. Onederful Cake Smash Theme

This set is perfect to showcase your Mr. Onederful with lights and black/gold accents. Balloon garland upgrade or custom set collection required.

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Vintage Florals Cake Smash Set

I love the soft colors of pinks and creams together with a little greenery. Perfect set for any little girl.

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Balloon baskets are perfect for an extra added set.
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End the session with a splash and a perfect way to clean them up.
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Little Star Cake Smash Theme

This blue and white set is perfect to feature your Little Star. Add on extra balloons for more color.

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Change up the outfit when it is time to get messy

Unicorn Cake Smash Theme

There are a few different ways to have fun with this Unicorn cake smash theme (bold or pastel colors).

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This pastel balloon backdrop is perfect for the unicorn set up.
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Add on balloons for another look to match your set
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Take off the onesie and let them get messy in the cake with just the tutu on
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Add in lots of yummy Unicorn sweets
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Colorful balloon wall with Unicorn Cake (backdrop and not actual balloons)

1st Trip Around The Sun Cake Smash Theme

This is a fun and colorful set that has 2 outfit options, the astronaut suit or the ONE outfit with the planets material. A great way to document their one year milestone and 1st trip around the sun! Add on balloons for the basket pose.

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Astronaut suit for a perfect space theme
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Up Up and Away in a balloon basket
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ONE outfit with the planets material.

Here Comes the Sun

This retro look can be customized for girly colors too. Perfect set to highlight their first year coming up. Custom set collection or balloon garland upgrade reuired.

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Add on a balloon basket to match your preferred color scheme.
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Add on a bath session at the end to get baby cleaned up plus some fun photos
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Prefer a lighter backdrop? This creamy color also looks great and the balloons were changed up slightly.
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Blues and Greens Cake Smash Theme

Blues and greens are perfect soft colors for a boy or girl session. You can add on a custom garland or use the Marson balloon garland backdrop option.

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Custom garland in blues, greens and cream
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Add on the balloon option for another look to match your set.
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Use this backdrop option if you did not choose a custom theme or pay to add on an actual balloon garland. I have the perfect dress to match for baby girls too.
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Upgrade to have the balloon basket pose added on for another look
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Upgrade to a bath time session for easy clean up

Beary 1st Birthday Cake Smash Theme

This set can be customized to fit a boy or girl for their Beary 1st Birthday. Bear bonnets are also available to add in for a few poses to make your cutie a bear too.

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Bear bonnets available in pink and tan.
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This girl loved to get messy!

Pinks, Creams and Greenery

These soft colors are perfect for little girls.

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Lumberjack Cake Smash Theme

This look is great for in the studio or in the woods. A perfect fit for adventurous boys.

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His name was Jack so it was the perfect cake smash theme.
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Browns and Golds Cake Smash Theme

A neutral cake smash set with browns and gold accents. Can be used for boys or girls.

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Gingerbread/ Christmas Cake Smash Theme

This session is perfect for those babies born around Nov-Dec to incorporate a Christmas theme. Also add in the siblings for a fun Gingerbread baking photo.

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Fun Christmas colors for those holiday babies
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Baking gingerbread cookies

Mermaids and Sailors 1st Birthday Theme

This beach backdrop is perfect to create a fun Mermaid themed or Sailor themed birthday photoshoot. Mermaid outfit and props included plus I can add in the cake, ONE letters and more to really jazz it up.

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Feel free to bring your own sailor outfit or I can purchase one if you do my custom set that includes an outfit to match.
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I love simplistic photos that just focus on baby as well.
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Other Cake Smash Options Available

These backdrops below are new and have not been used yet. Pick which one you like and I can design a fun cake smash set around it.

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All girls love to dress up and be a princess so this set is perfect if you have a girly girl.
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I love these soft colors for little girls
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(Hot air balloon) Up, Up and away with this adorable set. Girls also look great in blue too!
Love the simplicity of these purple shades.

Ready to Book Your Baby’s 1st Birthday Photoshoot or your Toddler’s next milestone?

I hope you enjoyed looking through all the Birthday photoshoot ideas, so now it is time to book your session! I have a private studio in Woodstock, GA or I also offer outdoor sessions as well based on the look and theme you prefer. My dates book quickly so it is best to schedule your baby’s session at least 1-2 months in advance, especially if you want me to design and customize a unique set for your little one. Any design can be used for 1st birthdays or toddler birthdays (up to age 5). Click the link below for more information on my services and pricing. I look forward to working with you and documenting child’s Birthday milestone!

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