Newport Beach, CA & Gilbert, AZ • Sessions by appointment only

Puppy Cake Smash! 1st birthday portrait

1st Birthday Cake Smash with a favorite furry friend!

Victoria had a blast with her birthday cake and dog. We never know how these cake smash pet sessions will go but this one was so good! It almost seemed like the dog had done this before. The cake was created by French’s Cupcake Bakery – with purple and pink buttercream frosting and a touch of gold. The banner was found at BabyBirdieBoutique. The backgrounds came from LemonDrop Backdrops. We hung gold door beads in front of the backdrops. The cute pink romper was purchased at PoshPeanutKids.

Pets and Birthday Cakes

Be sure to check with your vet. Dogs should not eat sugar or chocolate, it is REALLY bad for them. The owner of this animal stayed very close and would pull the dog back between photos. Sugar and fat will give your dog a stomach ache and smaller dogs can get very sick. If you want to make your dog a cake, you can actually make pet friendly frosting at home!

Booking your Cake Smash session

Ready to book your cake smash session? Awesome, let’s get started with your vision by calling the studio or emailing us. We would love to hear your ideas and get your child on the calendar. Best to book your date 3-6 weeks in advance so we have time to build your theme and set.

About the photographer

Gilmore Studios is a husband and wife team maternity, newborn, children and family photography studio in Orange County, CA. Contact us for more info about booking your studio or on location session in the Southern California area.

Brian and Jennifer Gilmore specialize in studio & natural light photography in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, and surrounding areas in OC and Los Angeles, CA. 

Call 949-698-3968 or email us to book your summer and fall 2017 photography sessions. Cake smash sessions are $250 and by reservation only. All cake smash sets are custom built to the client’s theme or color scheme and include a cake.

Props and backgrounds

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LemonDrop Backdrops


French’s Cupcake Bakery


Birthday cake smash photographer

Meet the Gilmores:

Gilmore Studios is a husband and wife team that serves Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego areas. We specialize in fine wedding photography, family portraits, and newborn photography. Our studio has been in business since 2002.

Fun Facts:

PLace we call home:

Newport Beach

Number of kids:

3 boys

Years in business:

Since 2002

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Newport Beach, CA & Gilbert, AZ

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