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Cakesmash Photoshoot - Benjamin's 1st Birthday - Calgary and Airdrie Cakesmash Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Cakesmash Photoshoot - Calgary and Airdrie Cakesmash Photographer

This was my fourth time taking photos for this beautiful family. You can check out Avery’s Newborn Photoshoot here and her cakesmash session here. Benjamin’s newborn session here and this was his cakesmash session. Of course with our unpredictable weather in Calgary - it snowed the day before the photoshoot and we have just made the best of it. We have started with some family shots at the local green space (or shall I say “white” space?) and then we have proceeded with the Cakesmash photoshoot - and as you can see in these photos Benjamin LOVED it! He was smashing it and smashing it till the point that Avery became worried that she won’t have any cake left for herself, so she came to the rescue and helped her brother finish the cake, which he didn’t mind and even tried to feed it to her. I remember for Avery’s cakesmash - she was so careful with the cake, just picking little pieces slowly like a real lady, not Benjamin - he didn’t care about getting his hands dirty. And he definitely enjoyed his bubble bath too - splashing and laughing and having the time of his life.

If you are in Calgary, Airdrie and surrounding area and interested in a cakesmash session for your 1 year old, reach out - I absolutely love these fun, messy and memorable sessions!

1 year old baby boy is sitting on a little bed. Calgary baby photographer - Milashka Photography
Baby boy is sitting on a seamless backdrop and is wearing a cute hat.
Baby boy and his 2 year old sister are playing with their dog. Calgary photographer.
Sister is giving a loving hug to her baby brother. Calgary children photographer -Milashka Photography
Baby boy is about to smash his 1st birthday cake. Calgary Cakesmash Photographer.
Baby boy just tried his birthday cake for the first time and is licking his finger. Cakesmash photographer in Calgary, Alberta
Birthday boy is smashing his birthday cake. Calgary cakesmash photographer
Happy little 1 year old is eating his first cake. Calgary and Airdrie cakesmash photographer
Happy baby boy is smashing his birthday cake and playing with balloons. Calgary Cakesmash photographer.
Happy 1 year old has his whole face covered in cake. Calgary and Airdrie cakesmash photographer
Birthday boy is eating his birthday cake and is covered in sugar goodness. Cakesmash in YYC. YYC cakesmash photographer
Little feet and a hand covered in a cake. Cakesmash action in Calgary, Alberta
Big sister came to help her 1 year old brother with the cake. Cakesmash photoshoot in Calgary, Alberta.
1 year old birthday boy is sharing his smashed cake with his 2 year old sister. Calgary cakesmash photographer
Birthday boy is sharing his birthday cake with his sister. Cakesmash photoshoot in Calgary, Alberta.
Birthday boy is sitting in a tub for his bubble bath and smiling. Smash and Splash photoshoot in Calgary.
Smash and Splash photoshoot. Baby boy is sitting in a tub and is smiling. Smash and Splash session by an Airdrie and Calgary photographer - Milashka photography
2 year old sister came to play with her 1 year old brother, while he is sitting in a tub full of bubbles. Smash and Splash photoshoot in Calgary, Alberta.
Family shot of parents and their 2 toddlers
Dad has his son up in the air. Family photographer in Calgary, Alberta
Mother and son. Calgary family photographer - Milashka photography
Mom is spinning her daughter in this family photoshoot in Calgary, Alberta
Dad has his daughter up in the air and she is laughing. Calgary photographer.
Family of 4 are holding hands and walking towards a photographer. Calgary family photographer - Milashka Photography
Sister and brother are sitting beside each other and looking at the camera. Calgary children photographer
A toddler girl is holding tulips while there is snow everywhere. Calgary and Airdrie family photographer
Happy little toddler girl is spinning around in her pink dress and sticking her tongue out. Calgary photographer.

Calgary Russian Family Photographer - Maslenitsa by Mila Boekestyn

Calgary Russian Family Photographer - Maslenitsa

As many of you know I am originally from Russia, although I have been living in Canada for the past 25 years, Russian heritage and of course my accent is something that will always stay with me :-). I had the idea of this specific photoshoot for a very long time and I was so glad that I was able to finally accomplish it during the Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday called - “Maslenitsa”.

