Celebration is the name of the game when it comes to that one and only first birthday, and if there’s anyone who knows how to celebrate in style it’s Ellen DeGeneres. So why not have an Ellen cake smash for a first birthday?

German-born photographer Ute Christin has been a huge fan of The Ellen Show ever since she moved to the United States 17 years ago. As a baby photographer, Christin dreamed of having her passion and her work collide with an epic Ellen-themed cake smash photo shoot. Now her dream has finally come true.

“This little girl’s name is Ariella and she had the most blonde hair I have ever seen on a newborn baby, so I knew back then (yes a year ago) that one day she would have to be my Ellen in the cakesmash setup,” Christin told Red Tricycle. “She just turned one at the end of August so it was time to make it happen. Lots of planning went into it, but I am so excited about how it turned out. I have done lots of cakesmashes before and parents always requests the themes such as Elmo, or Unicorns, or The Wild One, Disney characters, but I had never done an Ellen smash before.”

“She was not very interested in the cake but she was very interested in eating mini Ellen and messing with tWitch,” Christin explained. “She kept crawling off the set but once we played (the) Ellen theme song from Pink she started to hang out and got her groove on!”

The Ellen Show launches its 17th season this fall and there couldn’t be a more fitting tribute than this super cute cakesmash 17 years in the making. “I thought it would be a fun way to show off my love for her and the show,” Christin said. “I also think it is a great time to remind people to be kind to one another. Kindness is so much needed these days.”

—Shahrzad Warkentin

All photos: Courtesy of Ute Christin Photography



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