There are so many wonderful ways to document your little one’s first birthday. From a romp in the local park at sunset to the toy room in the comfort of your own home. One year sessions are a blast. My most popular choice for first birthdays is the cake smash session. This is where your child gets to try cake for the first time. These sessions generally result in an irrestistably adorable blend of happy baby, frosting, and cake crumbs flying everywhere! If your baby has dietary restrictions fear not. Successful cake smashes have been carried out with everything from frozen yoghurt to homemade sugar-free cupcakes, or even non food items like paint.
A cake smash session takes no more than one hour. We create your set, put your child in front of the cake and let them destroy it! My full cake smash session allows for some clean portraits of you and your baby and also a few pictures with the party decorations before the cake is put down. I can also create for you the first birthday milestone chalk board image as part of this session.
I do not include the cake or decorations as there are too many colour preferences out there. In my experience it is best if you find your styling items so that you get exactly what you want. Also considering the many children now suffering from allergies I would rather keep things safe and have you organise the cake. I do have a number of backdrop combinations to individualise your shoot. A sample of each of these is below so that you can take it into consideration when planning your outfits. You’ll notice from my gallery that once photographed and edited the backdrops appear a lot more subdued.
During the cake smashing, icing goes everywhere so I think it looks best when your child is semi naked. Girls look great in bloomers, tutus and lacey rompers. The boys are handsome in colourful nappy covers, fun onesies and accessories like bow ties and suspenders.
Does your baby just love bath time? What better way to clean up the smeared cake and icing than with a splash in some bubbles! Most children love splashing in the warm water and makes for another series of adorable photos added to my full sessions.
Please remember to wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty as you will be chasing your little one around and once they start smashing cake icing goes everywhere! Speaking of messes, don’t forget to bring a towel to help wash up your bub. They’ll probably want a drink as well after trying the sweetness of cake.
Where Can I Find Styling Items
There are so many places to begin your search for cake smash props. For outfits and bunting I would start by browsing either Etsy or Ebay for cute little outfits as well as tissue paper decorations and bunting. You will find that Spotlight and Kmart also now carry a large range of party supplies which are perfect for a cake smash session.