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”.)

Elm Grove, WI Child Photography | Portraits as Family Traditions

This family has a tradition. It involves having a portrait taken of their children at a certain age - about 15-18 months - with a certain look and a particular pose. 

The most recent model is little Walter...

2017. This is Walter. 

2017. This is Walter. 

2015. This is George.

2015. This is George.

These portraits (plus three more!) are all lined up in their family room, proudly and lovingly displayed.

If you've never considered it, family portraits make excellent family traditions. Imagine having a timeline of portraits hanging on your wall... whether it's just the kids or the family together... or even your extended family.

Here are some great reasons for creating a new family tradition out of picture day... with a little help from this adorable Walter character. 

Elm Grove Family Portraits little boy and mom

1. It's a built in reason to get your family together in one place at one time. And as the photographer, I am willing to take full responsibility for "setting the date" so when your older kids complain that it's too early, it's totally my fault. (You're welcome.)

Elm Grove Child Portraits boy and bubbles

2. Once you are all together, the likelihood of siblings fighting is greatly decreased. Yes, I said DECREASED. Why? Because I'm not the mom. I can't explain it, it just is. Enjoy the moments while they are fleeting. 

Psst. If there are any sourpuss faces, I will be sure to capture them so you can post it in his senior yearbook.

Psst. If there are any sourpuss faces, I will be sure to capture them so you can post it in his senior yearbook.

3. When the photo session is over, all the laughter and fun has been had, you can bribe your family with food and drinks. Add on a BBQ to the end of your session, go out to lunch or dinner, go see a movie! You're together - decide as a group. Better yet, surprise them!

Elm Grove kids little boy smiling

4. Once your family portraits are in your hands, hanging on your wall, sitting on your coffee table or wrapped and ready to give as gifts, you will be SO GRATEFUL for having captured those moments. It's so simple and so very true. Frankly put, you will NEVER regret having the photos taken. (But if you don't schedule photos? You will regret that.)

Elm Grove child portraits boy with drool

5. You will see these portraits every day and you will look at your kids and think, they have grown so much! And you will be glad you committed a small part of a single day to your new family tradition. And then we can do it again next year and see just how much they've grown and changed.

Elm Grove WI family photography little boy standing up


BONUS reason for your family picture tradition  -- built in Christmas gifts for grandma every single year! 

Are you ready to commit to your own family portraits? Click below to book your session. I can't wait to create a new tradition for you and your family.

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.

Come back to see more photos of Oliver and his happy little Cake Smash photo session. Also, make sure you don't miss a single thing and follow Stories Framed Photography on Facebook.

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

Celebrate your child's next birthday with a photo shoot just for them! They grow and change so much and SO FAST that you surely don't want to miss a thing.

Quick, before they grow up.

Kids of all ages!

There are two seasons in portrait photography (in Wisconsin, anyhow). There's Busy Season and then there's Blog Season. Can you guess which season it is now?

I've been busy rolling out all the blog posts that I've had trapped in my head. Here is another... 

Allow me to introduce Stefanie and her adorable boys. She has one for every age group!

First, there's big brother Ryan.

Stories Framed Photography | family session | tween boy | B&W

Then we have Cole. Cole and his cool hat. 

Stories Framed Photography | family session | little boy in a hat | BW

Finally, baby Owen. Awww. Baaaabyyyy.

Stories Framed Photography | serious baby boy

I hear ya. We DO need to see some more baby pictures.

While I can coax the angel out of any kid at a portrait session (try me!), these boys didn't need me to try. They were the sweetest kids. And it was apparent - and SO wonderful to observe - that they truly love one another. 

Moms always love these beautiful and loving images with all her babies in one place at one time. They really are priceless. But even better? The cherry on top? This...

Stories Framed Photography | family portraits

Here's a quick tip for you: Mother's Day is coming soon. What mother wouldn't LOVE to have this hanging on her wall?

Okay, well, maybe not THIS PARTICULAR portrait. But you can help her get her very own family portrait....