Simple Cake Smash Cincinnati Ohio | Simply Cake Smash Photos
Simple-Cake Smash Cincinnati Ohio

Simple Cake Smash Cincinnati Ohio | Simply Cake Smash Photos

Cake and baby giggles, could there be anything better?  Simply Cake Smashes are one of my very favorite sessions to do because the personality of the photos is as individual as the newly turned one-year-old.

The focus is on the fun, which is why I keep these sweet sessions simple and timeless. A white backdrop and a giant cupcake set the scene for baby Bentley’s cake smash, which went perfectly with his little Henley shirt and his gray overalls.

Most people think that kids will go nuts and dig right in, but it is surprising. Even if they love sweets, they can fool you!  It’s so funny to see the progression on Bentley’s face, from suspicious, to unsure, to pure delight!

Whatever your child does is fine! These funny faces and squishy fingers and toes in the cake are part of the fun. Anything goes, from cake on the nose to cake in the hair. We will capture it all!

Most people do the cake smash session for the one-year birthday, but cake smash sessions can be done until about the 15 months with success.

After the session, we clean it all up with a fun sudsy bath, and that’s when the giggles usually begin! All those sweet little baby rolls and dimples will be gone before you know it, so we capture all of that with this fun bubble bath.

Simply Cake Smash Sessions are done here in our cozy studio in Norwood and all you have to do is bring a willing birthday boy or girl. We keep the studio warm for baby’s comfort, and you don’t have to do any cleanup!


Here are the session details for your personalized Simply Cake Smash Session

  • Set up includes a plain white backdrop and giant cupcake
  • Sessions are appropriate for children ages one-year-old to 15 months
  • Siblings can be added to the session for an additional cost. Please indicate and pay at the time of booking, so we are prepared for additional subjects.
  • You’ll receive 15 fully edited digital photos in a private gallery available for immediate download
  • Additional photos beyond the 15 included are available for purchase

Interested in your own Simply Cake Smash? Check out more info here and book now 🙂

maternity portrait of father holding wifes pregnant belly

With the new decade just around the corner, the Brownfield family has something to look forward to in 2020. A New Year Baby!

Their baby is due right around the beginning of the new year, and while the gender is going to be a surprise, the love that surrounds the sweet little one is no surprise. Mom and Dad are ready!

Maternity photos are often the ones to get cut out of the budget because of the “big changes around the corner.” But I have to tell you, these “between” parts of your life are something to celebrate!

Years later looking at these photos I know it will mean so much to see that Baby Brownfield bump and remember the feeling of becoming first-time parents.

Seeing the tenderness and anticipation of their new life to come is so gratifying to me as a family photographer.

 I love capturing maternity sessions outside where everyone can be more natural and relaxed. Fall is always a fantastic time to do the session.

29-32 weeks of pregnancy is the best time to take photos when your belly is sweetly round, before it begins to drop in preparation for birth. 

Lots of women feel self-conscious about maternity sessions, but please don’t. I work with you and your partner to put you into cozy and intimate poses that show off your love and anticipation.

Not sure what to wear? Just ask! I’m happy to guide you, but if you feel beautiful you will look beautiful.

 The photos from your maternity session will be ones you cherish. Plus it’s so fun for little kids to see photos of them in mommy’s belly when they are older!

Details about my most popular bump and baby sessions are here: Watch Me Grow Packages. I  have packages that cover every important milestone from maternity bump photos through the first birthday cake smash!

There’s no other time in your life that is as important to be documented with photos. I can also assure you there’s no other time in your life that will go by faster!

Let’s work together to choose the perfect plan for your beautiful new family.

Contact me here if you have any questions!

Cincinnati Photography Cake Smash & Connor’s 1-Year-Old Photos

Cincinnati Photography Cake Smash & Connor’s 1-Year-Old Photos

Happy New Year! There’s nothing like a baby to help you realize how fast a year goes by. It’s a cliché, but it’s true; with babies, the days are long, and the years fly by.  Connor is already one!

One-year-old cake smashes so much fun, and one of my favorite things to photograph because you just never know what the kids are going to do.  Will they smile, laugh? Cry? Eat the cake as fast as they can, or be scared of the texture of the frosting? You have to ready for any of it!

I like to keep things simple but beautiful when it comes to cake smash photos. After all, cake smashes are about getting messy!  Overalls have always been one of my favorite outfits for little boys, and don’t you love how they match Connor’s baby blue eyes?

