• Baby Baby Grand Piano & Shave Ice Smashing | First Birthday Shoot

    Who brings a baby baby grand piano to the beach? This girl! *points up*

    Thalia wanted to do a shoot commemorating her daughter Phoebe's first birthday and incorporating the same baby grand piano she played with as a child. She later showed me a photo of herself playing the piano, only a few months older than Phoebe. I melted. I love when parents bring props, especially sentimental ones.

    Thalia asked if I had any other ideas for the shoot, and I told her that I'd recently done a cake smashing and thought it would be fun to do a spin on that - shave ice smashing! Phoebe had yet to try her first bite of shave ice and Thalia thought it was a cute idea. was both and fun and super cute, but ultimately not my best idea. More on that later. Take a look and see why I heart first birthday shoots.

    Cutest frowny face!

    So, as you are probably aware, shave ice is cold. And the average person eats it with a spoon. Not just because it would be messy otherwise, but because it would be cold. You see where I'm going...

    Phoebe did indeed like the shave ice - she liked the sweetness - but she didn't like that it was so cold. She wanted more of the deliciousness so she kept grabbing the ice, eating it, then looking at her hand and crying. Annnd repeat. It was cute and funny the first couple times and then we just felt bad. So, lesson learned, shave ice smashing for a baby's first birthday is not the best idea. Unless you have a dextrously-advanced child capable of using utensils...or gloves.

    Phoebe is pretty darn smart because at some point she was like, screw frozen hands, I don't need my hands.

    And this is one of many reasons why I heart first birthday shoots. :)

    For more photos from this shoot: First birthday piano & shave ice photo gallery