so much Fun to be one
because their first birthday only happens once
There is no better way to celebrate your baby's first birthday than with custom cake smash pictures. These sessions provide parents with a wonderful keepsake of their baby's first taste of cake. And they are so much fun! You'll want to capture images of your baby at this sweet and fleeting moment in time - there is no other birthday quite like their first.
My cake smash photo sessions take place at my Randolph portrait studio and include classic and beautiful setups and styling options. From colorful backdrops to personalized banners and other decorations, I customize a set that is perfect for your baby. Contact me today to learn more. I can't wait to celebrate your baby's first birthday with you.
A "cake smash" is the name give to a popular trend in portrait photography where babies are photographed with their birthday cake. These sessions are typically scheduled just before their first birthday. It's a wonderful way to commemorate this big milestone! Its called a cake smash because babies are allowed - in fact, encouraged - to smash their cake! Sometimes they get really into it, and cake ends up everywhere. Other times, babies aren't very interested in their cake, at least not at first. They may play with it instead of eating it. They may need a little bit of encouragement to get going. No matter what they do, we capture adorable portraits of it all.
I like to provide parents with multiple setups for a cake smash photo session. You will get a variety of images in different outfits and backdrops. The first setup is a neutral-colored backdrop. This is to capture some clean, classic portraits of your baby. I have some simple props for them to sit on or pull themselves up on, and adorable outfits they can wear.
The second setup is the smash set. This will include the birthday props we discussed during the pre-session planning. I typically provide a banner and balloons, as well the cake stand. Then we will bring out the cake and let baby go at it!
The smash set can be decorated in your choice of color scheme. If you don’t have an idea in mind, I can help to develop something you will love. If your theme is more involved, you are welcome to bring any additional decorations you like! I do ask parents to bring their own cake, due to food allergies, as well as the smash outfit. I can supply recommended bakeries and tips for finding the perfect cake.
For the first setup, parents can choose an outfit from my studio wardrobe collection. I have an adorable selection of unique and handmade outfits for boys and girls that fit babies in size ranges 6-18 months. For the second setup, I do ask parents to provide the smash outfit. This can simply be a diaper cover, onesie, pants or shorts, or a tutu skirt for girls. Boys look extra adorable in suspenders and a bowtie! We can discuss outfit ideas and recommendations during our pre-session planning.
You can if you like! If you are ordering a custom banner or other decorations to use at your baby's birthday party and would like to incorporate them into your cake smash pictures, they make excellent props. We can discuss this during the pre-session planning. But don't worry, you don't need to bring anything other than your baby and the cake, I supply the rest!
I provide towels, wipes, washcloths and have a shower and bathtub available if you need it. You should bring a clean going-home outfit for baby, as well as an extra outfit for yourself in case you get some frosting on your clothes too! Don't worry about the mess that gets left behind, I will take care of that.
Ready for some cake smashing fun? Just fill out the form below to get started. Every session begins with a conversation, because I believe that great images start with a great relationship. I'll get in touch with you to learn more about you and your baby and what you are planning for their first birthday. I cannot wait.
Yvonne Leon Photography is a contemporary portrait artist specializing in studio portraiture for Newborns, Babies and Families. She offers custom designed albums and home galleries. The studio is based in Randolph, New Jersey.