Let Them Be Little

Let them be kids, let them eat cake and let them be barefoot; these sessions are a celebration of an important year!

Isn’t this wall of balloons just a fun backdrop? We wanted the theme to be blues, golds, and whites. It’s simple but festive and doesn’t distract from the real fun; seeing Connor dig into that birthday cake of his.

As you can see, he did not disappoint. That boy likes some cake! Before long, he was ALL IN, digging into the cake, squishing fingers and toes. It was just a blast, and I think he liked us laughing at him as much as the cake!

Then, we finished off the photo session with a little tub time to get the icky sticky off, playing with a rubber ducky and showing off what his momma gave him. These are often some of the most adorable photos in the session!

Happy birthday Connor!  It’s so wonderful to see you grow!

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children and santa look in magical storybook in awe

There’s nothing like the combination of Christmas and children.  It’s nothing short of magical seeing the world through their eyes at that time of the year. Do you remember when you first met Santa?

Magical Sets

When I dream up what these sessions will be like I always try to make sure everything is perfect, so the experience is incredible for the kids. I approach the scene with a different look every year to make it fun and fresh. I consider every single prop and placement of the decorations.

For the kids, this is more than a photo session!  They get cookies and a gift from the jolly old elf himself! I know that for many of them, this is going to be their first memory of meeting Santa and that’s really special to me.

Cozy in their jammies or dressed in their Christmas best, they get to sit with Santa and talk about their year, what Christmas means to them, and of course, what they hope will be left under the tree.

This is so much fun for the kids and so peaceful and wonderous. Not at all like standing in a line in the mall and being put in a stranger’s lap!

Christmas Storybooks

This was the first year that I made the Christmas Storybooks, and they were a huge hit!  I’ll definitely be doing those again because everyone thought they made the perfect Christmas present.

This year, I wanted a nighttime scene to give a sense of quiet wonder for the sessions. Soft lamplight, muted tones, and a sense of Silent Night are what I was thinking.

After the sessions, I wanted that “twinkly Christmas feeling,” so special editing on the Christmas tree, bags and lamps were applied. I think you can feel the magic in these photos!

These sessions were such a joy to photograph, and I love the cuddles and the laughter. It is so gratifying to see my clients share their storybook with their loved ones. Don’t miss this event next year!

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six month old baby lays on blanket in sunset

When all the kids in kindergarten start talking about how they got their names, this little girl’s story is going to be the coolest of them all.

Her parents (whom I’ve known since she was born) are huge music fans. After she was born, once they were able to soak her up for a bit, they decided on a name for their baby

For three days, she was just baby girl until they decided on the perfect name for her: Layla. After the iconic Eric Clapton song.

Sweet little Layla and I had some fun together creating her six-month-old portraits at the park on a picture-perfect autumn day.

I love photographing kids outside because I love the looks on their faces when they take in the feel of the wind on their face, and all the different textures, smells and sounds.

There’s something really special about the first year, and as a photographer, it’s always so humbling to see familiar faces again and again. I always feel like such a silly adult when I see the kids and say things like “Look how you have grown!” but it’s true!

That first year really is phenomenal. In the space of a year, they go from these tiny little blobs to these walking and sometimes even talking little humans.  Photographing this stage of their lives is just amazing.

A few weeks after this session I got to photograph Layla again for her photo session with Santa and I swear she had grown another inch!

I’m so thankful for the Cowen family and their trust, and that I get to see little Layla grow. I’m so happy to be your family photographer and I can’t wait to see her soon for her first-year birthday and her cake smash photos!

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hyde park baby photography

Hyde Park Baby Photography and Fall Fun with Emmerson.

Photo sessions like this should be mandatory for 18-month kids! All they do is play, and I follow them around capturing time between baby and toddler with my camera. It is magical.

At this age, it’s all you can do to keep up with them!

Emmerson was living his best life! Blonde curls bouncing, blue eyes snapping, we took a wander around and let him explore.  

 I think that these types of sessions are important because, at an early age, children learn that getting their professional photos done can be FUN!

 It’s not all about stiff poses, uncomfortable clothes, and “saying cheese.” I like to let kids be kids!

No matter if we are in the studio or outside, I want to capture your children as they truly are.

Truth be told, this is one of my favorite ages because you can literally see them processing the world and everything around them.

