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Mia’s 1st birthday photoshoot

Mia’s 1st birthday photoshoot exceeded my expectations, which is not surprising because she is an absolutely adorable baby. When her momma reached out to schedule her first birthday photos, I was so excited to see how much she had grown since her newborn session last year. Her mom warned me that she tends to be very scared of strangers (super common for babies and toddlers), and was hoping to get at least a few smiles and not too many tears. I set up my studio, put out all of my favorite extra cute 1st birthday items and props, and hoped for the best. Mia did not disappoint! In fact she was all smiles and personality and oh-so-very-cute!

I started off with some sweet portraits, then moved on to get some candid shots of Mia playing. She loved playing with my chair (it’s the perfect size for babies, and they love it) and showing off her standing skills. We ended the session with a cake smash, which is of course always a fun highlight for first birthday photos!

I always love doing first birthday photos and this session was one of my favorites to date! Now to show off so many favorites from this brown-eyed beauty…

Benjamin is turning one | Menifee 1st Birthday photoshoot

Handsome little Benjamin is turning one! His 1st birthday photoshoot was filled with smiles and so much personality! I got to capture his portraits, birthday outfit photos, and some Toy Story themed photos for his birthday party. I always love meeting new clients, and meeting Benjamin and his momma was extra special because I learned they live in my neighborhood.

Emily Menzie is an experienced baby photographer in Menifee, California, capturing baby photos from newborn to first birthday for clients throughout Southern California.

Birthday Photographer | Moreno Valley Cake Smash

Avraj’s momma was looking for a birthday photographer for a fun cake smash photoshoot. She found me over on Thumbtack – I’m always intrigued to hear how people find my work and my website. I absolutely loved the style she requested for her little guy’s 1st birthday session. We started off with family photos, along with mom/baby and dad/baby shots (I highly encourage parents to be in the photos with their little ones!), captured some sweet portraits (I always try to get some great portrait photos — I think they’re the most important part of any photoshoot), snapped some fun “explorer” shots for his adventure themed birthday party, and ended with the cake smash. I loved his neutral cake smash with some pops of color from the greenery and balloons. Avraj was a total delight for his photoshoot — he was adorably expressive and smiled and clapped through the entire session. I hope he had a wonderful first birthday! I can only imagine it was extra fun with his fun-loving personality!

Emily Menzie Photography is located in Menifee, California and specializes in baby and child photography, from newborn photos to baby’s first birthday and beyond, including Fresh 48 sessions, in-home lifestyle sessions, and cake smash photos. Serving clients throughout Southern California including Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, Lake Elsinore, Winchester, French Valley, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, Canyon Hills, Moreno Valley, Riverside and all areas around the Inland Empire.

January birthday photoshoot

Beauties Gabriella and Kamila both have January birthdays, so we celebrated with a little January birthday photoshoot! Sibling photos are always so much fun. I first met these adorable sisters last year for Kamila’s newborn session. One of my greatest joys being a baby photographer is getting to see my newborn clients come back for their 1st birthday session (usually with a cake smash, as was the case with Kamila’s photo session). Check out this fun comparison…

newborn vs 1st birthday

It was Kamila’s actual birthday on the day of her photoshoot, and she decided it was her party and she would cry if she wanted to! She wasn’t my biggest fan that day, but she sure is adorable even through all the tears. I loved getting some comparison shots to her newborn session last year, and I was able to capture some portraits of her and big sister Gabriella too.

Tukáamawish | Southern California Cake Smash Photographer

Meeting Tukáamawish and his parents was such a treat! He is such a handsome little guy with the coolest name. I loved the photo collage his momma brought (I would love to do this on a larger scale more often) commemorating and celebrating his first year of life. We ended the session with a cake smash and he decided to use the cake topper as a spoon — so clever and funny!


Looking for a cake smash photographer in Southern California? Contact me and let’s chat! When booking with me, you’ll receive a questionnaire to fill out to customize your baby’s photoshoot.

Teagan’s 1st Birthday | Menifee Baby Photographer

Oh, what a beautiful baby! Teagan’s 1st birthday is coming up, and what a perfect way to celebrate her big day by capturing how cute she is. Enjoy a glimpse into her gallery — from her big blue eyes, adorable smile, and the pink, white & gold color palette for her session — I loved getting to photograph this cutie pie!

Looking for a baby photographer in the Menifee area? Let’s chat!

Reese turned one! | Temecula Cake Smash Photographer

Sweet little Reese celebrated her first birthday! I was thrilled when her mom decided to bring donuts instead of a traditional cake, it’s nice to change things up sometimes! Although Reese seemed a bit scared of the donuts, she looked adorable in her Winter Wonderland-themed outfit. Reese is absolutely precious with her chubby cheeks and stunning blue eyes. It was fun to include her big brother join in for some photos, they are both such cute kids.

Looking for a Temecula cake smash photographer? My home studio is located in Menifee, California, and I love capturing baby’s 1st birthday photos in the Temecula area and throughout the Inland Empire!

Christmas Birthday Baby | Fallbrook Baby Photographer

Being a Christmas Birthday Baby is so special! Adorable Christopher’s momma contacted me several months ago about doing a Christmas themed birthday photoshoot to celebrate his big day — turning one on Christmas! When his session finally rolled around, I couldn’t believe how quickly this year flew by! Getting to incorporate a Christmas theme into this session was so much fun. Christopher got to end the session in my little baby tub which he and every baby LOVES, always making for some cute shots.

Wishing a very happy 1st birthday to Christopher and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Aubrey’s 1st Birthday Photos

Check out Aubrey’s 1st birthday photos! Cutie Aubrey will be turning ONE in January and I loved getting to capture her big milestone!

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