Cake Smash Prep Guide

Cake Smash Photo Sessions have to be one of my favorites!  They are the most fun session to be part of.  Babies love to explore, and this is the perfect way to celebrate their first birthday in style. Please review the tips below to ensure we get the most from our time together!

Please be sure to have your child rested before our session.  Rested babies are happy babies. If your baby’s nap schedule has changed since booking the session, please reach out so we can change the time for photos.

I love a good theme, but it’s best to keep it minimal. For me as an artist, it is more important to see your baby, rather than the decorations. A small banner or garland works perfectly. If there is a theme you prefer, please let me know in advance, so I can do what I can to accommodate.  

We will start with formal photos, saving cake smash for last, so please plan outfits accordingly.  Cake smash outfits should be something that can possibly get stained.

Outdoor cake smashes are brilliant!  But sometimes the season or the weather doesn’t allow for it.  The best place in your house is usually the dining room or kitchen, or wherever there is a 10′ x 10′ space (furniture can be moved out of the way) and hard floors, not carpet, work best.  I will bring something that can get messy so you don’t have to worry about the floor cleanup.

Your session includes a mini smash cake.  Please make sure to discuss your preferences with me no later than 5 days before your session so I can order with the bakery.

*It is a good idea to introduce cake to your baby in the days before your session to he/she can get familiar with it.

Giving a cake to a baby does create a mess. Please make sure to have LOTS of wipes/towels on hand for easier cleanup.


  • A large spoon or utensil in case baby needs help digging into the cake.
  • A small toy to distract baby and keep them still for the photos before the cake arrives.
  • WIPES – LOTS of wipes!
  • Your baby’s favorite snack (such as puffs or cheerios) in case we need to stuff them into the cake to get your baby’s interest.
  • A change of clothes  (if not doing the session at your home)

Check my Facebook page within 24 hours for a sneak peek!  Within a week of your session, I will have your proofs ready for selecting in your own private online viewing gallery. Once your selections are made, I will artistically hand edit those images. When your gallery is complete (usually within a week of making your selections), you will be able to download your final images and print them as you wish!

Looking forward to our time together!


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