A Cake Smash photo shoot celebrates the first birthday in a super fun and yummy way. Enjoy this special day in your little one’s life and let them eat cake!
I can’t believe my little princess is 15 months. Before she turned ONE, we decided that we would skip the birthday bash and have a photoshoot instead. We decided to have a family photo shoot and a cake smash instead of a first birthday party because IMHO first birthdays are more for the adults than babies.
You would think it would be MUCH easier, but a cake smash takes a ton of planning.
Here are a few tips that helped when we planned and executed the “perfect” birthday shoot:
Pick a theme. Pinterest is amazing to get ideas but can get overwhelming. Try and start with an idea and then use Pinterest to further your vision. If you don’t have a theme at the very least choose a simple colour combination so you can have continuity between the cake, outfit, and decorations).
Once I had that down I booked our photographer. Try and do this early because they can get extremely busy. I used the same photographer (@francinebphotography) that I did for my fresh 48 (a photoshoot 48 hours after birth). She was so amazing with Eliza and made me feel so beautiful.
Research a bakery (or try out recipes if you are making your own cake).
Decide and purchase an outfit (make sure you ask your photographer if they provide outfits because this might help you skip this step)
Etsy is a great place to find one-of-a-kind outfits. We got her Tutu headband from HandyMandyGirl and a custom onesie from MiniPixiesCanada. Don’t forget to photograph any special details about the outfit.
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The cake is obviously a large part of the cake smash photo session. It could be something homemade; store bought or even a custom cake from a bakery. Search @pinterest for ideas and make sure you take pictures of what you to show the bakery (if you go that route) I find that people want to make you happy, and a picture is a great way for them to understand what you’re looking for. I ended up choosing a “TuTu” cake from Le Dolci that fit my vision perfectly!
You don’t have to use a professional if you’re confident in your photography skills. Set up a spot with good natural light, a sheet as a background and begin shooting away. Hopefully, the delicious cake will keep your wiggly one-year-old from walking (or crawling) off and allow you to get some great shots!
If do-it-yourself pictures aren’t your thing, then I’d suggest hiring a photographer that specializes in working with children. As I mentioned, I decided to hire the same photographer we used for Eliza’s newborn pictures. She was so calm and patient with our whole family, it definitely made a difference.
There are a lot of options to decorate for the photoshoot. Balloons, banners, pom poms, streamers. Think about the overall theme you’re going for and go from there. I found a lot of great options on Etsy but ended up asking my photographer, and she got some great items from the dollar store. Again, always ask your photographer what items they can provide because it could save you a lot of time and hassle.
A Cake Smash photo session celebrates the first birthday in a super fun and yummy way. Eliza ended up having her first cold, so that threw an unexpected obstacle into the day I but I learned with kids you just have to go with the flow.
Enjoy this special day in your little one’s life and let them eat cake!
Want to see more pictures of this cutie’s life? Check out #ElizaHaider on Instagram!