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. 

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.

If you have decided to do a studio cake smash, the address is 1485 Riverbluff Drive. Hastings MN. If you have chosen an outdoor session, I can make some recommendations of beautiful parks in the area.

Your session includes a simple smash cake.  If you would like to upgrade to a deluxe/themed cake, there will be an additional charge. You can always choose to provide your own cake as well!

*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 bring LOTS of wipes and a towel for easier cleanup.


  • 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 for the car ride home.

Look for a sneak preview on my social media pages within 24 hours!  Within a week or 2 of your session, I will have your private online proofing gallery ready for selecting for your 15 favorite images. You can also choose to purchase additional images through your gallery if you wish. Once your selections are made, you will be added to my editing queue and I will artistically hand edit those images. When the editing is complete, you will be able to download your final images and print them as you wish!

I’m looking forward to our time together! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any last minute questions or concerns.


Warm regards,

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