A Whimsical Cake Smash Session Based on Beloved Children’s Book

I’ll eat you up I love you so!  I am so in love with this Where the Wild Things Are cake smash!  Who doesn’t love the classic children’s book, ‘Where The Wild Things Are’?  This story has transcended generations and seems to be more popular than ever.  Parents and children alike love the story of Max, who sails off to have an amazing adventure and becomes the “King of all the Wild Things.”  Then, after his wild rompus, he returns home to a hot supper and a good night.

I must admit, sometimes the perfect client comes along at the perfect time and your visions align perfectly.  I have been wanting to do a Where The Wild Ones Are cake smash for some time now.  When Mason’s mommy reached out to inquire about a cake smash session – and, that she wanted to do a Where the Wild Things Are cake smash – I nearly jumped out of my seat with excitement.  As we worked together on the props and details, I knew that this session would be very special.

Where the Wild Things are Cake Smash themed photo session; picture of setup including banners, balloons, signs, and cake, against Mocha colored seamless background paper

Cake Smash Props for Where the Wild Things Are Theme

For this Where the Wild Things Are cake smash, I set up my Savage seamless background paper in the color Mocha.  I love using seamless paper for cake smash photo sessions because I can easily cut off the bottom piece of paper that gets smeared with the cake.  This makes the setup and cleanup quick and easy.  Then I strung three different banners along the backdrop.  First, a pennant banner made with burlap flags.  Then a black, white and gold rag banner with a black number 1 in the middle.  Finally, a chip-board banner that spelled out A WILD ONE, with little gold crowns between the words.  I also set up balloons in black, gold, and white.

The finishing touch was three wooden signs that Mason’s very talented mommy made just for this session.  They each had a quote from the book, and were pained with black, white and gold colors to match the rest of the props.  The first quote said, “They made him King of all the Wild Things.”  She said that she loved this quote because her little boy was a little bit wild sometimes, haha.  I think most moms of boys could relate with that.  The next sign said “I’ll eat you up I love you so.”  I think every mom can agree with this one as well!  The final quote said, “Inside all of us is Hope, Fear, and Adventure.  Inside all of us is a Wild Thing.”  I love this sentiment, and I think it’s perfectly true for all of us.

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Finally for the cake stand, I used a round slab of wood to set the cake on top of.  The cake was simple and small, with white frosting.  It was topped with a black cursive ONE with a little gold crown on top.  It coordinated perfectly with the entire set and theme.

closeup of cake on top of a round wooden slab for a where the wild things are cake smash

Where the Wild Things Are Cake Smash Photos

Before bringing out the cake, we set the birthday boy down on the cake smash set to get a few clean pictures.  His wore jeans with a white shirt and suspenders.  He also had on a gold crown with faux fur.  He looked just like the king of all the wild things!  We got some adorable pictures of him looking at the props and smiling at the camera.

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Next it was time for cake!  For these photos, he wore some khaki shorts with his crown.  He took one taste of his cake and his little eyes lit up.  You could tell that he thought it was delicious!  He proceeded to quickly take more and more tastes of cake in rapid succession.  After a few minutes, he decided that he was done, and he crawled off the set.  We tried sitting him back down by his cake, but he did not want anymore.  Babies always seem to know when they’ve had enough.  I always like taking a picture of the demolished cake at the end.  He didn’t end up making too much of a mess, but it was still cute nonetheless.

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About the Photographer

Yvonne Leon Photography is an NJ Cake Smash Photographer with a portrait studio in Randolph, NJ.  She specializes in photographing newborns and babies, including cake smash photo sessions. Contact Yvonne to inquire about session information and availability.

NJ Newborn Photographer specializing in Newborn, Baby and Family Portraiture

973.332.6687 | info@YvonneLeonPhotography.com

By Appointment Only | Located in Randolph, New Jersey