When Nicole first reached out to me, she was on a mission – her daughter was turning 1 and pumpkins just had to be involved! When she told me Julie of Petite Cherie Photography had taken Amelia’s newborn picture with pumpkins I couldn’t wait to dive in. How adorable to be able to view a side by side photo of how much Amelia has grown!

We met at Tom Watsons Mansion in Thomson, GA. If you haven’t been to their sprawling historical estate, you’re missing out! We found a little haven representative of fall in the fallen leaves under the magnolia trees just as the sun was beginning to dip below the horizon. Amelia was full of laughs as her mama tickled her cheeks 🙂

Since Nicole was amazingly communicative of what she had in mind, I was able to tie in some product photography assignments in as well. A small business was in need of their pumpkin party decor photographed so I jumped at the opportunity! Melissa from We Love A Party created this fantastic banner to display a photo from each month, newborn to twelve months, and I was elated when Nicole told me she could print some photos for our session!

 Amelia looks awfully proud of how much she’s grown!

Amelia looks awfully proud of how much she’s grown!

To celebrate this milestone we ordered a cake from The Maker and the Baker, a local baker in Grovetown, GA with enormous talent. When sent the design of the custom dress Nicole had ordered Amelia, Breana from the Maker and the Baker took inspiration from the floral fabric and created a beautiful cake!

The smash cake session was perfection for this Autumn princess. Amelia took off after the petals first!

Tiny details of Amelia’s sweet baby nature just grab at my heart: her little fingers gripping at pieces of cake, icing covering her cheeks, and the concentration it takes to pick off the petals one by one. And how much more fun is cake when it’s shared – big sis was invited to join the fun!

Amelia’s a girl on the move with a heart for adventure; it didn’t take long before she took off ready to go explore! She grabbed mom and dad by the hand and there was sparkle in her eye- she knows how loved she is. Her extremely doting and loving family there by her side all evening and gearing up for the birthday party ahead.

Thank you all so much for making the trip out to Thomson with me and spending your Friday evening together! It was absolutely beautiful and your daughters are so sweet! Happy Birthday, Amelia!!!



Cutest Pumpkin in the Patch – Amelia’s 1!


 "I can say with most certainty that she was the best decision we have made for our special day!"

Alyssa and Aaron

"It feels as if you’ve been friends forever. Not only do you get the most breath taking photos ever, but you also get an experience that you cherish forever."


"She is extremely personable and so talented. I highly recommend Araka Walker for her beautiful work and personality!"

Alison and Brandon