The Cake Smash Preparation Guide

 My Top Tips for a Successful Cake Smash Session


The Cake Smash Preparation Guide

 My Top Tips for a Successful Cake Smash Session



A Cake Smash is such fun!!
BUT there a few prep tips to make sure it all goes well.

Any questions?

What to Bring checklist:

1– Some wipes and a spare towel

2– A spare change of clothes for yourself (it can get very messy!)

3– The outfit your child will be wearing for the cake smash

4– Small snacks for your little one to eat in case he/she isn’t into the cake. Preferably ones that are similar colours to the cake so they blend in

5– Body wash if they have sensitive skin (for bathing them after the cake smash).I have body wash and bubbles but if you prefer them to use a particular brand please let me know before the session.

6– A sippy cup/drink for your baby to wash down the cake.

Have a “trial run” cake smash at home with cake.

 Get your baby used to the feeling of frosting between their fingers, and familiar with the taste of sugar!

Choosing the Time

If your baby still has a morning nap I am happy to work around that.

We don't want a tired, cranky baby.

It is crucial to make this session amazing that your child is happy and rested.

The weeks before......

Try your best not to schedule any doctor’s appointments for shots or have your baby’s ears pierced within two weeks before the shoot.
Stranger anxiety really sets in at this age and your baby may end up being scared of me during the session.


What to expect.....

I will take a few family shots prior to the session if you want these. They will just be simple indoor studio shots so you have a memory of you all on the day especially siblings.

I will take some pictures of your child in their outfit before bringing the cake in so that we can capture some images of them in their full outfit.

Once I introduce the cake, most parents will assume their child will just get straight into it, however this is often not the case.

 I let your baby set the pace, some littles ones will dig right in and destroy the cake, and others need a little bit of encouragement and help to get into their cake. 

Be ready to get your hands dirty and help your baby get past all that frosting to the cake underneath! I will ask you to dig right in and help show your baby what to do if necessary. It will get messy!!!

I suggest to all my clients to practice with their little one at home with smashing up a cake and making a mess.

It is really important as some little ones do freak out if they have never done this sort of thing before.

Not every child wants to dive right in and make a mess no matter what tricks we try.

It’s important to know that even if they don’t completely smash their cake, I am still able to catch fun images of them poking at it or carefully picking bits of icing or decorations.

Sometimes we may need to strategically place a little icing to help things along, or other times mum or dad may have to get involved by smashing up the cake for them. It’s also a good idea to bring along a favourite toy and some snacks in case your little one needs some encouragement.


Watch out for allergy

Offering your child a cake during their session that has ingredients they have never had before isn’t a great idea. It’s something to keep in mind. So please make sure that you little one has had cake and icing before the Cake Smash.

Choice of Bath

After the shoot we have some fun in the bath. This has to be outside on my verandah because it gets very wet and very messy if baby loves to splash!! (I love splash photos)

Your choice

Either my vintage style bath or you can choose my enamel one. Both are equally cute and it is totally your choice.