While we can't predict how each baby will be during their cake smash (some love and others not so much), following the tips in this guide will give us the best chance at a happy, successful cake smash!
Let them get familiar with the texture of the frosting. You can let them play with a bowl of whipped cream 2-3 times before the cake smash, or put them on the floor with a cupcake and let them have at it! This will help a ton
Timing is everything! Try to get your child to take a good nap before the cake smash. However, do not let them sleep until the minute you walk into the studio. They are usually super cranky and when in a new place can be timid. Make sure they’re awake 20-30 minutes at least before the session. If your session is before nap time, we should start 90 minutes before time.
Make sure they have been fed, but not full. This is tricky but try your best to give them food, a hungry baby is a CRANKY baby! Give them some milk and a regular lunch but maybe a tad less then they usually eat. It’s OK if they don’t devour the whole cake, we just need them to eat a little!
Bring your baby’s favorite food, or at least some puffs or Cheerios. If they don’t want anything to do with the cake, we’ll stick some food they love in the back of the cake, or on the cake stand to get some interaction.
Try to RELAX during the session. If you are nervous the baby will pick up on that. Just sit back, and enjoy watching your little one play. I want the camera to look at the camera so I will interact with them and ask you to help out when needed!
If doing pre-cake portraits (either just baby or family), please arrive in that outfit ready to go!
Bring extra clothes for you as well as for your baby! There’s a good chance you’ll also be covered in frosting. I have wipes, paper towels, washcloths and bath towels to help clean up baby, but you can bring anything else to help with that.