What could be better than playing in the sunshine on a fall day, wiggling your fingers and toes in a puddle, and discovering all the things that nature gives us?

Don’t you love that look of pure joy as he reaches, muddy and happy, towards the sky?

Spending time with Emmerson was a reminder that there’s a big, bright world out there for us to be thankful for.

His orange sweatshirt was perfect and looked amazing in the autumn light that is upon us now. A cozy blanket, some fall mums, and that’s all you need to have an adorable fall-themed session.

And of course, he loved the wheelbarrow because anything with wheels is fascinating to children. We forget so quickly how interesting the world is, but children are a daily reminder of that.

Thanks for the fun day, Emmerson!

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One-year-old baby boy eats baby shark cake during cake smash session

So, are you humming it yet? “Baby Shark, doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo”! Because, in this case, we need to change the name to “Frankie Shark” for this one-year-old cake smash session! 

This little man Frankie and his parents moved to Cincinnati not long after his first birthday. I was so happy to get to know them and use this under the sea theme!

The backdrop is decorated with fun and whimsical accents, so I knew that I wanted bold colors to make it pop and make it fun and memorable.  To complete the baby shark theme, I got the cutouts of the sharks in multiple colors on Etsy. 

For the cake, you cannot go wrong with Tres Belle Cakes! This little woman-owned shop and their custom cakes for cake smashes are the absolute best. I love that they make the cakes easy to grab for little hands and will work with any kinds of allergies.

They really outdid themselves with this one. The sea creatures were just adorable and fit perfectly with the theme and Frankie’s little outfit. Isn’t that bow tie the best?! 

With kids Frankie’s age, I always try to get a few portraits of just them before we get into the goodies, because sometimes it takes a bit to warm them up.

But not Frankie!  He was all smiles from the moment the session started so we were able to get some portraits of him showcasing his new teeth and his sparkling blue eyes.

Once we got into the yummy cake part of the session mom, dad, and I were cracking up at his joy and all of his expressions. This guy has personality and he totally enjoyed every bite of his cake. Frankie was not afraid to dig right in with both hands!

After the sugar rush started to subside, we moved into scrub-a-dub-dub, Frankie in the tub and captured some of the cutest photos. I love capturing those expressions, and those crazy bathtub cowlicks, and those wet baby lashes.

Thanks for sharing your birthday cake with us, Frankie!

Backdrop: LemonDrop Shop | Cake: Tres Belle Cakes | Baby Shark Cutouts: Etsy

Baby Boy celebrates 1st birthday with Baby Shark
Collage of images for Baby Shark Cake Smash Session
One-year-old baby boy eats baby shark cake during cake smash session
Baby Shark Cincinnati cake smash collage by Heather Elizabeth Studios
Baby sits in tub with yellow rubber ducky
Baby has bath after birthday cake
little boy laughs at bubbles in tub

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happy baby girls smiles as she grabs birthday cake

Cake Smash Photography in Cincinnati is a total joy. However of all of the sessions I have done over the years, baby Zoe is the happiest and most joyful baby I have ever photographed for a cake smash! We designed a warm and whimsical set with shades of blush and floral cake for her session.  She smiled and laughed the entire time! Take a peek below and you will see she loved the cake! But not only that she loved the bath! Take a look and let me know what you think!

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Cake by Tres Belle Cakes
Set design by Me
Balloon arrangement by Me

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Cincinnati newborn wrapped in dreamy white swaddle

Newborn babies are some of my absolute favorite to photograph!

Cincinnati newborn wrapped in dreamy white swaddle

Newborn babies are some of my absolute favorite to photograph.


The little bitty toes, fingers, hair curls, that new baby smell – I love it all!


They grow and change so much over the coming years that at times it’s hard to remember that they used to be so small!


To commemorate this time in their child’s life, many parents opt for newborn portraits.


However, all too often, parents-to-be don’t know when they should schedule a newborn session. A week after the baby is born, two weeks, a few days, etc.?


And not only that, but with the bustle of having a new baby, how do you even prepare for a newborn session?


I totally get it – it can all seem really overwhelming. That’s why I decided to take a minute and compile a few tips for new parents and parents-to-be.


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When To Schedule Your Newborn Session

As a newborn photographer, What I’ve found that works best is scheduling your session 3 months out from your due date.


This gives me time to fully customize your session and purchase anything I may need.


