Happy 1st Birthday Luke {Cake Smash}


365 Days ago. You entered this world almost bigger than your 18 month old brother.

You are a charismatic young man to the point you can scream through the night and it will sound like a lullaby (to me, I don’t think Mum feels the same way lol).

You eat all your dinner, and Max’s too. Hence why a birthday cake was no trouble at all.

You have eyes that would melt a grizzly bear, a smile that is richer than The Beatles, and a laugh that tickles the soul.


“If you’d never been born, well what would you be?
You might be a fish! Or a toad in a tree!
You might be a door knob! Or three baked potatoes!
You might be a bag full of hard green tomatoes!
Or worse than all that… why, you might be a WASN’T!
A Wasn’t has no fun at all. No, he doesn’t.
A Wasn’t just isn’t. He just isn’t present.
But you… you ARE YOU! And now, isn’t that pleasant!”

-Dr Suess


Happy 1st Birthday Luke.


I wanted to do a Cake Smash for Luke’s 1st Birthday while I was in Tauranga, since I couldn’t actually be there on the day. Thinking of some places where we could do it. I sprung out of bed on the morning of, and my last day. Ran through to Becca and exclaimed I had the best idea of where we could do the shoot. Max’s room!
Becca looked at me like I’d just told her a Nuclear holocaust was in our fate. I wondered why on earth she wasn’t as excited as I was. Problem was, she was looking at it from a mothers perspective, and I, a photographers perspective. Max’s room has hardwood floors. But fair enough, I don’t have children, so clearly her vision was cake smeared everywhere imaginable.
Well lucky for you Becca, your child is a garbage disposal . The mess was contained because he didn’t want to see any of that cake go to waste!

We laughed until we cried. I don’t think the hilarity comes through the images as much as its it needssss to. And I was sure they were all going to be out of focus from the amount I was shaking from laughing. I couldn’t even see at one point because I had breathed so heavily my view finder fogged up.
Luke. You are such a cool dude!

Anyway, enough jibber jabber…

Cake Smash Time...

Cake Smash Photo shoot

Cake Smash Photo shoot
I see that drool hanging off your lip…. the cake is just momentsssss away…
My present to you Luke… let’s do this…

Cake Smash Photo shootA little apprehensive at first, some sly looks up at us to say …”Sooo… your just..giving me a cake.. no strings attached?!!”.

Cake Smash Photo shoot
‘I’m gonna put my hand in it… you gonna stop me?’

Cake Smash Photo shoot
‘I’m going to taste some… still not going to stop me?’

Cake Smash Photo shoot
‘Rad! I get a cake all to myself muhahaha’

Cake Smash Photo shoot

Cake Smash Photo shoot

‘Too much effort bringing it up to my lips… I have a better plan!’

Cake Smash Photo shoot

‘I just put my tummy in it… and your laughing??? Man, best day ever!’

Cake Smash Photo shoot

‘So your not going to stop me?… Just continue to take photos?… Brain hemorrhage?!’

Cake Smash Photo shoot

‘Oi vey, that is some good cake!’

Cake Smash Photo shoot

Cake Smash Photo shoot


Cake Smash Photo shoot


Cake Smash Photo shoot

Cake Smash Photo shoot

Cake Smash Photo shoot

‘I can’t be in trouble… you gave it to me!’

Cake Smash Photo shoot

Cake Smash Photo shoot
“Are you proud of me?!”
… Luke, I think you are proud of yourself! Solid effort!

Cake Smash Photo shoot

And the remains.

Cake Smash Photo shoot


Love you loads Lukey. I hope you have a marvellous 1st Birthday. Next year… TWO cakes! ;-)


  • Anne

    Oh how gorgeous!!!!  What a little piggie!!! Hahahaha!!!!

  • Aunty BOB

    Love this! I don’t think I’ll ever forget how hilarious this moment was..and all caught on camera..perfection! Good job heather! Xx

  • Rebecca Balmer

    Best Cake Smash EVERRRRRRRR!!!!!

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