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It is extremely important that you prepare to get that great final image. We compiled a list of things you can do to prepare. 

One week prior to your headshot session:

What to Expect

These sessions last about 45-75 minutes.  To start,  I capture the personality of your little one alone. We begin by taking pictures of your little one in their cake smash outfit before introducing the cake.  Once we bring in the cake, the photo session takes approximately 15 minutes.  We let your baby set the pace, as some little ones dig right in and  others need a little bit of help.  Be ready to get your hands sticky as you help your little one get past all that frosting to the cake underneath!

Choosing your Cake

Select a small cake or large cupcake, approximately 6-8 inches around. I am happy to recommend some local bakers. Make sure that there are no fondant, gum paste or pearls on the cake as those can be choking hazards for the baby. Small sprinkles are okay.

**When ordering the cake, please mention to the baker it is for a Cake Smash session so they do not add any support inside the cake. (Sticks, toothpicks, etc.) When baby begins to smash the cake, they can get hurt by this.**


Be sure the colors of the cake matches the theme of the session. 

Remove the cake from the refrigerator 2-3 hours before the session to allow the frosting to come to room temperature before the session.

Baby's Outfit

Choose the theme or color of your little one’s cake smash first, and then you can choose the outfit.  Etsy is a great place for buying custom made outfits that will make the session even more memorable. Please be sure to order the outfit with plenty of time.

Things to Bring

  • Cake 

  • Cake Smash Outfit

  • 1 additional outfit for Baby as backup

  • Change of clothes for parents, just in case you get cake on you

  • Diapers & wipes

  • Sippy cup to help wash down the cake or milk

  • Wooden spoon used to destroy the cake if baby doesn't want to get hands dirty.

  • Snacks (think puffs) in case they don’t like the cake. They can be hidden behind the cake to make it look like your little one is actually eating cake. 

  • A favorite toy

Preparing for your Child's Cake Smash

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