Maslenitsa is the oldest surviving slavic holiday. It is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, that is, the eighth week before Orthodox Easter (Pasxa). It is usually observed by Russian, Belarusians and Ukrainian communities worldwide. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a sun-festival and a celebration of the imminent end of the winter.

The most characteristic food of Maslenitsa is “Blini” -  thin pancakes or crepes, made from the rich foods still allowed by the Orthodox tradition that week: butter, eggs and milk. Since Lent excludes parties, secular music, dancing and other distractions from spiritual life, Maslenitsa represents the last chance to take part in social activities that are not appropriate during the more prayerful, sober and introspective Lenten season.

My goddaughter Isabella and her older sister Diana were my perfect little models for this photoshoot - dressed in the traditional Russian clothes and headscarfs and drinking tea from traditional dishes and a “Samovar” - a heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in Russia and eating “pryaniki” - Russian gingerbread cookies - I couldn’t wish for any better outcome!

Two sisters are dressed in Russian traditional clothes, drinking tea from Russian traditional dishes and Samovar and eating “Pryaniki” - Russian gingerbread cookies
Russian inspired photoshoot. Two sisters are dressed in Russian traditional clothes and drinking tea from Russian traditional dishes and Samovar. Russian Canadian Photographer - Milashka Photography
Russian inspired photoshoot. A girl is dressed in a traditional Russian clothes and drinking tea from a Samovar and Russian traditional dishes. Russian Calgary Photographer - Milashka Photography
Russian girl. Dressed in Russian traditional clothes and holding a Russian dish. Calgary Russian Photographer
A portrait of a girl standing outside during the winter and dressed in Russian inspired clothes. Russian Canadian Photographer - Milashka Photography
Russian Girl. A little girl dressed in traditional Russian clothing during winter. Calgary Child photographer - Milashka Photography
Russian sisters. Two sisters are dressed in Russian traditional clothes during Maslenitsa. Russian Canadian photographer - Milashka photographer

Calgary and Airdrie Newborn Photographer - Newborn Baby Girl - Aledy - Newborn Photoshoot by Mila Boekestyn

Calgary and Airdrie Newborn Photographer - Newborn Baby Girl - Newborn Photoshoot

So tiny, so delicate, so precious - introducing a 9 days fresh beautiful newborn baby girl - Aledy! She was SO GOOD to me, slept almost the entire time and was very cooperative during her Newborn Photoshoot. For Aledy’s mommy’s maternity session which we did in the mountains (you can see this session here), we used very bright and colourful maternity gowns (I have a large collection of different maternity gowns, which I offer to all of my maternity clients), so for Aledy’s Newborn Photoshoot, I tried to keep the same colours and the same theme - colourful, bright and happy. I think I succeeded! World, meet beautiful Aledy!!!

Newborn baby girl wrapped in the yellow wrap with a sunflower headband, lying in the middle of a giant sunflower prop. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl wrapped in a purple wrap, lying in the white wooden bowl, surrounded by purple flowers. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Airdrie Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl, wrapped in the mustard colour wrap, lying in the white wooden bowl. Newborn baby photoshoot ideas. Calgary and Airdrie newborn photographer
Newborn baby girl wrapped in the white cloth, lying in the white wooden bowl and sleeping soundly. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Airdrie and Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Potato sack pose - newborn baby girl wrapped in a mustard colour wrap on a bean bag and cream flokati rug. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary photographer specializing in Newborn and Maternity portraiture - Milashka Photography
Newborn Baby girl, lying in a heart shaped bowl - newborn photography ideas. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl is holding a purple bear, wrapped in a purple wrap and wearing a purple hat, lying in a white wooden bowl. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary and Airdrie Newborn photographer
Newborn baby girl in a bucket. Mint colour wraps, hat and curly layers. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary and Airdrie Newborn photographer
Newborn baby girl lying on a white backdrop. Baby rolls. Newborn photography ideas. Calgary Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography.
Chin on hands pose. Newborn Photoshoot on a beanbag. Beautiful newborn baby girl is lying on a beanbag. White wrap and white backdrop and white headbands. Newborn Photoshoot idea. Calgary Newbon photographer - Milashka Photography
Two sisters on a beanbag. Older sibling is hugging her newborn sister. Newborn siblings photoshoot idea. Calgary and Airdrie newborn photography. Milashka Photography
Mother and daughter shot. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Mother is lying down on a flokati rug and have her newborn daughter nearby. Calgary and Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Mother with her two daughters. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary and Airdrie photographer - Milashka Photography

