First Birthday Cake Smash What to Expect

What to Expect for a First Year Cake Smash

Kristin Boyer, Atlanta Cake Smash Photography

I get loads of questions about what to bring or what to expect for a cake smash session.  so… here are a few tips for you!

Typically a Cake Smash session takes about an hour … that is how long a one year old is interested in taking photos…Dads too!!  So we move very quickly.  My goal for our time together is for you and your family to be relaxed, have fun and enjoy our time with each other.

The Cake Smash Sessions are broken down into a few different stages.

  1. Portraits:  The portrait portion of the session can include baby only, or a family portrait if that is what you desire.  Typically I recommend a separate outfit than what you have chosen for the cake smash part of the session.  There is no limit to the number of outfit changes you can have during this type of photo shoot, so plan away!  I am always available to offer my opinion if you are having trouble deciding on an outfit for your little one.   If there are certain things that your child loves at this age, a lovie, blanket or favorite toy or stuffed animal, bring it along! We will include that. This portion of the session is up to you and your family! We will discuss what types of images you want to create and capture and we will work together to make sure your goals are met.
  2. Cake Smash:  will be the Cake Smash. We will spend about 25 minutes capturing the actual cake eating, and playing. Due to the amount of food related allergies and other food intolerances, it is my policy that each family provide their own cake. This gives you the added bonus of choosing the icing colors!  (TIP:  Do not pick red icing as that does not look good in the photos!!)
  3. Bubbles:  We will end with a fantastic bath with bubbles and rubber duckies. They can spend as long as they wish in the bath tub as I will be getting photos of the whole process. This portion optional but is frequently the babies favorite part of the shoot.

What to bring:

  • The Cake!!  Due to potential allergies, I do not provide the cakes.  Here is a list of my favorite vendors for cakes: Manto’s Cakes Publix, Whole Foods or GiGi’s Cupcakes.   Try to avoid red icing on a cake because it tends to look like your precious one year old has been in a fight when it is smeared all over their sweet faces.  🙁
  • Outfits:  Typically I recommend a separate outfit for the portrait portion of the shoot.  There is no limit to the number of outfit changes you can have during this type of photo shoot, so plan away!  I am always available to offer my opinion if you are having trouble deciding on an outfit for your little one.  If you have a particular outfit in mind for your child, please let me know the colors so we can coordinate.     If you would like suggestions for what to wear, review my recent blog post here for ideas.
    Baby girls: I have rompers, headbands and tutus for girls, but you are welcome to bring other outfits as well.Baby Boys: Please bring jeans and shorts if possible.If you have diaper covers, please bring them along.
  • Colors:  If you have color preferences or a theme, please let me know ASAP so that we can coordinate.  🙂
  • Snacks:  It is also helpful to bring along a small snack and a drink in case they need a little break.
  • Parents: Bring an extra pair of clothing. The session gets messy. Normally it’s the parents who have to dig into the cake.  🙂
  • Make sure baby is fed and happy upon arrival. Try to book right before or after nap time.

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Location:

Cake smash photography can happen in studio, or outside!  It also doesn’t have to be cake!  How about an ice cream session?  Or a watermelon session?  Cookies?  Why not?!  This type of photo shoot can be done for more that just a one year old.  It works well for two and three year old children as well!

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