Top tips for your cake smash!
So, you’re thinking of booking or have already booked your cake smash session. Now you’re wondering what are the top tips for your cake smash session. Let me help you with some of my personally recommended tips!
1. Do a trial run in your own home
Make sure to plan out time in the lead up to your cake smash photography session to test out a mini cake smash at home. You can use a cupcake or a cake if you wish!
The idea behind doing this is to get your little one used to the messiness. It’s not every day they get to destroy and munch on a sweet cake, so the experience might be a little overwhelming for them. A cake smash session is very much a sensory activity, so let them get used to the feeling of cake between their fingers.
2. Don’t forget a towel!
It is likely that your child will be covered in cake and icing from head to toe. Therefore, it is pretty important to bring a towel along to your photo shoot. A towel is super handy when it comes to the clean-up operation at the end of your session. It is also advised that you bring along wipes and or a face cloth. These are perfect for quickly cleaning up messy faces in between photos.
3. Bring extra clothes
There’s no doubt about it, cake smash sessions are messy! You’re going to get cake on your clothes and quite possibly in your hair. Prepare yourself for this. Bring yourself a change of clothing in case you need to have a quick change at the end of your session.
4. Plan two outfits
I always take a few portraits at the start of your session before the cake comes out. You are welcome to get a few family photos at this point too! These portraits help ease your baby into the session.
The first outfit your little one will wear won’t get cake on it, so plan a cute outfit before things get messy!
The second outfit is for the cake smash. A few ideas are: a baby-grow/romper, shorts and braces, jeans or a tutu.
5. Bring a sippy cup
A cake smash session is thirsty work! Bring along a little drink for your child incase they need it.
6. Get some rest
It goes without saying that little ones thrive after a good nap. Make sure your child is well rested before attending their cake smash session. If you’re child has a nap at a certain time of the day, don’t book your session in at that time (if you already have don’t worry, just get in touch with me to see about changing your time). A nap really helps to get them ready for their closeup!
7. Bring an extra bag
Your child’s clothes are more than likely going to have cake smashed into them. It’s a great idea to bring along an extra bag to store the messy clothes in!
8. The cake
For safety and risk of allergies I ask my clients to bring their own cake. You know your own child better than anyone so this way eliminates any risk.
Make sure that you bring a soft sponge cake with buttercream icing or whipped cream. Please keep your cake at room temperature prior to your session to avoid hard buttercream.
Avoid fondant icing as it is too hard for little hands to break through. Also stay away from chocolate cake. As tasty as it is, it doesn’t always look the best in photos.
When thinking of the design of your cake you can go as simple of as creative as you like. Either way, make sure it ties in with the theme or colour of your session.
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