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Custom Cake Smash Photography for Baby's First Birthday

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.


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, we will customize a set that is perfect for your baby.

xo, Yvonne


What is a cake smash?

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 fun 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 may need a little bit of encouragement to get going. No matter what they do, we capture adorable photos of it all!

Hot Air Balloon cake smash photo session for a baby girl! Pink, sweet, and cute!


What's included in the Cake Smash session

You will get multiple setups included in your cake smash photo session. The first setup is to capture some clean, classic portraits of your baby. We use a neutral-colored backdrop and a few simple props for them to sit on. Choose an outfit from my adorable collection of baby outfits for them to wear, or bring your favorite outfit from home. Best of all, we can include some family pictures during setup as well! It's the perfect time to get an updated family photo with your growing baby.


The second setup is the smash set. This gets a little more colorful and festive! I typically provide a backdrop and custom banner as well as a cute little cake stand. If your theme is more involved, you are welcome to bring additional decorations from home or have us do a custom style. I do ask parents to bring their own cake due to food allergies, as well as the smash outfit, which will end up covered in frosting. Don't worry, I'll provide tips on choosing the perfect cake, ideas on what baby should wear, and setup themes and ideas during our pre-session planning.



Cake Smash Photography FAQ's

How far in advance should I book my Cake Smash session?

Your baby's first birthday will sneak up on you before you know it! I recommend to lock in a date and start planning it as early as possible. My calendar books out months in advance, and most families want the photos done and ready to share on their baby's first birthday. Please contact me when your baby is anywhere from 7-10 months for best availability and planning.


For the first setup, parents can choose an outfit from my baby wardrobe collection. I have an adorable selection of unique and handmade outfits for boys and girls that generally fit babies in size ranges 6-18 months. For the second setup, I ask parents to provide the smash outfit. This can simply be a diaper cover, onesie, pants, or a tutu skirt for girls. Boys look extra adorable in suspenders and a bowtie! We can discuss outfit ideas 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, these can make excellent props. We will discuss ideas during the planning consultation. But don't worry, you don't need to bring anything extra if you would like us to cover the basics.

How do we clean baby after the cake smash?

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 frosting on your clothes too! Don't worry about the mess that gets left behind, I will take care of that.

Where does my photo session take place?

All baby photo sessions take place at my portrait studio located in Randolph, NJ. We are easy to find on Google Maps.

What does a Cake Smash Session Cost?

There is a $250 retainer fee due at booking to hold your date and cover the time and talent of the studio. This covers the planning and design of your session, complete with props and styling, as well as the actual session itself. It also includes a virtual ordering appointment to view and choose the images after your session. Images are sold separately.

What can I order after my session?

You decide how many images to bundle into your package; the more you order, the more you save! Start with 8 or more favorite images and choose from matted prints or upgrade to a handcrafted hardcover album. Most families choose one of our artwork products after seeing the beautiful selection of professional prints, albums, wall art, and other photo gift items.

Will I get Digital Files?

Absolutely! Every image that you order will come with the edited, high resolution digital file and print release. Images are delivered via a private online gallery download.


Booking your Cake Smash Portraits

Booking a session with me is simple. The retainer fee is due at signing to secure a date and covers the studio's time and talent toward creating your portrait experience. After booking you'll receive our welcome guide and we'll talk about your styling preferences to plan out your perfect session. After the shoot you'll get to view and choose your images and build a package that suits your family the best. Art and files are sold separately.

Planning and Design Consultation

Props and Styling by Studio

Baby Wardrobe Selection

Custom Portrait Session for Baby + Family

Ordering Appointment

Art and Files sold Separately



get in touch

Just fill out the form below and I'll check availability and send you some more information to get started. I can't wait to learn about your baby's first birthday!

xo, Yvonne

Specializing in Newborn Photography, Baby Photos, and Cake Smash Photography. Contemporary Portraits for Maternity and Family. Based in Morris County, New Jersey.