Cake Smash

It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to | William turns one

I absolutely adore photographing one year olds and their cake smash sessions.

That is, once I get over the massive amount of jealousy I harbor for these little humans who are allowed to sit on the floor and dive head-first into a cake they get to have all to themselves. They just don’t know how good they have it!

Echem. Yes, back to the cute little toddlers and their teeny little birthday cakes.

It really is fascinating to watch someone taste a new food for the very first time. This birthday cake is one of the many first tastes in a baby’s young life. It may also be about a zillion times better than pureed green beans. So to watch them react to that sweet, soft and unexpected new flavor is life giving.

Then there’s William. He thought the cake was okay. I’m not even sure he ate much of the cake. However, the blue frosting polka dots were what made his heart go pitter patter. And once they were gone (as far as he could see), he was very clear about his displeasure…


Um…. Happy birthday William! I hope you’ve recovered from the apparently traumatic experience that was your first birthday cake.

Do you have a little one who’s got a full 12 months under his belt? Let’s do a birthday cake smash session!

When you book your session, we will discuss themes, colors and styling. We’ll do a short portrait session before the cake smash to prove to your family that your baby’s face was clean at one point. Once your little bugger is covered in frosting, that’s when the “fun” begins. It’s a Parent Puzzle - how to successfully squeeze a sugar-buzzed child covered in a slick coating of frosting into a set of clean clothes and a carseat. (Good luck!)

Now that I’ve painted such a glamorous picture of the experience (haha), click below to learn more about child portrait sessions with Stories Framed Photography.

It really IS worth it. (Besides, you get to help “clean up”.)

raise your hand if you love cake | happy birthday Sebastian!


A charming, energetic little smiler.

Who likes cake.


This little boy came to me - well, he snagged a ride from his parents - for his one year portraits. We had quite the time… playing with blocks, pretending to sweep, climbing stairs, sitting on chairs and stools. And then… the big finale. The Cake Smash.

Sebastian is not shy around cake. He dove right in. And loved every second of it. (Ok, so did we!)

Afterwards mom and dad literally peeled his clothes off and put him into pajamas for a great, post-sugar-rush sleep.

Happy birthday, little one!

Wauwatosa Child Photography | Oliver Turns One | Happy Birthday!

Raise your hand if you need something cute to cheer you up....

Wow, there are a lot of you. 

Okay, well, meet Oliver. He just turned one whole year old! And apparently, he likes to eat cake. Watch this...

Didn't you just love that? I thought you might... A custom video of your session is now included in ALL of my Print Package options! Want more information about a summer family session? Click the button... Quick, before they grow up.

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Sneak Peek | Ollie's first birthday!

Happy first birthday little Oliver! You make me want to eat cake... mmmm. Cake.

Stories Framed Photography | cake smash | Oliver

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Quick, before they grow up.

Cake Smash on Her Birthday | Stories Framed Photography | Milwaukee Baby and Child Photography

It's a Cake Smash. And it is just what it sounds like. 

This is a type of session that has become popular with the 1-year old demographic and their doting parents. Watching a kid eat sugar for the first time is more entertaining (and adorable!) than you could ever dream up. And it's captured on (digital) film forever! 

First we take some beautiful portraits of the little babe, all clean and happy. When your baby turns one, you don't want to forget what she looks like; it's such a precious and fast-moving age.  Her face, her hair, her little itty bitty hands and feet. You will look back at these photographs and remember what she looked like, her sweet baby smell, and how tiny she felt in your big grown-up hands. 

Finally, when we are done being pretty and clean, we excitedly shove a giant, exquisitely frosted cupcake in front of the baby. And we wait...

Sometimes it's quick. The baby digs in without hesitation. Times like this, I'm thankful for my quick shutter. Usually, though, the little one is a bit more tentative, putting one finger into the frosting to see what will happen. Tasting the gooey goodness. Realizing that it's not only food, but it's GLORIOUS. Still unsure, they carefully test another finger in the frosting. Oh, yeah. That's it. It's OVER. Click, click, click.

What comes next is immediately filed under The Most Adorable Thing You Could Ever Imagine.

Is your little baby turning one soon? Schedule a Cake Smash Session right away. Allow me to capture your little one at this fast-growing age. Oh, dare I say it?... Quick, before they eat cake.

This got me thinking... Are your little ones way beyond 365 days old? Wouldn't it be an absolute blast to have a Family Cake Smash? Think about it.... ohhh. Your kids would crown you Funnest Parents in the Land. Yes! Let's do it! Contact me today to schedule this truly unique photo experience. (And score some points with your kids, too.)

P.S. Sometimes buying a gift for a 1-year old can be a challenge. Those little ones can only have so many singing toys, right? Wouldn't a Cake Smash 1-Year Old Session be a fantastic gift idea? Contact me to purchase a gift certificate.