Evelyn's Cake Smash
I genuinely could not have asked for a more beautiful or darling baby for my first cake smash session! Evelyn wasn't sure what to do with her cake at first, but once her daddy helped her taste the frosting she dug in with a vengeance! She finished off by crawling through her cake, and successfully getting it all over her tutu and body. 😂😂 But these images are well worth the mess, if I do say so myself!
If you're interested in booking a cake smash session for your little one's birthday, here are some tips for making it a smashing success (see what I did there?! )
How to Prepare for a Cake Smash
If you're a mama, here are some tips on how to prepare for your baby's cake smash:
- Make sure your baby is rested. Try to choose a time when they've just napped or are generally happy, so they aren't cranky and begging to be put down for a nap.
- Make sure your baby is fed. In the same vein as the rest tip, make sure your baby has nursed or had a meal before the session. It won't ruin their appetite for cake, but it will keep them happy in the lead-up to the cake smash itself.
- Buy a blanket just for the cake smash. Believe me, frosting dye is basically impossible to remove. Do yourself a favor and just buy a cheap throw blanket (thrifting it would be even better!) to use for the photos.
- Share inspo pics with your photographer. Every photographer has a different style, so if you're wanting a very particular look make sure you share a Pinterest board or some inspo pics with your photographer to make sure it is in line with their style/setup. Lots of natural light photographers don't work in a studio, and vise versa. So don't take it for granted that a photographer you've found on Instagram can do exactly what you're envisioning.
- Ask what props your photographer has. Lots of photographers have props for cake smashes, but you can't assume they'll have the exact ones you'll want to use in order to bring your vision to life. This is another reason why showing your photographer your inspo photos really helps!
- Bring wet rags or wipes. Once the session is finished you're going to need to get your little one cleaned up before they get back in their car seat. Bring wet wash cloths in a Ziplock baggie, or just a trusty ol' package of wet wipes. Note: frosting is very greasy, so if you can manage to bring soap as well that would be even better!
- Be prepared for messes and lots of laughs. A cake smash is, by it's very nature, messy. But it's so much more than that, too! It's funny, adorable, sweet (both literally and figuratively), and a whole lot of fun. Embrace the mess and make memories!
I hope you found these tips helpful in preparing for your own baby's cake smash session! If you'd like to know when more of these kinds of blog posts go live, please follow me on Instagram @ohlmanphotography.