What is a cake smash?
One year olds often don’t know much about cake. And they certainly haven’t been given a whole one to themselves before! So setting up a photo shoot where they are presented with a whole cake to investigate is a popular new way to celebrate a first birthday. The reactions range from surprise to careful investigation of this unknown object – or just finding out how to make a mess, and can be captured as a great set of portraits! Surprisingly, most babies need a bit of encouragement to actually smash the cake, so it’s up to you how much mess you’d like to see!
Some children are so careful they hardly make any mess at all, but they certainly like to find out what is inside! I love to photographically capture the story of the cake exploration in a set of pictures like this.
I also do cake smashes outdoors for a natural look, great for a summer birthday.
How Does it Work?
I usually include a cake smash in a family photo session so we have pictures of the whole family at this milestone event before a messy cake smash to celebrate a one year birthday. Parents provide the cake and any decorations which means you to make their baby’s photography unique and include their own special touches. Cake can be the real thing or perhaps a more healthy version for baby, but some nice soft icing is great for encouraging exploration, and remember to make sure decorations are either safe to eat or quickly removed after the picture!
You can see more recent cake smashes on the blog, and here are some of my favourite one year old celebrations: