"Where The Wild Things Are" One Year Photoshoot | Cake Smash Session


Leading up to Jayden's first birthday, I knew I wanted to do a themed photoshoot. If you know me, you know I'm all about a theme! I actually decided "Where the Wild Things Are" for the shoot first, then took that theme into planning Jayden's party. One of the main decor items I wanted to do for Jayden's party was to have a few posters printed from his one-year photo shoot to hang around the room and tie it all together.  I worked with a friend of mine, Amy Anaiz who is an amazing photographer and always someone you can count on to bring your vision to life.  Amy is known for her weddings/engagement shoots, but as you can see, she is great with kids as well, which I know first hand is not an easy task! Amy is all about the details, which I love and exactly what you want in a photographer. The fact that she was able to capture not one but several cute photos of Jayden in his knit oeuf crown (that he did NOT want to wear), is all the evidence you need, that Amy is amazing!

I did all of the styling for the shoot, which included quite a few DIY projects, many which you may have seen before in the two post on Jayden's party, including the teepee, which I found on Amazon and the light box from Heidi Swapp.  Amy scouted the location–which could not have been more perfect! All Amy knew leading up to the shoot was that I wanted a forest feel... she had never read the book "Where the Wild Things Are" and I completely forgot to tell her that being near a lake would be ideal (since I was making a boat), but as you see, she nailed it!

We shoot in Central Park, near 110th up in Harlem, right in front of the Harlem Meer.  Apparently for such a set up, you need a permit (which we did not have), but playing dumb and being extra nice worked in our favor.  Between set up and shooting, we were there for about 1.5hrs and Jayden was a champ.  I'm telling you, this kid was made to be in front of the camera!


For Jayden's cake, I decided to make it myself, since it was just going to get destroyed anyways. I had never made a two tiered cake like this before, but was happy with how it turned out.  I actually ended up making another one exactly the same the next day for my husbands birthday.  It was a strawberry cake with a butter cream frosting, all made from scratch. Strawberry cake (made with fresh strawberry puree) is mine and my husbands favorite so we thought it would be fitting to have the same for Jayden's first taste of cake.

I couldn't be happier with how this photos turned out and I know I will cherish them always.  I also made a fun book using my favorite photos from the shoot, with Artifact Uprising, to use as a guest book for the party. Such a great keepsake as well. Of course only you will know how well your baby will do with a one year photo shoot, but I highly recommend taking photos to remember this special milestone. If you're in the New York area, reach out to Amy, she's a dream to work with!

Jayden's Outfit: 

Oeuf Gold Crown, Spring | Raglan Onesie, OldNavy | Stem Baby Organic Sweater, Nordstrom | Striped Trousers, Zara | Freshly Picked Moccasins

Photographer: Amy Anaiz Photography

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