Life is made up of everyday special & beautiful moments. We never want to forget the smaller details we love and adore. Victoria Sturdy can help you remember these moments by capturing & creating gorgeous images of your little ones. Her work is creative, imaginative, colourful and timeless.
5 Secrets for Adorable Cake Smash Photos
Its no secret the best part of having a birthday is having a party and eating cake. Seeing a baby covered in cake and sweets make super cute photos.
Cake Smash Photography Session is a huge hit with babies and toddlers! Perfect for first, second and third Birthdays, your little one can not only eat the cake but smash it to bits! A Cake Smash produces brilliant photographs and is fantastically messy fun for all. Why not use the images on your Birthday Party invites?
Cake Smashing offers a unique way of celebrating your little one’s birthday. My cake smashing shoots are lots of fun and very, very messy but once you see the pictures you will be so glad you came!! Cake Smashing pictures are AMAZING!! The Client is fully involved with me, designing the theme, props and costumes. It is a totally unique experience and your photos will not look the same as everyone elses!
1. DO A PRACTICE RUN
You might expect baby will be eager to get messy, but most kids need a little extra coaxing to know what to do. Letting the baby get comfortable and explore on their own takes time. I suggest giving baby a cupcake to practice with before the big day. Having a chance to feel the different textures and see bright colors ahead of time can lead to fewer surprises and a smoother experience when all eyes (and the camera) are on them.
Is there really such a thing as a “wrong cake”? Well, maybe not when it comes to dessert, but for the best mess at a cake smash, go with buttercream or whipped cream frosting over fondant. Soft icing is easier for baby to grasp and squeeze, not to mention eat. Bright colors, sprinkles or a favorite character can also catch baby’s curious eye and make him want to reach out and touch. If that’s not enough, put something on top of or near the cake to gain the child’s attention at first sight. Hiding a favorite, familiar snack behind the cake could encourage baby to dig in. also giving baby a spoon to beat the cake is always popular
The key to a stress-free session is proper preparation. Set up a large area, maybe even on the floor, where baby will be free to move around and make a mess. Of course, make sure it’s a spot that’s easy to clean—professional photographers often tape down large pieces of paper—or simply take it outside. And don’t forget a change of clothes—for both of you. Everyone will get dirty in this eventful experience. Babies love to crawl (to their parents) after they’ve had enough of the cake. To make cleanup even easier, have a gentle cleanser that can pull double duty, like ready to take on the aftermath. The tear-free formula will clear sticky frosting and cake crumbs out of baby’s hair with ease, and leave skin clean without drying it out.
Want to get baby laughing and smiling for the camera? Be prepared to get a little silly. Have someone baby trusts stand nearby to make silly faces or play peekaboo to get baby’s attention. Playing a favorite song from your phone or singing a nursery rhyme helps as well. And in the event of a meltdown, have a comfort item on hand (like a dummy or security blanket) to keep baby calm. If that doesn’t work, food is always a good fallback. I hand them a little snack to gain their confidence and once they trust me enough, they’ll throw in those giggles. Tickling feet works wonders too.
It might take a little while to get baby comfortable in front of the camera, but patience is the most important factor. Be open to the unexpected. It’s not uncommon for children to cry (they are babies after all!), but sometimes those moments make for the most memorable shots. And once baby warms up to the situation, there will be plenty of smiles and laughter. Go in with an open mind and a playful attitude, and baby will follow suit. After all, they only turn one once and making it through that first year is definitely cause for celebration.
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