Cake Smash Sessions
Why not celebrate your child's birthday?
Most clients do it for the 1st birthday, but it has been known for a 2/3 year old!
What happens? FUN! We photograph your child in a setting, provided by us we have outfits/backgrounds- all you have to do is bring the cake!
We take a serious of photos, from beginning to end of eating yummy cake and then followed by a bubble bath to get them all clean.
So much splashing to be had!
How much are your sessions?
Cake smash session are $350 per session.
This (obviously!) includes the session itself, the setup (backdrops, props etc) AND it also includes a bubble bath set up at the end!
You receive ALL digital files taken (in high resolution) and they will be available to download form an online gallery.
Please keep in mind that less props & set-ups will be used during this session. There are two outfit changes: A cute first birthday outfit, and the cake smash outfit. The first few shots we get will be portraits of your baby dressed in a cute outfit for a couple traditional first birthday portraits. Then take a few minutes to change your baby into their cake smash outfit.
Most babies simply wear a diaper covers, , a tutu or cloth nappy for the cake smash. A nappy or other color or pattern-coordinating cloth or designer nappy is fine. Some parents prefer to do the cake smash with the baby fully clothed instead of in a nappy, and this is totally fine with me. Just be aware that the icing coloring may ruin the clothes and nappy cover. Parent is responsible for bringing outfit(s). Please make sure you bring a change of clothing for baby for the ride home.
Let your baby have cake at least 2 times in the weeks leading up to the cake smash session. This way they will be familiar with cake enough to move past the exploration phase and they can get excited about it like the rest of us! Feeding them cake ahead of time also helps determine if your baby has any allergies or sensitivity from the cake and/or icing coloring, such as; wheat, egg, or refined sugar. Believe it or not, many babies think the texture of the icing feels weird. Some babies don’t like it at all and get upset when it won’t easily wipe off, and some babies are very interested in it and examine it very seriously.
Parent is responsible for ordering and picking up the cake. The trend is to go large, but we don’t need a three-layer cake, a medium cake gets the same results. Please avoid ordering chocolate cake and please avoid fondant decorations, this can pose a choking hazard, as well as avoiding the colors of red and blue. Go with whipped or buttercream frosting; it’s easy to dig into. Sprinkles, absolutely, if you can get them on the cake without having to modify your design.
A cake stand can be used but remember it might fall over and ruin the cake and might tip over on baby. Another idea would be to use a decorative plate.
If you prefer to provide a home-baked cake yourself instead of from the bakery, please make sure that no toothpicks or other structural items are placed inside the cake. Also for home-baked cakes, please avoid lining the base plate with tin foil.
I have a couple of backdrops that I use specifically for cake smash sessions. I sometimes will use a crafty banner to add a hint of color following the “less is more” philosophy… simple/clean/uncluttered look. Balloons can be used only in the background on the floor behind baby due to the shadows and color casting. Other backdrops/themes may be available but it takes several weeks to receive a new backdrop so the sooner I know the better.
If your baby has a fever or is not feeling well on the day of the session, then it needs to be rescheduled. We will not get good results and good smiles if your baby isn’t feeling well. Just put the cake into the freezer for safekeeping. Take it out of the freezer with enough time to let it thaw prior to the next session.
Have some snacks, or your baby’s favorite dry finger food on hand to stuff into the cake in case they need help being a little more interested in it.
We always have a play to get your birthday babe to get more comfortable and feel at ease with the camera.