Your baby is about to turn one and it’s time to celebrate! What better way than to let them stuff their face with a delicious little treat. It’s your birthday and you can smash a cake if you want to! If you have already booked your Belly to Birthday journey, you’re in luck because a cake/dessert is included!
The family session before the cake smash
Cake smash sessions are a great way to commemorate the past year of your family’s life. When booking your cake smash, you have more options to choose from than you may initially think. When planning a cake smash/birthday shoot, you have the choice of whether you would like to do it in your family home or at an outside location, or a little of both- there is no right or wrong, it’s all up to your personal taste! Cake smashes don’t even have to be done with cake, you can choose any snack or dessert your little one desires. If they have any particular food they are obsessed with at this stage- we can use that as inspiration as well.
Including a cake smash portion into your one-year-old/family session always proves to be a great & memorable choice. If you choose to go this route, we would start off the session with some group family photos and then branch off into individuals of the baby with each parent, and siblings or pets if there are any. In the mix of capturing group and individual photos, I’ll also be photographing the birthday baby all on their own- whether it be one of their giggling fits, them playing with their toys, or even walking around exploring their surroundings. Once I feel like the family portion is complete or we start to lose the baby’s interest, we’ll finish the session with the cutest part of the day- the dessert smash (Sugar ’em up!)
Yes- we can smash cake just about anywhere! Do you want a cute at-home session or maybe outside, somewhere close by? Both options make for great photos and memories. Cake smash sessions that take place in your family home would primarily be focused in the baby’s nursery, your living room, and the kitchen. Home sessions make it a bit easier to include any fur babies you may have, especially if you don’t feel comfortable enough to have them be a part of any family sessions that take place outside. Your pets are a major part of your family and have a special bond with your child- it’s important having them be a part of the milestones! Using your home as a backdrop shows off what your day-to-day life looks like, and even gives your baby a chance to show off some of their favorite toys and belongings. Kitchen cake smashes always end up with incredibly cute results (and having it done in the kitchen makes the cleanup a bit easier).
Having an outdoor cake smash gives you a bit more freedom in terms of where you would like your session to take place (especially if you aren’t in the mood to prep your house). Some popular options I see families gravitate towards are local parks/playgrounds they frequent or somewhere significant to them like where they once did their maternity shoot or wedding photos.
Traditionally, 1st birthday celebrations include cake but it doesn’t have to be cake! As we celebrate their entry into solid foods, you can really choose any dessert or snack that your baby loves as well as accommodate any dietary needs. To make it easy and hassle-free for you I have a working relationship with some local bakeries that can help me supply you with your choice of cake or vegan donuts/cupcakes, which can be purchased a la carte if you do choose to go the traditional cake route. The regular cake will be a vanilla frosted vanilla cake, but you have the option of choosing which accent color to add to your cake for the piping and “1” on the side. However, not every baby likes or can have cake/dessert on their birthday and that’s okay! I’ve also had the chance to meet some little ones who prefer a different snack- like broccoli and hummus or spaghetti. We’re flexible and we like to try to cater to what the birthday baby wants and loves! If your cake smash/birthday session was booked through the Belly to Birthday Package-then you’re in luck! One of the perks to purchasing a Belly to Birthday Package is that it comes with a complimentary cake/dessert for your one-year/cake smash session. If you booked your cake smash session outside of Belly to Birthday- you have two options to choose from. If you would like, you could purchase a cake, vegan donuts, or vegan cupcakes a la carte from me or you could supply a cake/dessert on your own- the choice is yours! (Either way, I will bring a cake stand and some paper towels:))