Simply Sweet Cake Smash//Arizona Child Photographer


Sweet baby C has been a huge inspiration to us over the last year and half. We absolutely love her parents and have treasured every minute of the joyous journey through her momma’s pregnancy, her birth, her milestones and now her first birthday celebration! C came all the way from Texas to see us for her birthday and we originally wanted to do an outdoor desert session to celebrate her family’s Arizona roots. However, the week they were in town we had freezing temperatures (which was so unexpected!) and pouring rain (what??) the day of her session. So we decided to take her simply styled session indoors to a local studio. We loved the plain white brick wall ad the blush pink colors and felt it was a perfect compliment to sweet C’s personality.



Cake smashes are always a favorite for us. We love the wonderment of exploration and discovery at this age. Will they like the decor, the cake, or the bubble bath the most? To our (not so great) surprise, C was actually the most excited about all the attention from Dad as he monkeyed around trying to convince her to treat us to one of her rare and beautiful smiles.



We have fallen in love with our portrait, smash, bath time set up for our 1 year Birthday pictures. It allows us to capture the sweetness, personality and fun of each little one all while keeping them interested and engaged! We are so excited to be offering these sessions in our new studio beginning in February!

Check out what C’s mom had to say about our session.

“Loved our cake smash session with Katie. She made sure our daughter was warm and comfortable at all times and the session was the perfect length for a one year old! We are in love with the photos- she managed to capture several sweet smiles from our stoic picture-taker. Highly recommend! “

Want to see more of our cake smash sessions? Click here to check out our one of our favorite cake smashes featuring our carousel horse.

Southwest Inspired Maternity Session//Arizona Child Photographer



When we found out the Fontes family was expecting their second baby, I saw their maternity session come together in an instant. This down to earth family loves all things south west. When Presley was a newborn we did her newborn pictures with her dad’s cowboy hat and boots. I could immediately picture their southwest session as art hung in their home. Hailey and I brainstormed about the colors of the dress and quickly settled on green for her. I knew it would be the perfect compliment to her beautiful hair and eye color. From there it was a natural choice to pick shades of yellow and blue for the rest of her family.


The session went just as we envisioned. The old stone buildings of scorpion gulch and desert mountain landscape of south mountain in Phoenix was a perfect setting. As an added bonus Arizona has had enough rain and warm weather in between the freezing nights that the yellow wildflower bushes were blooming. Our favorite moment was the tender mommy-daughter snuggles by the wildflowers as the sunset behind the mountains.


Maternity sessions are one of our favorite sessions. We have said time and again, we love the opportunity to capture a family as you are before a big life change. When you add in a an older sibling capturing these images become especially precious for us.

Sweet Presley, Right now it’s just the three of you and you are so loved and adored by your parents. We have enjoyed watching you learn and grow over the last couple of years and know you will tackle being a big sister with all the joy and enthusiasm you carry into every aspect of your life!

“Nakupenda Photography always knows how to make our pictures the greatest. Katie had the perfect recommendation of location in the local desert for our maternity shoot that fit our family’s style before welcoming our second baby girl. She gave me assistance before our shoot to pick the perfect outfits for me, my husband and our daughter; then she also provided an outfit change for myself that complimented the scenery and my growing bump perfectly. We love the pictures and memories that Nakupenda Photography has captured every time, but especially this time in our outdoor Arizona photoshoot, before our lives get a little crazier with a newborn.”

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Nakupenda Photography now carries a closet of of maternity dresses in a rainbow of colors for your maternity session. Contact us today to start planning your maternity session.