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!

Sneak Peek | Surprise Father's Day Photos at The Landing

Friday night at The Landing in Wauwatosa is an absolute MUST DO! It's a family friendly outdoor beer garden attached to the Hoyt Pool, bike trails, and a beautiful wooded park. If you are looking for something to do on a Friday night, come out and listen to some music, have a drink, order a pizza.

I may be biased because I 100% love Tosa, but it really is the place to be. 

This past Friday night, I met a special family there as a surprise Father's Day session. It was different than anything I'd ever done for a portrait session... and I loved it! 

I caught a mix of candids and posed portraits. Much to Mama Dee's delight (who organized the surprise), I photographed each of her kiddos, different combinations of the family members and her father-in-law who was visiting from Florida. They will all LOVE the photos! 

For now, here's a little sneak peek. I'm saving the real goodies for the Big Reveal. (tee hee)

Cheers to Father's Day!


Does this sound like your type of family session? Contact me right away to reserve your Friday (or other night) at the park. Or maybe you want a little more privacy? Let's talk. I want your family photo experience to suit your needs and desires.

Wauwatosa Family Photography | The Klug Four

{WHISPERS: And now, freshly emerged from the chaotic cocoon of Busy Season capped off by seasonal holidays and travel, the newly rested photographer begins unveiling all the work she did in the last six months. It's a scientific marvel! Let's watch as it all unfolds...}

Last summer I had the chance to catch up with this sweet-as-pie family.  And when I say sweet, I really mean that all four of these people have the kindest hearts and - I'm pretty sure - nary a mean bone in their bodies.

Wauwatosa Family of 4 Portrait

First, we have Gemma. Her mom says she's independent and strong willed (my kind of girl!). I would like to interject here -- she is also adorable!

These two images are my favorites of Gemma... and once again, I couldn't decide between black and white or color. 

Next we have little sister Gabby. According to her mom, she's a social butterfly. According to their photographer, she is not afraid of the camera. 

Wauwatosa Child Photography little girl and her teddy bear

These two sisters get along like peas and carrots. In public. While being photographed. (right mom?)

Wauwatosa Child Photography sisters holding hands

They sure love their dad! I feel like this may show up again at one of their weddings... sniff!

Thank you to the Klug family! It's loyal clients like you who are the reason I do what I do... and LOVE what I do!

SE Wisconsin Family of 4

Ooh! One more thing -- check out this adorably fun little video recap of their family session. 

Gabby and Gemma made it look so easy! (Because it is.) Let's talk about getting your family photographed next!

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