Cake Smash

When this sweet little man’s mom came to me to talk about his 1-year cake smash, she had a great vision for the set; simple balloons with die-cut baby sharks. Adorable!

So, as life would have it, quarantine happened, and his session got rescheduled and rescheduled again.

I’m so grateful for clients who understood and rolled with it because by the time we did his session, he was 14 months old. If there’s anything we’ve learned that time is just time, and we’re all a little bit more forgiving now, aren’t we? 

I’m in love with his little jeans and chubby belly! Keeping the outfits super simple keeps the focus on the faces and the set and brings out all those baby features that will soon fade away as they become toddlers.

This balloon set would work with any kind of theme! All you need to do is tell me your colors, and I can design something exactly for you and your birthday baby.

And as usual, Tres Belle Cakes knocked it out of the park with the Baby Shark cake. The colors match absolutely perfectly with the theme.

These cakes are so whimsical and the perfect size for cake smash sessions. They are definitely kid-tested and approved!

If your baby became a toddler quicker than you could imagine and you want to do a cake smash session, let’s go for it! Always happy to customize with your ideas! Book your session here.

Here are some ideas for themes: Pinterest

And here are some recent sessions: Cake Smash Sessions

First Cake Smash Hyde Park

First Cake Smash Hyde Park | Emilia’s Butterfly First Cake Smash

First cake smashes one of my favorite things to design. Each set has a sweet little theme that matches the birthday baby’s personality, likes, or favorite things!

For birthday girl Emilia, mom wanted something purple, so we chose a butterfly theme. I’m so excited at how these turned out!

One of the things I always have in mind when designing these sets is that the scene has a little bit of depth to it. While some of that can be controlled with camera settings, I do give a lot of thought to how the different items will look in the scene.

The blossom tree is one of my favorite backdrops because it has such a soft look to it. Adding balloons in pastels, and a few touches of gold and some vintage props gave it just the right pop. 

Can you believe all the hair this little one has??!! Oh my gosh, with those deep chocolate brown eyes and that hair!  Mom picked out just a darling outfit and headband, and it matched perfectly for her butterfly cake smash.

And speaking of smashing, it, Tres Belle Cakes did it again. Isn’t it just the sweetest?

If you are struggling with what outfit to put your baby in for a cake smash session, this is a great example of one that works well because it’s so pretty but didn’t compete with the items on the set. Keeping it simple is always best!

Emilia loved the frosting and was not shy about helping herself to cake (a girl after my own heart), but she really loved the bubble bath at the end. It’s funny that sometimes that’s when the big smiles come out, and she splish splashed away and had a great time.

Cake smashes are fun for everyone, and they are one of my favorite things to photograph. It’s a special milestone, and the beginning of their toddlerhood. And of course, there’s cake, and any day that has cake is a good day!

I’d love to talk to you about your baby’s upcoming birthday and a cake smash session designed for them. Book as soon as you start thinking about it for the best time slot! 

And if you need more inspiration for your cake smash session, follow me on Pinterest or check out my theme pages on my website

Cake Smash Photography Hyde Park Ohio

I love collaborating with parents on cake smash photography. From Hyde Park to Indian Hill we have families all over Cincinnati. It’s so fun to hear their ideas and to begin to piece together the items in the studio we can use, and then, of course, it’s also fun to go out and buy some new props!

For this sweet girl’s birthday cake smash session, her mom had dreams of a big winter wonderland scene, full of things that felt indulgent and sparkly.

She chose the most adorable puffy taffeta skirt, which added to the theme; it looked like it was made out of cotton candy!

With the lighted trees, gold and platinum accents, and the cascade of gold beads, we got that beautiful, soft sparkly look she wanted.

Now, some kids love the cake, and it’s a blast to see them dig in. Others are a little more cautious, and it’s so funny to me that you can’t always predict which way they will go!

She had a few dainty tastes, showing off those big blue eyes of hers, and then she was like, “I’m done.”

But once again, saving the day… the bubble bath! Then we started seeing those bright smiles.

And that pink turban!  Can you even with it? It’s little touches like this that can make the photos even more memorable.

Let’s work together to create the perfect cake smash scene for your baby!  It doesn’t matter if you know exactly what you want or you need some guidance; I’m here to help make the magic happen.

And if you need more inspiration for your cake smash session, follow me on Pinterest or check out my theme pages on my website

Schedule your appointment so you grab the best time, and then we’ll begin to create together!

