How To Prepare For Your Cake Smash Session

A cake smash photo session is a fun, joyful way to commemorate the milestone of your little one’s first birthday. Capture your baby’s surprise, curiosity and delight as they tear into their first taste of sugar. A cake smash is a great way to express your baby’s unique personality in a relaxed and carefree way. Cake smash sessions are my absolute f.a.v.o.r.i.t.e!  Your baby is growing fast; let me capture this moment for you to remember. 

What to Expect
Cake smash sessions last about 45 minutes. They begin with capturing your child’s expressions while they are calm and clean. Once we bring in the cake, the photo session usually takes from 15 minutes; we let your baby set the pace, as some little ones are eager to dig into the cake and others are more hesitant and need some encouragement. If your baby is shy about digging into the frosting, you might have to get in there and show him how it’s done. Be ready for a mess and for a quick cleanup session afterward.

Choosing a Cake
Select a small cake or large cupcake – generally six inches or smaller. The cake or cupcake is the most important part of the photo session (besides your little cutie-patootie). I ask the parents to provide the cake or cupcake, because that way you’ll be sure to get just the look you want, and you’ll also be able to take into consideration any special dietary needs your child might have. Here are a few more things to think about when choosing a cake:

*Choose light colors for both the cake and the frosting. Pastels look great on camera.
* Sprinkles, Sprinkles, Sprinkles! Decorations always look great.
* Avoid chocolate or red velvet, as they can appear less than pleasant when smeared on a baby’s face.

What to Wear
The outfit your baby wears will be an important part of the photo session. We recommend that you choose the cake first, as it, along with your baby, will be the star of the show. Then choose clothing and decorations that complements the color of the cake. Some additional things to consider:

*White onsies and tutus always photograph well. I recommend simple with lots of skin showing to get messy.
*Accessories such as party hats, bows, ribbons or fun ties and necklaces can add interest to your photos.
* If you choose to leave your baby mostly undressed for the session, remember that a cute diaper cover will be more attractive than a disposable diaper alone.
*Of course, make sure that any outfit you choose will be easy to wash after the festivities are over.

The Mess
Naturally, your little one is going to make quite a mess during the photo shoot – and that’s a big part of the fun! Bring lots of water, wipes, and a change of clothes to make sure the baby is happy and comfortable after the festivities.

Jamie’s Recommendations
*Bring some puffs or Cheerios to sneak in the cake in case your little one isn’t into the cake too much- we can at least make it look like they are eating cake 😉

*Sippy cup full of water to wash down the sweetness of their cake

*Wipes, wipes, and more wipes

*Here are some of my FAVORITE vendors for cake smash outfits and accessories:
La La Lola’s Etsy Shop     Noah’s Boytique’s Etsy Shop  
Better Than Bows Etsy Shop        Avry Couture Creations Etsy Shop

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