26 Nov 2015 | 5 min Read
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Cake Smash Photography is fast catching up as the next big thing for ringing in baby’s first birthday. As an American tradition, cake smash photo sessions are becoming increasingly popular in India. Soon-to-be, one-year-olds have introduced the cake and their interactions with the cake, and the fine details of the mess done during the ‘smashing’ are captured to make memorable keepsakes. I have been doing these cake smash sessions for a while, and from my experiences, here are a few quick tips to make your baby cake smash session successful and enjoyable for the baby and you! But first, let’s know more about cake smash and how people celebrate it a new way these days, so hang on till the end!
A cake smash is a picture session where a one-year-old gets dirty with a cake as a professional photographer records the scene. Then there’s usually a bubble bath, which is typically captured on video for posterity during the cake smash photoshoot.
When an infant gets dirty, especially during a grand celebration, enjoying a new pleasure is one of the cutest things you’ll ever see. Why not take advantage of the fact that your kid will likely receive more icing on her face than in her mouth? Birthday cake smash allows babies to be filthy on purpose, destroying a birthday cake while a professional photographer photographs the occasion.
Whether you hire a professional photographer for the baby cake smash or intend to do it yourself at home, planning is the key. Start planning for the session at least a month in advance. Discuss your preferences with your photographer if you would like an indoor studio set up or outdoors and decide a theme accordingly. The baby cake smash outfit, cake and decor should be coherent for best results. Customisation and personalisation of costumes and decor take time as well. For baby girls, tutu dresses or frilly rompers look great, while petite man jeans or coordinating tie, cap & diaper cover sets can be used for cuteness overload for baby boys. Also, plan for the cleanup post the messy business. Carry an extra change of clothes for the baby & you.
Cake and the baby are the main subjects in a baby cake smash session, so choosing the right cake greatly improves the quality of pictures. Smash cakes are generally softer than regular cakes and are made in light cream. Opt for a cream cake in a single colour with essential decorations in line with your theme. Avoid red and chocolate, though. Multi-coloured sprinkles on classic white icing is another tried & tested variant that works excellent with babies. Identify one of your tastes and book well in advance. Keep the setup minimal to have your little one in focus!
Make sure you take pictures of the baby-less cake and cake-less baby at the beginning of the session!
To make your cake smash experience more personal, you may consider including props with your baby’s details like a milestone chalkboard, letters or name banner that can be reused for the birthday party or adorn the nursery wall in your home after the shoot. Carry a few of your baby’s favourite items or toys to get the best of giggles and chuckles! This also helps your baby take it easy at the shoot.
Choose a time of the day for the shoot when the baby is most active. Make sure the baby is well-rested and fed before the shoot. It is also essential that the baby explores the place a bit before the cake comes. Allow them to play for some time have fun so that your baby is comfortable. At a joyous moment, get the cake.
A cake smash picture of a smiling baby with a dirty mouth and limbs or face planted in the cake is not always an assurance. Some babies get petrified with the cream and cry through the session. So keep your cool and let the baby relax! Opt for family photos with a smiling baby first!
People have differing perspectives on whether a cake smash is too cute, a sticky disaster, or somewhere in between, as with practically anything else in parenting. The first birthday of your child is a moment to rejoice in the family you’ve formed over the last year. A baby cake smash could be the perfect approach to depict this happy stage of parenthood if your philosophy is to appreciate the beauty in everyday turmoil.
Hope you find these tips helpful. Happy clicking!
All images in this post are copyrighted by photographer Anamika Singh -The Memory Keeper.
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