What is a Cake Smash Session?
A cake smash session in an absolutely wonderful way to celebrate baby's first birthday and get memorable photographs of your little one!
The images taken at a cake smash sessions are unique, memorable, and make incredible decor and gifts for your home and family. Cake smashes are fun for baby and parents, and provide a unique opportunity to capture your baby's curiosity and personality at this young age. Many clients choose a cake smash session for documenting baby's first birthday, while others see the session itself as a special occasion! It is our pleasure to work with you and your family to craft a special photo experience just for your baby!
What to expect
For the safety and comfort of everyone involved, we like to let baby set the pace of a cake smash session. Some sessions only last a few minutes, while others may take more time. Ideally, baby will dig right into the cake and go all out, but more often than not things may need a little nudge from mom and dad. Sometimes baby won't interact with the cake at all, and having a parent there to engage and encourage can make a world of difference. Because of this, we recommend that parents be prepared to be photographed along with baby. Try dressing in colors that complement what your baby is wearing and be ready for a bit of a mess! Some of the most memorable images from a cake smash session come from the whole family being completely covered in cake!
If the session is taking place during a birthday party, we recommend setting up the cake in a distraction-free area to encourage baby to focus. Finding a shady spot away from the crowd will generally produce better images, and allow the focus of the photography to be on your little one. If you are planning your cake smash session around a party, we encourage you to work with us to create a timeline of events so we may properly prepare. Our first priority is to create amazing images you can enjoy again and again years after the event has taken place!
Our preference for all cake smash events is to book the session at the studio on our white backdrop. The colors pop and you get a beautiful magazine style look for your beautiful large wall canvas and birthday album. We normally need about 30 minutes for this session and lots of paper towel for cleanup!
Choosing a Birthday Cake
The most important item needed for a cake smash session is the cake itself!
We encourage our clients to purchase or make their own cake for baby to ensure it is exactly what you want and expect. Some babies may have special dietary needs as well, making it important for you to select a treat that keeps your bundle of joy happy and healthy.
Here are some guidelines for selecting a cake:
Order a mini cake instead of a full sized cake
Lighter cakes, (whites, yellows) photograph much better than darker ones do and look more appropriate smeared on baby's face
Pure white frosting can be difficult to photograph: try off-white or different colors for best results
Sprinkles, stripes and colored accents look fabulous on camera - try selecting a cake with interesting decorations
Cupcakes are less expensive than full cakes and can produce results with baby that are just as effective
What to wear?
Choosing an outfit for baby is one of the most enjoyable parts of planning a cake smash session! We highly recommend an outfit after picking out your confection to create a beautiful cohesive look. Here are a few tips on selecting baby's clothing:
Choose colors that match or complement the colors of the cake
Ruffles, tulle, ribbon and lace look fabulous on camera
Accessories such as headbands, necklaces, and cute shoes add detail and interest to your images
Try to steer away from dark colors or bright white; off white, pastel or bright colors look best
Avoid items that could be damaged by soapy water or cake
Make sure the outfit is washable
If your session location is not at home, it is important to bring lots of clean-up material to make sure baby is clean and happy after the cake smash! The smashing session may not last more than a few minutes, and it's best to be prepared for clean-up as soon as we finish. Bring several clean bath towels, baby wipes, a roll of paper towel, a bottle of water and gentle soap.