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First Birthday Cake Smash!

What better way to celebrate a first birthday and capture one year old portraits than with a cake smash? Of course, I’m usually more of an ice cream girl than a cake girl, but when it comes to birthdays, cake is king. And when my friends and past clients told me they were interested in including a cake smash in their 1 year old son’s portrait session, I was all in.

Not only are Bob and Diana great parents and a lot of fun, but their son Owen is just the sweetest, most adorable blue-eyed little guy around. He really melts my heart with his silly grins and his quizzical looks. And let me tell you – we got a lot of quizzical looks from him during this session. Between balloons and an abundance of cake, there was a lot to take in and enjoy, and Owen was a trooper when it came to being the star of the show.

One Year Old Birthday Boy Portraits, Blue Hat, Blue Jeans, green pendants, letters, Lisle, IL

While Bob warned me that Owen had woken up with just a little attitude that morning, he was the perfect blend of personality and smiles.  It was a lot of fun to watch him decide when we was interested in certain props, and when he was done with certain things – namely his hat!  To his credit, he rocked that little blue hat for a long time – and looked great doing it.

One Year Old Birthday Boy Portraits, Blue Hat, Blue Jeans, green pendants, puppy, Lisle, IL

Every once and a while, Bob had to jump in to help Owen wrangle his balloons.  We caught some funny photos of Bob in action – but I’ll spare him from our laughter for now.  Besides, Owen is still the star, and once he got into my little rocking chair (yep, this rocking chair was mine as a little girl), he lit up and had a blast, so much so that we’re now keeping an eye out for a rocking chair that Owen can call his own.

One Year Old Birthday Boy Portraits, Rocking Chair, Blue Jeans, green pendants, balloons, Lisle, IL

Once Owen warmed up, we really got the party started.  Check out the darling little cake Diana and Bob found for Owen to smash!

One Year Old Birthday Boy Portraits, Cake Smash, blue and green balloons, Lisle, IL

One Year Old Birthday Boy Portraits, Cake Smash, blue and green balloons, Lisle, IL

Owen was a bit timid to begin with, but then he really dug in.

One Year Old Birthday Boy Portraits, Cake Smash, blue and green balloons, Lisle, IL

And who can blame him?  The mess is half the fun!

One Year Old Birthday Boy Portraits, Cake Smash, blue and green balloons, Lisle, IL

Personally, I respect a guy who can loosen his tie and unwind with some icing after a long day at the office…or park.

One Year Old Birthday Boy Portraits, Cake Smash, blue and green balloons, Lisle, IL

Dad, of course, was super proud of his little man, and wasn’t intimidated by the destruction when it came to a classic high-five/fist-bump moment.  Adorable!

One Year Old Birthday Boy Portraits, Cake Smash, blue and green balloons, Lisle, IL

In the end, I think Owen celebrated and commemorated his first birthday with just the right combination of indulgence and style.

I sincerely hope we’ll get to see a recreation of these photos when he turns twenty-one.

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