Smash cakes have become a great way to celebrate a child’s first birthday. It’s a creative way to have some messy fun! Little Mother Photography does some of the most unique and fun smash cake sessions! We LOVE when parents have interesting ideas for their child’s smash cakes.
Your Smash and Splash package with Little Mother Photography includes a personalized cake (baked just for you by a local Rolla baker), 12 high resolution digital files (of your choosing), and a fun bath to finish up the set.
Check out some of our favorite smash cakes below!
Nothing quite like a bonfire on a crisp autumn evening! This special cake was made just for this little guy, complete with marshmallows to “roast” at the end of long pretzels.
Fresh strawberries? Yes please! This adorable strawberry shortcake smash was equal parts cute and delicious. And did you notice her sweet romper?
Sometimes simple is best. These cakes were elegant and still made for amazingly fun photo shoots!
Sometimes a smash cake doesn’t have to be a cake… These smash DONUTS were so much fun!
What a better way to celebrate a birthday than with a mermaid inspired cake? This little girl was loving her tasty magical creation.
This little boy LOVES whales, so what better way to celebrate his first birthday than with a super cute whale smash cake?
Little Mother Photography will be moving!
As of August 1, 2017 we will be in our new studio.
We’re working hard to update our contact information, but bear with us! Google may still send you to the old location.
Our new studio will be:
1007 Hauck Dr. Rolla, MO 65041
We’ll be in studio B (around back).
Here is the street view of the new building:
And here is a birds-eye view of the area:
Of course if you have ANY questions or trouble finding the new studio you can always call Kandi’s cell directly! 573-864-0106
What does Little Mother love about summer babies? We can take them outside!! Some of the most magical images of newborns happen in the grass and flowers.
We also love to do sessions with expecting mothers, older kids, and families outdoors too.
Check out some of these magical images below!
Don’t worry, your baby’s safety and comfort is always our TOP priority (inside or outside of the studio). We always put down a clean blanket or wrap to keep any dirt or bugs off of your bundle of joy. If it’s too hot, or cold, or if you have any concerns about going outside we’re more than happy to do your photos inside our studio.
Contact Little Mother Photography to schedule your outdoor* shoot today!
*Weather permitting. Otherwise we’ll be happy to shoot you indoors!
Little Mother associate photographer, Theresa Weidner’s baby girl has just turned 8 months. Below are 15 things she found to be valuable or wished she had when expecting. Are you looking to buy something special for an important expecting mother? Or are you expecting and looking for some useful items to add to your gift registry? Here are a few very unusual ideas that you may not think of. Did we miss one of your favorite items? Comment below!
Although many items can be bought locally, we’ve also provided links to Amazon for some as well. If you make a purchase through these links, a portion of the profit benefits the Phelps County Animal Welfare League (PCAWL) through Amazon Smile.
Detachable shower head
A detachable shower head is great for now and later. The expecting mother can use it while still pregnant to help sooth aching muscles and for cleaning harder to reach places while she is larger than she is accustomed to. It is also a great way to help with labor pains, (if she decides to labor at home before heading to the hospital). After birth the shower head will help her to get clean and feel better. It can even be used for years to come for easier bathing of her new child.
A sewing machine
If she is “crafty”, and doesn’t have one already, it may be nice to get her a simple one as a gift. A sewing machine can be a big help with hemming nursery curtains, putting new elastic in cloth diapers, or even mending her own clothes. The machine can be used in the future for sewing Halloween costumes, hemming pants, and patching clothes. Brother has some great sewing machine options for under $200, but you can also find great deals on used machines at local sewing shops, or online.
Although a new freezer can be very costly it may be worth looking around online or checking to see if a friend has a used one to donate. Making meals ahead of time and having extra space to freeze breast milk (if the mom is pumping) will be so helpful for the new parents. It can also be used to store padsicles (see below), teething toys, and more!
These can be a lifesaver for moms who deliver vaginally. Easy to make at home, they’re also a very inexpensive but thoughtful gift for the new mom.
Here’s a link for instructions.
Meals for her freezer
Another budget-friendly but super considerate gift is freezer meals. Eventually friends and family will go home and leave the new parents to fend for themselves. Meals that they can freeze and keep for these occasions are a God-send. Recommended meals include those that are have a lot of vegetables and are high in protein. For example: chicken and veggies ready to pop in the crock pot, pot pie or shepherd’s pie are all awesome ideas. Don’t forget the sweets either! Not only will the new parents greatly appreciate dessert, they’ll surely be entertaining lots of friends and family who will want to snack on something as well.
