Are you planning first birthday portraits for your baby? A First Birthday Portrait session is a wonderful way to capture precious memories of your child’s birthday milestone. Whether you choose a cake smash session or traditional portraits here in our Cuyahoga Falls studio, be ready for a fun and busy session! Our sessions are custom-designed to fit your vision, Ashley is always happy to make recommendations to make your session extra special!

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Choose a theme for your First Birthday Portraits:

Choosing a theme for the photoshoot can vary from family to family. Many families stick with their first birthday party theme as their main set. Others like to keep it more traditional with timeless neutral sets. Need help choosing a theme or color scheme? Ashley is always happy to schedule a planning call to help bring your vision to life!

Our first birthday portraits are typically scheduled in the studio to allow Ashley to customize and build your sets. Are you dreaming of a session on location? No problem, we can chat about the details!

What to expect during the session:


When you arrive, we will allow some time for your child to get comfortable with the surroundings and the photographer. Before the session, we can determine if your child prefers a quiet and calm atmosphere, playful and silly with music playing in the camera room or something in between. It is completely normal for babies this age to need a little time to adjust to a new location.


First Birthday portraits are often scheduled when the baby is 11 months old, so that finished portraits can be ready and printed for birthday parties, announcements, or thank you cards. Our milestone sessions are typically about an hour, although we are used to being flexible! We schedule time at that studio based on your baby’s happiest time of the day. It is best to choose a time when your child is usually happy and well-rested, preferably in the morning or after a nap.


First birthday sessions are busy and so much fun! Plan to engage with your child throughout the session to elicit genuine smiles and expressions. Sing songs, play games, or use their favorite toys to help keep them entertained. Ashley has a whole stash of toys and props to help encourage engagement as well! Parents are involved in this milestone session by helping the baby sit on the props, dig into the cake, or try out the different sets. Having parents involved shows the baby that they are in a safe and trusted environment.

Family Inclusion:

First birthday portraits are typically about an hour. This timeframe gives us plenty of time for family portraits, sibling breakdowns, and a variety of your baby on their own. Many babies wear 2-3 outfits for their birthday portraits. I encourage sessions to include family members in a few of the portraits to document the special bond and shared joy.


Be flexible and patient if your child needs breaks or becomes fussy during the session. Allow time for rest and refreshments as needed.

Follow these tips to help you prepare for a fun and memorable first birthday portrait session! Please reach out to book your session today!

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Cuyahoga Falls Cake Smash Photographer

Cake Smash photography sessions are one of my very favorite sessions here at Blush!

This portrait session is a popular way to celebrate your baby’s first birthday. Whether your baby is walking or still crawling, we will be able to get a great variety of portraits by utilizing special props and child-sized seating. This session is a fun (and messy!) way to capture your baby’s adorable personality. Most families choose to book their portraits when their babies are eleven months old so that they can display the portraits at their birthday parties.

This session is usually quite active and silly, with your baby’s favorite songs playing in the background or their favorite toys in hand. I like to create a stress-free and fun atmosphere while giving the baby time to warm up to me and explore the studio.

Every session here in the studio is custom designed to meet your vision. First birthday sessions include up to three outfits, beginning with traditional set-ups and ending with the cake smash portion. The family is welcome to join in with the birthday girl or boy for a pose to celebrate this special milestone. While we do not provide the cakes for our cake smash sessions at this time, I am always happy to share a list of my favorite bakers in the area or tips for those families that would like to bake their own. The cake portion of the session often matches the birthday party theme, but the possibilities are endless!

Reach out today to plan your special cake smash session!

Sweet Grayson is one!

We had the best time visiting Grayson and the entire family for a day of updated portraits. (check out of his big sister Emersyn’s photos also on the blog!)

Grayson is all smiles and just the sweetest little guy. We stuck with a light and airy setting in their home and as always his mom Kayla had the perfect accessories ready. He loved playing with the giant birthday balloons and sported some pretty cute outfits. (Is there anything better than an adorable chubby toddler in bib overalls?) After a quick family session we wrapped up with the cake smash. He was not quite sure about his cake and messy hands at first, but once he had a fork he was all in! (what a little gentleman!) We are so happy to see you again baby Gray and we can’t wait to see you grow and grow!

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We had the best time with sweet Robert and his special first birthday photoshoot!

He had an adorable “Never Touch a Monster” birthday, based on his favorite book, so we decided to have some fun with that theme. He had a sweet and simple custom white set with pops of bright colors and textures to compliment his special birthday onsie. We had a lot of fun making the banners and couldn’t get over the monster smash cake by Sugar High Bake Shop Akron. The monster cake was almost too cute to eat! Robert was all too happy to tear into the cake, making for some great cake smash photos!

For his second set, Robert was looking dapper on a sweet and simple farmhouse set. (How perfect are those suspenders?!) He kept us on our toes with his speed-crawling off set, but also charmed us with his many adorable expressions and amazing curls! We think that he is ready for his modeling debut.

Happy Birthday sweet Robert, we hope that you have the best day!

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Interested in checking out the studio? 

It’s an ever-evolving space, as we are constantly creating new handmade props and backdrops as well as ordering beautiful items from our favorite boutiques. We would love to give you a tour of the studio and let you check out our digs. It is our home away from home and would love to share it with you!

Our beautiful studio is located in downtown Cuyahoga Falls and is just a short drive away for families in Cleveland, Fairlawn, Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Stow, Medina, Canton, and all throughout Northeast Ohio.

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