What exactly is a cake smash session, you might ask? It’s an event that takes place when the child is one year old. During the session, they receive cakes to eat or smash, or both, or none if we’re sincere. Cake smashing sessions are an enjoyable method to mark the moment of your infant turning one. Baby’s at one are full of curiosity and wonder. Everything they see in their daily lives are completely new to them. Play with new toys and new foods to eat and new places to visit and new people to meet. This is a fantastic opportunity to capture that excitement as well as the joy that it brings. It is usually the first thing babies see at this stage, which makes it the ideal setting to capture the excitement, curiosity and joy (or displeasure).
As with all of my sessions, you’ll have the option of having your cake smash outdoors or inside with a theme backdrop (more on this later). In either case, the session will be led by a child. That means that we’ll move according to the pace of your child. The cake smash session is all about capturing your child’s personality while letting them express it through playing. With an understanding of what a”cake smash” session really is, let’s have a look at what a smashing session looks like with me specifically.
What’s the cake that is included during a smashing session?
If you are interested in booking an event with me, the first step is call me to discuss the idea to shoot. Have you got a concept you are thinking of? Do you have any inspiration images that you have saved on Pinterest? Are there specific shots you’d like to obtain? We will talk about these issues and more. This will make sure that we’re all on the same page to be able to plan the cake smashing session.
Backgrounds with props, costumes, and background
Once we’ve settled on the subject and I have an complete understanding of your idea, I’ll create the remainder. My studio is filled with props I’ll employ to make your dream come to reality. If you have props you’d like to bring, let me know! I’ll have the backdrop ready at the time you arrive, and we will make any necessary adjustments using any other accessories or props you bring.
The decision of what to wear your child should wear to the cake smashing party isn’t easy. My wardrobe for studio use is yours to use. Whatever outfit I have, is yours to choose for your child’s photo session. I usually suggest that when we meet for our first meeting, parents look through my studio’s wardrobe. This way, they will gain an understanding of what they have to choose from and decide beforehand if they would like to purchase or wear their own clothes or choose one from my closet. Because this is a cake-bombing session and often messier, some families go for a diaper-only look or the diaper and accessories.
I will bake the cake to your child for their cake smash. My bakery is one I utilize for all my sessions. I will provide fresh cakes for each session. In the initial consultation call I mentioned earlier, we’ll discuss whether your child is suffering from any specific allergies. This way, we can be sure that your child’s safety throughout the session!
After the cake smash part of the event is over, your child could end up being messy. For cleanup assistance the next phase of the program will be taking a bath. I have a small tub that we’ll take your child to clean them up and take some great pictures of their personalities while they take their bath. You can create an easy bubble bath, or we can add fruits or flowers to make it more memorable.
What are the best tips for an event with a cake?
Schedule your cake smash session keeping naps in mind
The time for bedtime or napping must be considered when planning an event for a cake smash. The purpose of these events is to showcase the personality of your child, so it is important to ensure that they’re and well rested. If your child follows schedule and takes naps each throughout the day at a particular time I’ll follow that schedule. If your child’s not following a set schedule, but seems to be most joyful at certain times in the daytime, make sure that you set the time for the session at this time.
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Let them get a bit hungry
I recommend feeding your children prior to when you go to a session to ensure they’re not hungry and cranky. However, when it comes to cake smashing sessions, it’s beneficial to know in the event that your child is hungry. You should still feed them, of course but if they’re still hungry by the time they reach the event, they might be more likely to delve in the cakes. If they’ve eaten an entire meal then they might not be so keen to eat more after seeing the cake.
Bring their most loved snack
If you’re concerned that your child might be shy about digging in the cakes, make sure you have your child’s favorite snacks in the pantry. Puffs, cheerios, yogurt bites, crackers, etc. Whatever ” always smile” snacks, they can bring them along. You can put those small snacks in the icing , or even a portion of the cake to get them to dig in to the cake.