Wauseon Ohio Photographer {Spencer’s First Year Cake Smash and Bath Photo shoot}

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.

one year old baby in cloth diaper with little monitors themed smash cake,  Wauseon ohio.

For a pretty inquisitive one year old, he’s a bit leery about that Little Monster cake.


purple Little Monsters themed smash cake, wauseon ohio

Adorable smash cake provided by Crowned Cakes by Jess.


one year old cake smash portrait session. one year old bites into the purple little monsters themed cake.

Cake smash: hands free edition!


One year old crawls away from messy cake during Archbold Ohio studio cake smash portrait session. Little monsters smash cake.

The frosting was definitely his favorite part of the cake, as you can tell.



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!)

Bubble bath portrait for one year old baby, wauseon ohio

Everybody should get baby bubble baths portraits. The “cute” factor is out of this world.

Bubble bath portrait for one year old baby, wauseon ohio

Why, yes, you did make a bit of a mess… while trying to get clean…


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

Mother lovingly breastfeeds her one year old during Wauseon portrait session.

I love the colors in this breastfeeding portrait!


Thanks for driving through Wauseon to get here and sharing your One Year Old celebration with me!

First year portrait session in archbold Ohio photography studio.

He’s stylin’ for his First Year portrait!



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.


One year old baby with little monsters smash cake, wauseon ohio

Little Monsters themed Smash Cake

Bubble bath portrait for one year old baby, wauseon ohio

Bubble bath portrait for one year old baby, wauseon ohio

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  • What a wonderful Wauseon, Ohio cake smash session! Little Spence looked like he had an amazing session, and that cake is so cute! I love the Little Monsters theme. I also love that you did a bath-time session, that was a nice touch to this session, and he gave the cutest smiles, too!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thanks, Diane! He does have the most adorable smiles! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • What a sweet little cake smash subject! I love that your set is stripped down to just baby and the cake — it shows him off more and he is such a happy little guy. Great work from your Wauseon, OH studio!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thank you Allison! It’s not my style to go overboard with props, but I love to work with my clients to find exactly what they are looking for! We go over the details during our Pre-design session, which is great!ReplyCancel

  • Casey Chancellor-Ray

    What an amazing Northwest Ohio cake smash session. I love that you added each section of his grow with me sessions, starting with the maternity session, to his newborn photos, all the way up to his first birthday cake session! Amazing job!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      We actually didn’t start until his 6-month session, but I’m still super excited to watch him grow! They just change so much during such a short time.ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely LOVE cake smash sessions! This one is so cute and I love that he dove right in to the cake! I bet all Wauseon residents will want to have their first birthday/cake smash sessions at your studio! (Love the breastfeeding photo at the end, kudos to his Mama!!)ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thanks! I love the breastfeeding portrait, too, it’s one of my favorite images from their session. 🙂ReplyCancel

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