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"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

— Oprah Winfrey

How exciting is it that your little baby's birthday is quickly approaching! This is an amazing milestone that definitely deserves to be photographed and remembered

for a lifetime and more. Our Cake Smash Sessions are the perfect opportunity to allow your little one their time to shine. With a custom theme and preferred color scheme to highlight your child's current interests, your Cake Smash experience will be exactly how you want to remember this magical time.

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When should I schedule my session?

This can be a time-sensitive session experience depending on a few factors. If you're needing any photos for your little one's big birthday celebration, you definitely need to schedule with enough time for your session to be captured, edited, choose your favorites, and have products delivered. That can be a total of 3 to 4 weeks depending on when you schedule and product delivery.

Another factor to consider, availability. If you've waited until the last minute to book, your desired date might not be open. Have these time requirements in mind when considering your booking date and make sure to book well enough in advance to ensure availability.

However, if neither of these are pressing, we can schedule your birthday milestone session at a time most convenient for you.

Styles & Themes

I know this is an important aspect to consider, so I'm going to be as thorough as possible.

Cake Smash sessions are a ton of fun and just like any other session, require a consultation to ensure we're capturing a style & theme you love. To do this, I send out a questionnaire after booking to find out what you're hoping to achieve with your cake smash session. I'll ask if there's a specific style you love or a color scheme you want to feature. All of our birthday & milestone sessions feature a custom setup. Each child is different and deserves their own special birthday celebration. We'll go over color preferences, theme ideas, and overall style. All of the details can be discussed during your consultation to answer any questions you might have.

How it works

Once you've booked and your session date is here, you'll arrive at our studio and we'll begin immediately. We'll photograph your little one solo to begin with, then we'll introduce the cake (or alternate food item) for baby to "smash". Sometimes, the birthday child isn't much of a fan, so we'll capture as many images as possible while they're still tolerating me. :)

After this portion of your session, you have the option to include a "splash" pose, another outfit, or family pose. This is decided during your questionnaire period prior to your session date.

Once we're finished, baby can be cleaned up and you will be able to head home and wait for your gallery to be ready!

Cake Smash Session FAQ

Can I include a food item other than cake?

A.Definitely! We love to capture alternate food themes during birthday sessions. During your consultation, we'll discuss your preferences and decide on the particulars then. Some fun alternate food themes to consider: sweet potatoes, tacos, spaghetti, pizza
Really any food your child might have a special fondness for or, due to dietary restrictions you want to include instead of cake. Feel free to get creative!

About how long are milestone sessions?

A.Due to the fact that milestone sessions involve very small children, we want to plan for a fast-moving session experience. This means we'll have everything ready to go when you arrive so we can start immediately. We usually aim to be done within an hour once we officially begin.

My child has dietary restrictions/allergies, what should I do?

A.This is actually more common than many believe and can be easily handled with careful instructions and a few tweaks. During your consultation, we'll ask if your child has any food allergies or concerns. This will establish the need for an alternate food item and what you prefer to use instead of cake. Any clients with allergies will provide their own food for safety reasons. This ensures your little one is taken care of with no concerns regarding ingredients.

Your Cake Smash Session & What To Expect

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First Birthday Outfit

Each Cake Smash Session begins with your child's First Birthday photos. We'll have already decided on your session's theme, set-up, and outfit prior to your session date and everything will be completely prepared when you arrive at our studio. The first portion of your Cake Smash Session always starts with your chosen first birthday outfit on your child's custom-designed set.

During this portion of the birthday baby's session we'll aim to photograph Baby's precious personality & various expressions. This allows each client a few images of this milestone birthday without introducing any cake yet.

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Cake Smashing Fun

After we've captured First Birthday poses, we'll change outfits, pull out their custom cake, and begin the actual cake-smashing portion of your child's Cake Smash Session. All clients receive some tips & tricks beforehand that we can employ to help Baby enjoy their cake. However, no matter what mood your little one is in, this is the perfect opportunity to capture your child's personality to its fullest. Most kiddos will tolerate their cake to capture some adorable images of your Baby's first birthday cake.

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Splash Time

Last, but definitely not least, comes what will probably be your Baby's favorite part of their session: Splash Time! This is where we introduce a small tub (we have a couple of different options depending on theme, but it's usually our cute clawfoot tub) and let your little one have the most fun splashing around. The vast majority of our littles LOVE splash time and we're able to capture some genuine smiles.

Once Splash Time is complete, we get Baby dressed in their going-home outfit and you are good to go!

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