Oxi-clean powder and Shout Spray
Although some babies may need sensitive detergent, Theresa found that Oxi-clean powder and Shout spray are great additions to your normal laundry routine. The combination of the two can eliminate almost any bodily fluid stain.
As new parents: don’t be afraid to just throw away some clothes. Some will be beyond saving or just not worth the effort (see number 9: scissors). However, there will be sentimental pieces that you’ll want to salvage as best you can.
Little Mother recommends keeping a bottle of Shout Spray right by the changing table to immediately pretreat any fluids as soon as you take the clothing off of the baby. A scoop of Oxi-clean powder can then be added to the laundry cycle to really get at those stains. Wash on cold, heavy-duty (if your washer has the option), and then just hope for the best.
Size C Batteries
Why does everything baby-related take size C batteries? It’s a great mystery. Size C batteries seem to always be the one battery size that new parents don’t have, yet need the most! Gift the new parents a pack of these and they’ll be sure to thank you later.
Noise-canceling head phones.
Sometimes dad (or mom) just needs a break from the yelling and the screaming at zero o’clock in the morning. Maybe get two pair? One parent can use them to help sleep, and the other can use them to help get through changing and trying to sooth the baby. Amazon has an amazing pair for about $15
A special pair of scissors just for the nursery may sound odd, but they are super useful. These should be kept in a very safe and secure place, but easy enough to access for the parent in a time of need. These scissors are great for clipping tags off of clothing (even though you were so certain you got all of them before you threw the new clothes in the wash), to clip off those diaper rewards numbers for you to scan with your smart phone or enter online at some future date when you find the time, cut off that really dirty onesie that you don’t even want to try and save, as well as cut, snip, or trim a whole ton of other things.
Here’s an affordable 2 pack that Theresa loves.
Placenta encapsulation is the process of making pills or tablets from the dehydrated placenta. It is believed to have numerous health benefits including: increased iron levels, other important nutrients, decreased postpartum depression, balancing of postpartum hormones, faster healing from birth, increased milk supply, and increased energy. Locally, Summer Birth Services does this service for a very affordable cost. Summer is trained, experienced, and certified in the practice.
Extra phone charger
Of course you’ll need to know exactly what model of phone she owns, but an extra phone charger is an awesome gift. She can keep it in the nursery, at her pumping station, or have it ready to take with her in the hospital bag. With a new baby on the way she’ll be communicating more than ever with friends and family, on hold with the doctor’s office, taking and sharing photos and videos, googling important questions, etc.; she’ll be burning through her phone battery faster than ever.
Different sizes and brands of diapers, and wipes
Moms just never know what will work for them and their baby. What worked for their friends, family, or even their first baby may not work for this baby. Different may react differently to different diapers and wipes. Even if the mom is going to cloth diaper she’ll almost certainly appreciate having disposables available for travel, sitters, or other situations when cloth just won’t do. And be sure to get different sizes! Babies grow out of newborn diapers so fast, and everyone seems to love gifting newborn/size 1 diapers; be different and gift her some larger sizes. She’ll thank you later!
Jewelry with her child(children’s) birthstone(s)
This is a great gift to get the mom after her baby is here (just make sure you get the month correct!). Locally, Kent Jewelry has a great selection of birthstone jewelry for almost any price range. Last we checked their birth stone items start around $25. Of course you can find options on Amazon or other online retailers as well.
Talk to her about hiring a housekeeper and offer to help pay for this service. Or, if you have the time: go over and help yourself! Things like scrubbing the bathrooms, mopping the floors, dusting, changing the bedding, etc. are easy to overlook when you have a new human to care for. A good housekeeper will come and start with a thorough deep clean, then you can arrange for a standing weekly, biweekly, or monthly appointment.
Gift card for Little Mother Photography services
Although so many special moments can be captured quickly on a cell phone camera it is an amazing gift to have a professional photo shoot scheduled for the new mother. Time flies with a new baby, and you want to be sure to capture those moments throughout the first year.
Our Baby to Birthday package includes a newborn session, 3 mini sessions (for 3, 6 and 9 months), and a 12 month smash cake session. Each session includes digital files and at the end of the year you receive a professional 5x7 album. Don’t forget: Little Mother offers gift cards, and registry options!
All maternity images in the header image, Bernice in milk bath are photographs by Little Mother Photography. Other images in this blog post were not taken by Little Mother Photography.
Little Mother Photography specializes in very natural, simple, and timeless newborn photos. We strive to create fine art through beautiful portraiture. Those delicate details don’t last forever and we love creating lasting memories for your walls.
Below are 10 of our favorite newborn pictures of all time (in no particular order!)