Then, once you and your baby have a discharge date, you’ll want to contact me and schedule the session within 3-5 days of your release from the hospital.


Since most parents are in the hospital around 3 days, this means your session will take place between 5-10 days after birth. This perfect, because babies tend to be really sleepy up until the 10-day mark.


(Plus, babies older than 2 weeks can sometimes start to develop baby acne, and with younger ones we tend to miss that.)


Once you have your date scheduled and you’re released, it’s time to prepare for your session!


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3 Tips For Preparing For Your Newborn Session

There’s a lot you can do to prep yourself and the baby for having a successful newborn session. Here are 3 big things that can make a big difference in your photos!

1. Feed Your Baby.

Please feed your baby 2-3 hours prior to the session. After that, do your best to keep your baby awake between that feeding and your session time.


Then, when you arrive at the studio, be prepared to feed your baby again.


Making sure your baby is well-fed and ready for a nap will help them sleep through the session and will make it so they’re easiest to work with, resulting in the best photos.


2. Dressing your baby.

It’s best to dress your baby in an easily removed sleeper (zipped footed sleepers work great!) and loose diaper to minimize disruption when they get undressed for their session.


(Remember, we want them to sleep through the session as much as possible, so the easier it is to remove their clothes, the better!)


3. Bring your soother.

Soothers are controversial at this age, but honestly – they can make or break a session.


Since our goal is to keep the baby as comfortable as possible, it can really help.


So if you have one, make sure to bring it along.

Cincinnati Newborn Photographer

But what if my baby cries?

If your baby cries, that’s ok! As well as having my own kids, I’ve been working with newborns for years and I’m pretty good at calming down upset and crying babies.


Additionally, I’m a seasoned pro at getting photos in during those few moments of quiet, however few they may be!


I also like to prep for newborn sessions by making sure the studio is nice and warm. This helps keep the baby warm during the session and encourages them to keep sleeping!


Cincinnati Newborn Photography


How I Prepare For Sessions

You’re not the only one who prepares for a newborn session! I take time before your session to get ready as well. Some preparations start a few hours ahead of time, and some even start years ahead of time. Here’s what I mean.


1. I’m Always Up To Date On My Vaccinations


I get asked if I’m up-to-date on vaccinations a lot, and for completely understandable reasons.


I am always up to date on all of my vaccinations, as the health and safety of you and your baby are of the utmost importance to me.


2. I Make Sure The Studio Is Warm Enough.


A warm baby is a sleepy baby!


Before your session, I make sure to get to the studio early enough so that I can turn the temp up.


This ensures that the studio is nice and warm so the baby is warm and cozy and more likely to sleep throughout the entire session.


3. The Entire Studio Is Sanitized.


Between each session, the entire studio gets a good sanitizing cleaning.


As I mentioned, health and safety are super important to me, so everything in my studio gets a thorough wiping down between every single client.


Linens and cloth props also get cleaned and laundered as well.


Cincinnati Newborn Photography

How Should You Prep For Your Session?


Ok, we’ve talked a lot about how to get the baby ready for the session, how I get ready for the session, but what about you!?


Don’t worry – if you inquire with me about booking a newborn session, I send you an entire guide including all of this info (and more) that will help you prepare.


I will also send you a session planning guide so you can pick all of the poses, colors, and themes ahead of time.


Want to see more Newborn Session with Heather Elizabeth Studios?


Check out my portfolio here!


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Emmitt Robert Beckman made his appearance on Thursday September 20th at 7:51am.

He weighed in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20.5 inches long!

This little man had to bring his big brother Raphael in for the session. I think it is easy to see that Raphael is smitten with his little brother.

I don’t know if it was the emotional support that Raphael provided to baby Emmitt, but he is one of the most chill babies I have ever worked with!

He slept nearly the entire session! Look at that smile!

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Emmitt’s mom used the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle outfit to tell Emmitt’s dad that she was expecting. So we had to incorporate that into the session.

ninja turtle newborn session cincinnati ohio

Flu Season and Baby Portraits

With the flu season in full swing it is important to note that I am fully vaccinated and up to date on both the Flu and Whooping cough vaccines!

I also sanitize and wash all of my props and studio between each session.

Your baby’s safety is my number one priority.

You can rest assured when you come into Heather Elizabeth Studios for your baby’s portraits you are in good hands.

Contact me now so we can start planning your newborn portraits!

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