Little Monsters in the portrait studio!! No, I don’t mean children, I mean the cake! (Kids are always welcome at Ashley Short Photography, by the way.) Little Spence was having a Little Monsters themed birthday party and we helped them celebrate by kicking off with an adorable First Year Cake Smash session. I worked with Spence’s mom to talk about colors and style, then we said a prayer that he’d actually want to smash his well-planned-for cake. He did seem a little hesitant at first, but he came around and clearly decided he liked frosting, a lot. I’m not going to lie, though, momma and I were a little hesitant, too… the smash cake was just too cute to smash! (Shout out to Crowned Cakes by Jess for such an awesome job with the smash cake!) It was well worthwhile though, because it sounds like momma rocked the monsters themed party and Spencer’s practice in the studio paid off during his First Birthday party.
After we made a complete mess taking photos with the cake, the best thing to do was clean up with a bath! This is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to photograph and I can’t wait until it’s warm enough for outdoor bath portraits. Safety is our biggest concern, and we plan all the details ahead of time to ensure the safety of our little ones. It’s so important to find something that produces a lot of bubbles, but doesn’t irritate a baby’s sensitive skin. Also, we use a lot less water than what it looks like, and keep momma within reach at all times! Sometimes the splashing gets crazy and we all end up a little bit wet, but safe and sound (with tons of fun!)
I’m saving the best for last…. The most special thing about this First Year session was that Spence and his mommy had come to me for a six months session, with special requests for a Breastfeeding Portrait Session. This has been such a meaningful journey for her (you can read about it a few posts back) and she’s happy to have made it to the one year milestone. They’ve both shown so much growth and love and we decided to do a spur of the moment portrait to honor the 12 months of nursing. I think they look very regal, don’t you think? I hope I’ve documented this time well for them, and it’s been an honor to witness. <3
Thanks for driving through Wauseon to get here and sharing your One Year Old celebration with me!
If your baby is soon to be one year old, I would love to help you create a custom First Year session. Ask about our Baby Plan for additional coverage through the first milestones! Call us at 419-231-1174! We are available for clients in and around: Wauseon, Archbold, Napoleon, Bryan, Defiance, West Unity, Hicksville, Fort Wayne, Montpelier, Toledo, Sylvania, Holland, Perrysburg, Maumee and the surrounding areas.