A cake smash session to remember
What is a cake smash session? In short, it’s the coolest way to celebrate your baby’s first birthday. You don’t want to miss out on this experience. Your baby will only have his or her birthday once— as it is with all birthdays, for sure— but there’s something truly special about a first birthday celebration. Check out these cute cake smash pictures:
Cake smash pictures are more than just birthday portraits, which are so common that it would be strange not to take them every year. A cake smash is fun, it’s aesthetically pleasing, it’s sugary sweet, it’s full of giggles, and also cake crumbs.
Cake smashing photography is all about timing and fun. You want to enjoy your baby’s birthday, so you definitely shouldn’t be stressing over every little detail. That’s why we suggest you leave it to a professional to cover everything for your child’s first birthday photography session.
What we need from you is to provide the baby’s outfit and cake. We’ll cover the rest for you. You will look back on your child’s first cake smash session and be happy you decided to go for a professional session:
Milestones leading up to the cake smash session
It’s important to mark your baby’s growth a few months leading up to his or her first birthday. Infants develop so quickly that you’ll want to document each and every step of their development.
And you want to make it memorable. We provide a family session to take some exquisite photos with your baby before the six or seven-month photography session. This is what we mean by milestone-marking photo sessions. We include the entire family— extended or not— especially with the baby’s older siblings.
You may opt for an outdoor photography session, but more often than not milestone-marking photography sessions take place in our studio.
This is where we can prepare the best set to suit your vision, including cute baby baths with anything from milk, flower petals, fruit, or bubbles. Babies are so adorable when they reach for the strawberries, or orange slices, or berries from the milk bath. Their smiles are absolutely cute. We make sure to capture every moment from their play time.
This is why Stephany offers professional services, so that years from now you’ll revisit how adorable your baby was at that age— without having to worry about blurry shots, mismatched outfits or your baby crying. Let us help you make the baby’s first birthday extra special.
Choosing the cake smash photoshoot theme
If you have a particular cake smash theme in mind, we can work on the details, décor, color scheme, and props. Stephany puts together the best design that fits your vision and desire. Her eye for detail and keen aesthetics help create an eye-candy visual. Check out our about page to meet the artist behind the lens.
Not only that, but getting to know you and your bundle of joy will help us deliver the best cake smash photoshoot. You can be gender specific. But some cake smash ideas for boys might work out really nicely for a cake smash photoshoot for a girl— fantasy, science fiction, and Marvel themes work great for both genders. Take a look at this super creative Star Wars cake smash.
You don’t want to miss out on the cake smashing photoshoot
When coming up with the design, we’ll take into consideration your child’s tendencies and personality. Since you know your baby best, your opinion is crucial so that we deliver the best cake smash experience for your child– one that you’ll be able to tell your bundle of joy as he or she grows up. Anything fun and cute happening on the set will be a great memory in the years to come.
What’s great about baby photography or first birthday photoshoot is that the pictures you’re gifting your child will last for decades to come. Who knows how technology develops, so that your child might show his or her baby photos to his or her children. That would be quite a sight!
10 tips for the best cake smash session
In a nutshell, here are 10 tips for an awesome cake smash session:
1. Plan it in advance
Don’t wait too long! A few weeks after your baby’s newborn session, be sure to book a consultation. Why so soon? It’s because we want to be available and help you get the best milestone-marking pictures leading up to his or her first birthday.
2. Go for milestone sessions
If you’re excited about documenting every step until the first birthday, you could go for your baby’s first half birthday (or seven-month milestone) as long as your little one sits up on his or her own. Half birthday is still an impressive photo shoot— your baby crawling, giggling, sitting up, and many more poses. Make sure you schedule a free consultation with us to get more info on the types of photo shoots you could be giving your child.
3. Decide on a theme or concept
You might think there’s only so much that you can do about a Disney theme, for example. But the sky's the limit— Stephany will make sure that she captures your baby’s true essence and creates a unique design.
4. Discuss all the details with the photographer
After the concept or theme has been decided upon, every little prop and decoration will highlight your baby’s hair, facial features, and skin tone. Every cake smash photo shoot is customized for each client, and there are no two sessions alike. It’s as exclusive as it gets.
5. Get the right outfit
Your baby must feel comfortable in the outfit you’re picking out. Plus, it should match the theme of the cake smashing photo shoot. Remember that your baby will have some fun with the cake— eat it, wear it, paint with it— so the outfit will get stained here and there, and all over.
6. Bring a toy your baby likes
You know your baby best. Your baby can use his or her favorite toy to play or self-soothe, or he or she will probably smack it around. Even better— we want your baby to feel as comfortable and playful as possible.
If you add something sweet to the table— a cake to celebrate the momentous first birthday— then your baby will surely have a great time playing and giggling.
7. Get the best cake
Which is why you need to get the cake you think your baby will enjoy. What cake is best for cake smash? One that looks appealing, great for a photoshoot, and one that your baby will enjoy. You can pick anything from chocolate or vanilla cake to sponge cakes with buttercream or yoghurt frosting.
8. Make sure your baby is not allergic
Make sure in advance your baby is not allergic to any ingredient from the cake. Plus, cut down on the added sugar from the cake to abide by U.S. dietary guidelines.
9. Get ready for some mess
You may bring a spare outfit because it’s 100% sure the cake smash will get messy. Not to worry— we’ll take care of the cleanup. Plus, not only will your baby take a bath, but also get another photo to remember the experience.
10. Sit back and enjoy
The difference between a DIY cake smash and a professional cake smash session is that you can simply sit back and enjoy. Stephany offers a luxury photography experience, taking birthday and cake smash photography to a whole new level of professionalism and fun.
If you are looking for cake smash photographers in Dallas or family portrait studios nearby, the areas we serve include but are not limited to Addison, Allen, Carrollton, Colleyville, Coppell, Dallas, Denton, Euless, Fairview, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Frisco, Garland, Grapevine, Hurst, Irving, Keller, Lewisville, McKinney, Plano, Richardson, Rockwall, Southlake and beyond.
If you’re looking for maternity photo shoot ideas while expecting a little sibling for your toddler, be sure to book a maternity session.