THE CAKE: Several great bakeries or grocery stores can make you a "Smash Cake.” If you need recommendations, please don’t hesitate to ask! Please note that I do not provide the cake for your session in case of any allergies, but I do have cake stands and other props for use in your session.
Fondant is a choking hazard. Please ask for cakes with soft buttercream icing, they smash better too! Your cake should be 6-8 inches in diameter. Please choose plain white cake. Chocolate and red velvet cake do not look appetizing when smashed all over a toddler. The same rule applies to icing. Avoid red icing, chocolate icing, or even colors that make brown when mixed together. Light, pastel colored icing colors with texture like rosettes photograph best. Please no dark colors unless it's in small amounts like trims or polka dots. Your smash cake should coordinate with the smash outfit and theme.
Your cake smash session includes 2 set-ups allowing you to bring two outfits total. A cute first birthday outfit, and the cake smash “attire." 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 attire. As soon as you are booked, we will talk about what outfits you would like to bring and what backdrops/themes would work best. Onesies, t-shirts, and other "play clothes" do not photograph well and instead I recommend specialty items like overalls, rompers, tutus, diaper covers or pants with suspenders. Bloomers with designs on the bottom are hard to photograph as your child will be facing forward or sitting down.
Please note that anything your child wears for their Cake Smash will be covered in icing by the end of their session and dark icing and sprinkles can leave stains.
We will keep any props you want to incorporate simple and classic. Simplicity and timelessness are often key as large flashy items and outfits can over power your little one. When you look back on these memories, you will want the focus to be on your little one and not the large props that may one day be out of style.
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