Recently, a couple of parents contacted me requesting a cake smash asking if I can do teal blue color with stars or pink with red hearts, etc. Sorry, if you’re new to this photography trend, a cake smash session is basically a way of celebrating a child’s first birthday in a staged setting where the baby is presented with a cake for good pictures.
Now there is nothing wrong in doing a cake smash but our choices are so much driven by social media these days that we tend to forget the real beauty of this very special milestone in child’s life. Don’t believe me, try to google cake smash session and see your screen turn blue, pink, orange, red, and then props everywhere! Where is the baby????
The point is simple, cake smash sessions are meant to show off your baby, not the props. There is no limit to creativity when it comes to celebrating a one year baby. If the idea of custom session or theme session excites you then don’t go overboard with your props choices, keep it minimal. At the end of the day, props are used only to enhance the look of the session and not to take the focus away from the baby. Let baby and cake be the stars of the session and don’t clutter by adding banners, balloons, letters, etc.
Please give me all those adorable squishy babies popping up on your Facebook feed & Pinterest board and I would do my best to make them the star of the session! Again I really love doing a cake smash session but adding too many props is not my style. My first birthday sessions are not restricted to cake smashes only, I do paint smash, milk bath, and I also love to create scenes or unique characters for parents who want to make their baby’s birthday extra special!
I was lucky to have Ayaan in my studio for the Superman cake smash and really honored when his mum and dad decided to go with my idea of keeping things simple! He didn’t seem interested in the cake for some reason but loved playing with m&m button-shaped candies that we’ve kept behind the cake to entice him.
I intentionally set the tone of background to monochromatic minimal so that the little superman can pop out in the scene!
I couldn’t be happier that everything turned out so well except for the cake smash part! But doesn’t matter because his priceless expressions will make for a good story!