Let them eat cake!

So your little baby is celebrating its first birthday and turning the big O-N-E!  It's a greatly anticipated milestone and I love documenting this epic celebration. No matter what a baby does, it will be beautiful, adorable, and fun. Celebrate these moments by capturing them forever.  It's recommended that you bring one other outfit so that you can get some traditional first birthday pictures as well.

How to have a great cake smash:

When to book: 

Some families book the cake smash the week of the baby's birthday to show the milestones of standing/walking at exactly a year. Others will do it 4-6 weeks early and use the photos for birthday invitations, 1-year announcements, or to display at the party.

A cake smash outfit: 

There are so many options for cake smash outfits! Anything goes from customized onesies to fluffy tutus to fancy dresses with pearls. But this is your choice! Just remember, whatever you choose may not make it back in the closet! The most important thing is to try the outfit on your child before the session so it’s not too small, or too big.

A cake smash location:

We can have the cake smash outdoors (park or your backyard)  if you really want to! Outdoor cake smashes are a great way to take advantage of the beautiful summers that we have here. Good lighting has a major impact on photos, so if we choose to do it inside your home, I choose a spot in your house that gets tons of natural light. 

Time of the day:

For kids, usually, mornings are best between their two naps, but you will know your child's best time of day. The other thing to think about is what time the bakery can have the cake done for you in the morning, which sometimes isn't until 9 or 10 am anyway. (It's best to pick it up that morning so that it has been freshly frosted and soft for the baby to dig into).


I am big on baby safety in all my sessions. A baby may be allergic to wheat, egg, refined sugar among other things. For that reason, I always ask the parents to bring the cake. This also allows them to choose the design and colors.

Cake selection:

There are a few things to keep in mind: safety, appearance, and clean-up. The safest cakes use buttercream, cream cheese, or whipped cream frostings. Fondant cakes can be beautiful and elaborate but are hard for babies to get into. Small decorations are unsafe as babies can get them into their mouths very quickly. It’s best to limit the decoration to color and pattern of frosting, although very small decorations like sprinkles are generally safe additions. Next, consider color and what the cake will look like smeared on the baby’s face: brown and red cakes are particularly poor choices for this reason. Intense neon colors tend to dominate in photographs. Dark colors can be hard to clean out of clothing but can look great as accents.

Whatever happens, happens!

A cake smash session is a great way to show off your baby’s unique personality in a relaxed and carefree way. Some parents are disappointed if the baby doesn’t smash the cake right away. Patience and a break for the baby are sometimes necessary, but I assure you we will get some good pictures of this event! No matter what their reaction is, it is a unique memory and will be fun to look at years from now!

Happy Cake smashing!!

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