Cincinnati Cake Smash Session with Peach Theme

Look at little Georgia; isn’t she a peach? I was so excited when her parents and I began to design her One Year Cake Smash Session.

If you’re wondering who chooses all the props and who comes up with the ideas, it’s really a collaborative effort. Some parents have lots of ideas, and others have a theme but then let me do my thing picking out the props and the look. To help with ideas, we share a Pinterest board, pinning things we like and ideas for the theme.

For Georgia’s, I knew that we’d pick from a palette of soft pinks, oranges, and light blue to compliment her peaches and cream complexion and her beautiful strawberry red hair and blue eyes. 

I look over the ideas, check my stash of props to see anything that might complement the set and then, get to shopping! This was the first time for this theme, and I just loved it.

For One Year Cake Smash Sessions, no two sets are exactly alike. Though some people often request a theme I’ve already done, there’s always a special twist that is added in.

The cake was the perfect touch; look at that gorgeous creation from Tres Belle Cake. They never disappoint!

Georgia loved the cake; she got right in there and had a great time and painted herself up good with frosting from head to toe.

Afterward, it was bathtime, and boy did she light up for that. As we washed off the sticky stuff, we played with bubbles.

So many cute photos of this little sweetheart! Is your little one celebrating a first birthday soon? Get in touch, and let’s plan your cake smash!

one year old in science lab

Kapow! These photos are the cutest, don’t you think? Check out this fantastic idea with our own Baby Bruce Banner morphing from a sweet one-year-old to Baby Incredible Hulk.

I love it when parents really embrace the fun of the cake smash. This rite of passage from baby to toddler can be bittersweet, to be sure. But it’s also a whole lot of fun to see their personalities emerge!

Mom and dad encouraged me to run wild with ideas. I knew that this particular set would need to both have that nerdy-scientist thing and a bit of Gotham to set the mood. The glasses on him and the green bow tie were the perfect finishing touch.

Some kids would balk at the idea of a bright green cake, but not Baby Bruce! What started out as a shy small and a taste quickly morphed into him getting totally into it. Mom and dad said this was right along with his personality, always curious and adventurous.

Ideas like this are what can personalize your cake smash session.  As it turned out, this was one of my most popular posts on social media.

Then, after all the cake was smeared, eaten, and squished in, it was time for cleanup in our signature bubble bath to end the session. I love this part of the session because, after the sugar high, the water and bubbles are the perfect ending. Some of the sweetest photos come from this part of the session!

The sky is the limit, so let’s come up with some themes for you soon to be one year old! I love it when my clients can inject something meaningful to their family into the session. I have a ton of cool props at hand, or if you have something specific in mind, I’m happy to source props to make it the perfect end to the best first year. Get it touch to set your Cincinnati Cake Smash session!

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 🙂

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!

Want to see some other adorable Cake Smash sessions? Check out one here!

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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collage of cake smash images by heather elizabeth studios

Doing Cake Smash Photography for Hyde Park, Indian Hill, and all of Cincinnati’s metro area families is a job that I can’t believe I am so lucky to do.

This little guy’s Star Themed Cake Smash Session was a blast! It is also a reminder of how lucky I am to serve this area.

This little guy dug right into his yellow, white, and blue Tres Bella cake and was no stranger to making a mess.

First, we grabbed a couple of images before we brought his cake in. As you will see he totally hammed it up!

After we brought his cake in he tried to blow out his yellow fondant one-shaped candle. (Don’t worry though, it wasn’t lit!) Next, he tore in!

It was awesome to see the fun he was having. Once he finished his cake we moved our little frosting-covered boy to the bath tub where he had a ball playing with the bubbles and rubber duck.

Between his joy of devouring his cake and the dreamy gold and blue stars in the dangling in the background this Cake Smash Session was wonderful.

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Check out his adorable behind the scenes video!

As always a huge thanks go out to my favorite Cincinnati Bakeries, Tres Belle Cakes for creating this beautiful custom cake for us!

Are you interested in a Cake Smash session with Heather Elizabeth Studios?

Heather Elizabeth Studios will now be offering fully styled cake smashes that include the cake smash outfit!  Contact me here for details!

At Heather Elizabeth Studios it is our PASSION to document your child’s life. These years slip away so quickly, which makes capturing these moments so very important.

For your own Cincinnati Cake Smash Photography session contact me today! <3

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