Newborn Photoshoot - Baby girl - Olivia - Calgary and Airdrie Newborn Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Newborn Photoshoot - Baby girl - Calgary and Airdrie Newborn Photographer

Sweet little Olivia was born at 9lbs 1oz! She has 2 older brothers, in fact I have met Olivia’s parents when her middle brother was born for his newborn photoshoot! It is so nice to see my newborn clients all grown up! Olivia did so good during her newborn photoshoot, she was sleepy, calm and I just loved her chubby cheeks, such a yummy baby girl. Her older brother was so worried that I would take her home, he kept reminding me throughout the photoshoot that Olivia is there to stay and NOT to be taken anywhere lol. World, meet beautiful Olivia!

Newborn baby girl on a beanbag with chin on hands pose. Chubby cheeks baby. Calgary and Airdrie Newborn photographer
Newborn baby girl in a froggy pose on a beanbag. White backdrop. Newborn photographer in Calgary, Alberta. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl’s profile photo. Photoshoot on a beanbag with a white backdrop. Calgary and Airdrie newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Bum up pose on a beanbag with white backdrop. Baby girl on a beanbag. Newborn photography. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
Flower in bloom. Ana Brandt inspired shot with a baby girl wrapped like a flower. Calgary and Airdrie, Alberta Photographer. Milashka Photography
Rainbow baby photoshoot idea. Baby girl in a dreamcatcher basket surrounded by flowers and holding a unicorn. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
Baby girl in a wooden bowl wearing a lilac hat, holding a lilac bear and surrounded by lilac fluff. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
A simple Christmas inspired set up with a newborn baby girl in a bowl. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl with a unicorn plush toy. Airdrie Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl in a crate. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Little baby girl wrapped, wearing bear bonnet and holding a tiny little bear in her hand. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl in a stroller. Newborn photoshoot in Calgary, Alberta. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Tired little baby girl is yawning in a potato sack pose on a beanbag. Newborn photography ideas. Calgary Photographer - Milashka Photography
Siblings love. Newborn photoshoot with 2 older siblings. 2 brothers looking at their newborn baby sister in a stroller. Calgary photographer - Milashka Photography
Shhhhh, she is sleeping - said older brother. Siblings and newborn photoshoot ideas. Newborn photography. Milashka Photography - Calgary photographer

Nixon by Mila Boekestyn

Nixon was the youngest client I have ever had! He was 3 days fresh and is already a star of the show. He has a very loving little sister - Kate, she was so excited to take pictures with her little brother, calling him "my baby". Nixon was born just before Canadian Thanksgiving, so naturally we had to do some Thanksgiving theme pictures!  World, meet sweet Nixon!

Sadie by Mila Boekestyn

Sadie arrived early, just like her mommy predicted. For a 5 day fresh baby, Sadie was super alert, she barely slept at all during the whole photoshoot.  She is just a curious little girl who wants to know what's going on around her in this new and exciting world.  And I just can't get enough of these "sisterly love" pictures with Sadie and her big sister Ellie. They are so precious!  World, meet Sadie!

Violet and Tessa by Mila Boekestyn

When i was pregnant with my daughter, I remember thinking of possible girl names and my husband proposed - Sophia.  I always loved that name and I used to have a great - grandmother with that name, so it made sense at the time and we were very happy with our choice.  Once Sophia was born, we quickly realized that we were not the only ones that thought of that name, it's almost like there was some unconscious collective thinking which made Sophia #1 name for almost 5 consecutive years in Quebec and Ontario...  That said, I am having a feeling that the name Violet is coming back and crawling up the charts of popular girl names this year.  I have met another beautiful and precious little Violet.  She had her big sister Tessa showering her with love and attention and although Tessa is only 4 years old, she was handling Violet with such love and care! World, meet Violet!