I photographed this little man while still in his Mama’s belly, so you can just imagine how bittersweet it was for me to photograph him in celebration of his first birthday <insert sigh>.

I’m so thankful to have been a witness to the journey he and his parents have enjoyed this past year.

It’s my hope that one day….in 30/40+ years, because of these images, they can close their eyes and hear the laughter, smell the baby smell, taste the cupcakes and feel the excitement of his first year of life.

I’ve been wanting to try something new (beyond a cake smash) with a 1 year old for awhile. I’ve been planning to do this with my daughter when she turns 1, but am glad we got to do it with this cutie first. I’m sure he’s made his Grandmother (who’s an art teacher) very proud.

Everyone always asks what kind of paint we used. This is what we used – Non-toxic paint.

He was not too happy to be covered in yucky paint so a cheeto saved the day and put a smile on his face.

I love how you can see the texture created by his diaper.

His Daddy said he was also going to save/frame the paintbrushes. Isn’t that an awesome idea?!

Admiring his masterpiece.

It was hard work eating cupcakes and painting. After his big clean up he enjoyed some quiet time with Mommy.

Help this family earn a free print to hang in their house!!

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  • BritianieJuly 21, 2011 - 9:54 am

    My heart totally melted when I saw his hand reached out to hers, both covered in paint. Needless to say, I love them all. And the bubbles! But who doesnt love bubbles! 🙂 Beautiful family, beautiful job, Kasey.

  • BrittneyJuly 21, 2011 - 11:12 am

    Adorable again! Way to go Lucas, you look like you have a future in art! 😉

  • HeatherJuly 21, 2011 - 5:25 pm

    Loved them all especially the one where you were holding Lucas in front of the rocks! Special moment!!!

  • Jessica SchuetyJuly 21, 2011 - 6:46 pm

    Lucas is one handsome little guy! Great pictures Henrikson family!

  • Beth HamelJuly 21, 2011 - 7:02 pm

    How sweet! He made a cute painter! Love them! Happy first birthday!

  • Great Aunt CathyJuly 21, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    They are all fabulous pictures, and Lucas is absolutely adorable!

  • Lynell TorresJuly 21, 2011 - 8:05 pm

    I can’t believe how big he has gotten. Still the sweet boy I remember, wonderful pictures!

  • SarahJuly 21, 2011 - 8:10 pm

    Super cute! I can’t believe he is already having his first birthday!

  • Melissa UtterbackJuly 21, 2011 - 8:22 pm

    Love the pics!! Can’t believe how big he is already!! Beautiful family Stacy!!

  • LaurenJuly 21, 2011 - 8:46 pm

    I have such a cute nephew. What amazing angles! LOVE the photographer’s work.

  • Aunt NancyJuly 21, 2011 - 9:37 pm

    So so cute. I love the cupcake picture where he’s reaching out to munch down. so simple so pure of heart. I love them all.

  • LaurenJuly 22, 2011 - 1:11 am

    Absolutely adorable pictures! I love all of them! So creative and what a beautiful family!

  • Yvonne SpragueJuly 22, 2011 - 6:37 am

    Happy 1st Birthday! Love the masterpiece he created! What a beautiful family and handsome little boy. Great photography too; love the style and approach to the subject matter.

  • Cathy AndertJuly 22, 2011 - 7:54 am

    Fabulous pictures, all of them! Lucas is absolutely adorable!

  • MichaelJuly 22, 2011 - 7:55 am

    Save a cupcake for your Grandpa buddy!

  • Grandma DianneJuly 22, 2011 - 9:13 am

    Hey…I need him in my Art classes! How fun! I know how hard Kasey works to get the just the right angles for her photos and when you have such great scenery, not-to-mention outstanding subject matter, you have all the ingredients you need for an amazing photography session! Great work!

  • Uncle RichardJuly 22, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    Pablo Picasso has nothing on him!!!! God is great!

  • Peggy FerroneJuly 22, 2011 - 3:20 pm

    Lucas is adorable, he is very creative in his art work. Great Job! Happy 1st Birthday Lucas! Love You! XOXOX

  • Aunt KatyJuly 22, 2011 - 7:32 pm

    These pictures are amazing. They all look like great fun. He has grown so much since I saw him last.

  • DanielleJuly 23, 2011 - 7:22 am

    I love little Lucas! You guys make such a pretty family, and I love the paint idea!

  • Shannon PasketJuly 23, 2011 - 7:25 am

    Great pictures!!! I love the painting 🙂

  • dorothee and gilesJuly 23, 2011 - 7:31 am

    great pictures love the idea with the painting.

  • Julie MorrisJuly 23, 2011 - 7:40 am

    Great pics, what a sweet boy!

  • Danielle DuvalJuly 23, 2011 - 11:13 am

    Lucas is such a doll, & sooo photogenic! I love the pictures & creative ideas! (:

  • Barbara KalistJuly 23, 2011 - 2:35 pm

    I love the painting pics! Messy but with a purpose. 🙂

  • Sean KalistJuly 23, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    I like the bubble ones.

  • Cousin LisaJuly 23, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    Lucus is so cute! These pictures are great!

  • Barbara KalistJuly 24, 2011 - 7:50 am

    I love the painting pictures, especially the one where he’s painting himself!

  • grandma KrisJuly 26, 2011 - 10:43 am

    great pictures! Such a beautiful family and a boy to be proud of.

  • Shelly YountJuly 26, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE each and every one of theses pictures!!

  • Josie DeglerJuly 31, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    You’re the bestest photographer! LOVEEEE the art pics!

  • NikiAugust 3, 2011 - 11:12 pm

    Someone pinned this on pintrist. Great pictures! And what fun ideas for first birthday pictures.

  • ingrisJune 25, 2015 - 6:32 am

    I want to do a painting with my one year old, but I am sure he is going to try to eat the paint, dkid you have thjs problem or did you use a special paint?

    Btw…I am from Guatemala 😉 just so you know how far your blog reached.

  • adminJune 25, 2015 - 6:47 am

    Hello Guatemala 🙂 We used non-toxic paint. We didn’t have any issues with him eating the paint. However, I did have 2 parents watching like hawks and swooping in whenever necessary. Just make sure you have towels/wipes/water on hand. It can get messy 😉

  • AiméeJuly 21, 2016 - 6:09 pm

    Love the idea of the painting!