filled crib

We love when our families choose our Watch Me Grow series! It is so rewarding to capture each milestone as the child grows up. We were lucky enough to photograph Jack as a newborn and then begin his Watch Me Grow series. At one year old, this is the final installment of Jack’s series and the perfect time for a cake smash!

Baby cake smashes are such a fun and creative way for little ones to enjoy their birthday cake! Combined with all the colorful details like a crib filled with balloons and a personalized pillow, these portraits were unique and special for Jack’s family. Enjoy some of our favorites from Jack’s first birthday!


baby pillow

string lights
1 year cake
baby cake eating

 All Charlottesville Baby Cake Smash Pictures Photographed by Aaron Watson Photography

AWP flash drive options

While normally our posts are geared towards families and couples, today we are focusing on photographers! Since we’ve been in business over 8 years, we receive a lot of questions from photographers. One of the most often asked questions is: where do we get our USB drives?

We searched for a long time to find a high quality, custom flash drive and finally found the perfect ones at USB Memory Direct! We first ordered the swivel drives after seeing them featured on the Savvy Photographer Blog, and we were not disappointed. The drives were great, the customer service was great, and the turn around time was fast! We ended up running through 100 drives in a little under 6 months! Everyone from vendors, to couples and families commented on how much they liked our USB drives, so of course we immediately re-ordered in a much higher quantity!

Why do we use USB drives and not an online service like PASS? For many reasons … better presentation, faster access to the pictures for clients, brand recognition when clients re-use our drives, less confusing to our non-tech savvy clients … and I could go on. At one point we did try an online service, but we heard from our couples and families that they like how we deliver a physical product which allows them to easily share their pictures and print them.

When recently offered some new test drives by USB Memory Direct, we jumped at the chance to try something new! When we saw the pen flash drive with a laser pointer, we knew we had to have it, talk about multi-purpose! We love how many different options they have, and how versatile they can be. We love the idea that our USB drives can be an everyday type of item that our clients will use, as our brand will constantly be in front of them and their friends/family/co-workers/acquaintances!

We loved our USB’s so much that we are excited to share them with all of you! As a special for our blog readers, any first time orders can receive 10% off their USB Memory Direct order of 50-1,000 USB drives by using out promo code: WATSON10%2015

We hope you enjoy getting to design your own custom flash drives as much as we did!

-Aaron & Whitney

USB pen

pen flash drive
laser flash drive
AWP USB products

All USB photographs by Aaron Watson Photography