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

Rock Climbing Cake Smash – 1st Birthday

Rock Climbing Cake Smash Theme

Just when we thought we’ve seen every possible cake smash theme, a new one comes along!  Baby James is quite the little climber, so it only made sense to build a rock climbing set for his 1st birthday cake smash session.  The rock climbing cake smash concept was pretty easy but we got stuck on the background.  That is where our very own office manager Dani came in!  She is an amazing artist and came up with this beautiful sunset backdrop. Afterward the session, James hopped into our cute bathtub to rinse off the buttercream.

Custom backgrounds need a custom cake!

We can always count on French’s Cupcake Bakery for a unique cake design. The cake designers came up with this cute little mountain cake- complete with a water fall. These cakes are just too gorgeous to smash, right? Happy Birthday James!

Gilmore Studios Elsewhere

Gilmore Studios on Instagram! Be sure to follow us, as we post updates and new sessions daily. If you’re in the mood for more baby portraits and cake smash sessions, then check out @GilmoreStudiosBabies, this account is dedicated to babies! We also have even more cake smashesbaby posts, and family portrait sessions on our blog.


Gilmore Studios is a photographer team specializing in maternitynewbornchildren and family photography 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.

Call 949-698-3968 or email us to book your summer, fall, and winter 2018 photography sessions. Cake smash sessions are $250 and by reservation only. All birthday cake smash sets are custom built to the client’s theme or color scheme and include a yummy cake baked with love from French’s Cupcake Bakery.

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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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