1. don’t assume they will dive right in

Most parents (myself included) hope that their little one will dive in and make a mess of the cake. That's the ultimate goal of a "Cake Smash" right? But that doesn’t always happen and that’s okay. 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 turn their cake into a gooey pile of crumbs, I am still able to catch fun images of them poking at it or daintily picking of bits of icing or decorations. Sometimes we may need to strategically place a little icing to help things along, or other times mom or dad may have to get involved in the pictures themselves. It’s also a good idea to bring along a favorite toy or some snacks in case your little one needs some encouraging.

2. cake rehearsal is a must!

If you are determined to have your one year old smash their cake... make sure the cake smash session is NOT the first time they taste the sugary deliciousness of birthday cake! I recommend a couple "cake rehearsals" in the weeks leading up to your session. Believe it or not, many babies think the texture of the frosting feels weird. Some don't like it at all and get upset when it doesn't easily wipes off. So, grab a cake pop on your next trip to Starbucks or snag a cupcake at the bakery counter next time you're grocery shopping. Just get them used to the taste so they're more likely to want to dig in when it's sitting right in front of them.

3. timing is everything

At the ripe ol' age of ONE, these tiny humans have good and not so great times of day and that’s where SIMPLY ONE studio sessions are a dream come true! Studio sessions are great for working around nap and meal times. Make sure you schedule your baby's cake smash session around their schedule.

4. leave the entourage at home

Baby’s get distracted easily as it is so if we limit distractions we’ll get the most out of baby!

5. keep it simple

A trend with cake smashes is to have balloons, banners, cute outfits, an extravagantly decorated cake and props galore. As you can tell by my work, that's not my jam. My preference is to keep the backdrop simple (I obviously love white) so the focus remains on your little star.

Through your Cake Smash Questionnaire, I gain insight on the theme or outfit you've chosen for your birthday dude or dude-ette's photos. I then share that information with my cake artist who then custom designs a darling 6" naked cake with details that compliment your theme/outfit selection.

My focus will be on your sweet one year old and their budding personality. I am not a big user of large props, I prefer to let your baby take center stage and only add in a couple key items for a few shots. However, I am always more than happy to incorporate props and decorations that are meaningful to you or your baby or that are small and coordinate with your theme.