In case you haven’t heard, one of the latest trends in children’s photography is the baby’s one year cake smash. These sessions are an absolute riot! Each little one has his/her opinion on the cake smash and some like it messy while others certainly do not.

I offer 2 packages for cake smashes; a full session with a clean portion followed by the cake smash, and a mini session that focuses on just the cake smash. Contact me today and I will happily book you in for one of these incredibly fun sessions.  I have learned a lot in a short amount of time, and I wanted to share some of that knowledge with anyone considering booking their own cake smash session.

1. Don’t assume they will dive right in All parents hope that their little one will dive in and make a mess of the cake. That’s what you are paying for!  But that doesn’t always happen and that’s okay. Not every child wants to dive right in and make a mess no matter what tricks we try. It’s important to know that even if they don’t turn their cake into a gooey pile of crumbs, I am still able to catch fun images of them poking at it or carefully picking bits of icing or decorations. Sometimes we may need to strategically place a little icing to help things along, or other times mom or dad may have to get involved in the pictures themselves. It’s also a good idea to bring along a favorite toy and some snacks in case your little one needs some encouragment.

2. Come prepared for one heck of a mess One thing parents don’t often realize is that they too will likely become covered in cake and icing during the session (picture your little miss or mister running/crawling straight towards you with icing coated hands), so a change of clothes for everyone, not just the birthday boy or girl, is a good idea.

3. Cake and icing choices matter When picking out your own cake or making one to bring to a smash session.  I have also found that creamier icing and less dense cakes are better for smashing. Fondant and really stiff icing can make it harder for them to get messy. If your cake is going to be refrigerated before the session, I suggest letting it sit out about a half hour before leaving for the cake smash session so the icing has time to soften.

4. Watch out for allergens Offering your child a cake during their session that has ingredients they have never had before isn’t a great idea. This one may seem obvious, but it isn’t always to everyone.  I just photographed a dear friends daughter’s first birthday cake smash a couple of weeks ago, and afterwards she broke out in a pretty bad rash and I felt horrible. I am 99% sure it was due to the cake icing which contained red food coloring  which of course he had never been exposed to before.  It’s something to keep in mind. If you are at all concerned about allergies, less is more when it comes to the color of your icing and it is a good idea to ask your doctor about having some infant/children’s allergy medication on hand just in case.

5. Customize your session I encourage my clients to make the cake smash session their own. I have a TON of props, backgrounds, and accessories to go with pretty much any color scheme you may have in mind, and I am always willing to work with your own props and decor as well. I have had people bring balloons, toys, custom banners, tutus, you name it. You can contact me any time to discuss what I have on hand.

6. Book in advance Book your session early so that you get the date you want. Some parent want their cake smash pictures ready for their child’s actual birthday to print out and display, and in that case, the session should be done at least 2 weeks before the event (sometimes more depending on the season). Remember I do offer Professional Print Services.

If you are considering booking a cake smash session, I hope you found this article helpful. I would love to hear your thoughts below.

Happy smashing everyone!

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