Little Mother Photography has joined the Rolla Chamber of Commerce
Yesterday was our ribbon cutting ceremony! Little Mother invited a few of our closest friends for the event (our studio space is limited!). We served refreshments including these ADORABLE cookies from Pilk's Pops (check them out on facebook!)
Rolla Chamber of Commerce’s mission is “…to enhance the economic environment and quality of life in our community.” We look forward to a wonderful relationship with the Chamber as our business continues to grow and thrive!
Top 10 Places to Shop for Father’s Day (In and Near Rolla, MO!)
When shopping for dad this upcoming Father’s Day (Sunday, June 18, put it on your calendar!) why not keep it local? There are so many great places to find dad’s special gift right here in and around Rolla, Missouri.
Did we miss your favorite? Please comment on our blog below!
Just a Taste
Bow & Barrel Sportsmen Center
Located in St. Robert, Missouri Bow and Barrel offers an indoor firearms and outdoor archery ranges. In addition to offering regular open range hours they have special events and activities and training that dad may enjoy. Check them out on their website.
Taking dad out to Meramec Springs would be a fun and memorable day. A day pass is only $5 and an annual pass is $35. Meramec Springs is a great place to take dad fishing, for a nature walk, or explore the museum. Check out their website.
Smokey Acres Trading Company
St. James Golf Club
Does dad love golf? This challenging 9 hole course is surrounded by beautiful scenery. The club is semi private, but also open to the public. You can purchase 9 holes, 18 holes, or an annual membership. Check out their website.
Oak Meadow Golf Club
The Oak Meadow Golf Club’s driving range would be a perfect to practice your swings before hitting their 18-hole course. Oak Meadow Golf Club is semi-private, the setting is beautiful, and great for any skill level of golfer. Gift certificates are available or you can reserve a tee times on their website.
Matt’s Steak House
Almost any dad would love a delicious steak dinner. Matt’s prides itself in serving the most delicious food, local beers and wines. Their unlimited signature salad and bread sticks are also delicious! Keep in mind, Matt’s is closed Sunday and Mondays, reservations are always a good idea (and can be made on their website).
Known for their pizza their entire menu is delicious. Located downtown, Alex’s has been a Rolla staple since 1964. The restaurant also offers a selection of beers, wines, and mixed drinks. Check them out online.
Family Center offers a wide selection of clothes, housewares, and lawn and garden items. You’ll be sure to find something to fit your dad’s taste and your budget. Check out their website here.
Little Mother Photography
What could dad want more than images of the people he loves most? Consider booking a session for the whole family, perhaps just his kids or grandchildren. Looking for something a little nontraditional? Little Mother also does boudoir sessions.
If you book your session (very) soon there will be time to get the digital files ready to show him!
Please note: none of the photos (except for the last one) were taken by Little Mother Photography.
We have officially finished our first round of unicorn special sessions! Little Mother Photography spent two Saturdays taking photographs in St. James. A total of 19 sessions were done! After shooting, Kandi spent the better part of two weeks editing the photos. Overall the results were magical and the experience was memorable.
The sessions were booked weeks in advance. We started with only 1 day, but as the sessions were so popular, (and booked completely so quickly), we added a second! Everyone arrived early for their session, which made everything run smoothly, and allowed for maximum time for the children to pick out a perfect outfit, headpiece (if they wanted one), and get to know Snowflake before their session. One little girl brought her own sword and shield to do her own warrior poses!
Many children were brave and confident enough to get up on Snowflake’s back, which resulted in some amazing images! Some families came as a group to take advantage of this opportunity; something that is encouraged for almost any of our sessions. People traveled as far as Springfield, and Ozark, Missouri to meet Snowflake!
You may be surprised to learn that Snowflake is a deaf unicorn. Her mainly white coat and bright blue eyes, (with irises splashing into the pupil) are very common in deaf animals. Perhaps because of her hearing impairment Snowflake prefers to be in the company of other horses. Both days she had a friend accompany her to the photoshoot. All of our children (and parents) were very understanding and were good about not making any sudden movements and only walking in front of her.
We can’t wait to do another special unicorn session next spring (2018). Please watch our Facebook page closely for this and other special events!
Did you know that (according to the Andersonville Study of Retail Economics) buying local generates 70% more local economic activity per square foot as opposed to big box chain stores? So when you are shopping for the perfect gift for mom this year, we hope you’ll consider keeping those dollars here in the Rolla/St. James/ St. Robert areas. Below are Little Mother Photography's 10 favorite places to shop. The list is in no particular order.
Did we miss your favorite? Please comment on our blog below!
