CAKE SMASH AND ONE YEAR PORTRAIT PHOTO TIPS
Cake Smashes are an amazing fun shoot that we love putting together. We start off by doing straight portraits of your child to mark their milestone. Then when we have what we need, we put the cake down in front of them. Below are a few tips to helping have a successful photo session.
We have a really cozy space that's really perfect for mom or dad, baby and me. If you would like to bring someone else, let me know. We know how much baby loves grandma, but we want them to pay attention to me! If you are having a birthday party, that's the time to show these photos off. Bringing family to the shoot takes the can take the big reveal out of it.
Fact: Not all babies love cake, I know- right?!
- be prepared that baby will not want to be near the cake. It's OKAY! I am confident we will get some shots of the baby enjoying just being photographed! Some babies are actually afraid of the cake. It makes sense, new place, lots of people staring at them, and you want them to eat a cake, that normally you'd take from them. What's not to be frightened by!
- be prepared for a mess! Some babies love cake, Those are the best, but they are also the messiest!!
- be ready to pry the cake from the baby. Some babies really love the cake and will just keep eating. To avoid stomach aches and sick babies, we rely on the parents to pull the cake when they feel they have enough. Its always a good thing to double check with me before pulling the cake. When you think they've had enough, then most of the time I'm all set to be done. I'll keep taking images until you pull the camera from me.
Cake smashes are a great way to really document a babies milestone. They don't always go as planned. That's okay! If babies is sick, or cranky, we recommend not forcing the shoot and just rescheduling. We also recommend you bring only one other person to the shoot, spouse, mom or friend. Having too many people can cause the baby to want to be with those people. We want this to be a positive experience for all involved.
TIPS FOR TYPE OF CAKE TO PURCHASE
It would be amazing to have this super fancy cake for the cake smash. My advice? Keep it simple. When you go to a professional baker they use fondant frosting. Fondant frosting is really hard for kids to break through on a cake. Also, it's not really yummy to eat. Keep the cake to soft frosting, and whip creams. I have found over the years, that really sugary and butter cakes, don't go over well with kids. What does go over well are the whipped cream cakes. They are easy to smash, and make the mess for fun photos. Also, try and keep the cake to just a cake. No cute prop on top. Kids tend to get distracted easily and if they find a toy on top, it's a deal breaker.
First Birthday gifts that parents love are a photoshoot so we do sell gift certificates. We are also happy to come set up a pop up studio in your house. We travel to Reading, Lynnfield, North Reading, Andover, North Andover