Consider taking mom out for a nice pint or meal. The Rolla Brewpub has amazing sandwiches and other light eats, but if you’re looking for a more substantial dinner, the St. James Taproom is amazing. Public House prides itself in using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. If the weather is agreeable you can relax in the beautiful Gardens which connect St. James Winery and Public House. The gardens’ outdoor wood-fired pizza kitchen is a must try!
You can check out the St. James Taproom hours, and download a menu here.
Red Door Gifts
Located in the heart of downtown Rolla, Red Door Gifts is more than your typical gift shop. Featuring beautiful jewelry, purses, as well as kitchen and home accessories; you’re sure to find something to fit your mom’s style and your budget. They were recently voted the #1 Gift Shop and #1 Boutique by the Rolla Daily News. Not sure exactly what mom wants this year? A Red Door gift card is always a safe bet!
You can check out Rolla Red Door Gifts website here.
And be sure to “like” them on their Facebook page, as a great way to hear about upcoming specials and see their latest merchandise!
Front Porch Boutique
For the most beautiful clothing, and accessories for mom or her home, check out the Front Porch Boutique. Their shop at 1901 Bishop Avenue is simply adorable, and definitely worth a stop. You can also preview a lot of their beautiful goods on their website. (They also offer gift cards!)
Huffman's Flowers of the Field
Located in St. James, Missouri, Huffman’s Flowers of the Field is a great, locally owned nursery, garden center, and gift shop. With a very knowledgeable owner and staff, Huffman’s is your one stop shop this spring! They offer a huge selection of native and exotic plants, flowers and trees. Marge and her staff will work with you to find the perfect plant for your mother.
Does your mom lack a green thumb? Then check out the beautiful (and very affordable) gift shop! Wind chimes, home accessories, vases, and more can be found in this adorable store. These lovely items would look great in your mom’s home or in her garden.
Be sure to “like” them on Facebook (and stay tuned to see when Little Mother will be hosting our next mini-session at their location!)
Sybill's of St. James
Open for over 10 years now, Sybill’s is amazing. Located in St. James, the restaurant and gift shop inhabit a 100 year old farm house. In addition to a full (and delicious) food menu, they also serve local craft beer, wine, and artisanal cocktails. Be sure to leave room for dessert, the selection changes regularly, but never disappoints! Reservations are recommended, but not required.
Before or after your meal the gift shop is a great stop. There they sell one-of-a-kind antiques, gifts, home accessories, jewelry, and more.
Check out their website, including menu, hours and information here.
Whose mother doesn’t love jewelry? Since 1984 Kent Jewelry is south central Missouri’s only full-service state-of-the-art jewelry design, repair and manufacturer. They have a large selection of fine jewelry on hand, you’ll be sure to find something for your price range. Charms and birthstones are always a wonderful idea for mom to show off her own birth month and memories, or those of her children or grandchildren! Check out Kent’s website.
Salon Legacy is a personal favorite of Little Mother for nails! Both Theresa and Kandi get their nails done by Jenny, but any of the ladies will take great care of your mother. With nearly a perfect 5 star review rating on Facebook your mom will surely have a great experience. They also offer hair service and gift cards are always available. Check out their beautiful work on their Facebook page.
Vinyl Junkie Designs by Amber
For beautiful, vinyl art please check out our dear friend, Amber! Custom t-shirts, mugs, decals, and more, she has you covered. Her work is top notch, her prices are unbelievable, turnaround time is fast, and her quality is astounding. She uses the best vinyl, you can provide your own shirt/mug/whatever (or she has some on hand too). For clothing (and other fabric items) she will professionally apply your design with her professional heat press, meaning it will last for hundreds of washes (she’ll give you exact washing instructions). You can find her Facebook page to contact her here.
The Beauty Mark
Another personal favorite of Little Mother! Kandi has been using The Beauty Mark for her hair cutting, color, and styling for years. In addition to hair they also do massages, face light therapy, skin care, and lash extensions. Your mom would love a gift card towards these services! You can find their contact information on their Facebook page.
Little Mother Photography
Little Mother Photography gift cards and photos are always a great gift idea! Little Mother has gift cards available for any denomination, or why not schedule a session with her children to surprise her? If you book now you can get your digital files back in time for Mother’s Day! Contact Little Mother to schedule your session or to discuss gift card options): email@example.com
Please note: none of the photos (except for the last one) were taken by Little Mother Photography. They were all used (with permission) from their respective businesses.
Kandi Woessner is a momma to three, wife to one amazing man, photographer to many. She loves capturing the bitter sweetness of pregnancy, birth, and infancy. Kandi lives in St. James, works in Rolla, but will travel to the surrounding areas to photograph as well.