Cake Smash | Session Guide

How to prepare for your child’s Cake Smash Session:
Cake Smashes are so much fun to do and such a great way to celebrate a birthday. There is nothing more fun than seeing your child smash up and eat lots of yummy cake. 

What you need to know before hand:
Cake Smashes can take place either in my small home studio based in Hemel Hempstead, in your own home or out on location (if the weather is on our side of course!) Please let me know beforehand where you would like your Cake Smash to be. It’s obvious that a Cake Smash will get messy, but I always would advise parents/guardians to ensure they wear clothes that they don’t mind getting messy themselves. Children often want Mummy or Daddy to be sitting near them, or give them a nice messy hug during the shoot. Please bare this in mind when you book in a Cake Smash. I would also advise if you come to my studio to bring a spare change of clothes for your little one, the last thing you want is for a cake covered car! Please bring baby wipes for your little one, you may go through a lot of these! 

What to expect during the session: 
The Cake Smash is no more than an hour long and depending on the photos you’d like, I usually break the session down into two sections. We can either start with some nice portraits before all of the mess, making your child comfortable with the surroundings. I always have balloons out which children love to throw around. After taking some nice portraits of your little one, we bring the Cake out and that’s where all the fun takes place! 

Some little ones go straight in, eat the cake, smash the cake, kick the cake and sometimes even sit on the cake. Some little ones may need some encouragement and some help digging into the cake. Please be prepared for getting your fingers mucky and helping your child get stuck in! I have wooden spoons and spatula for them to whack the cake with and help them eat the icing off it. 

What to put your little ones in:
My style is very relaxed, natural and soft. My home studio is very white, so I would always suggest to put your little ones in soft colours (whites, light greys, pale pinks/blues) and not to put them in anything with any harsh patterns/colours. There is lots of lovely Cake Smash outfits online (Amazon, Etsy and eBay). I would always suggest bringing an extra outfit to pop them in afterwards. 

The Cake:
When it comes to thinking about the Cake for your Cake Smash, there are a few ways for you too choose from. I am happy to provide the Cake for you, which will be beautifully made by professional, local bakers. Allergies and intolerances are extremely important to me, so please ensure you let me know if your child has any of these when asking me to supply your Cake Smash Cake. If you would like me to supply your Cake Smash cake, you must let me know no later then 2 weeks in advance to ensure I can secure your cake with a baker.

You are also welcome to provide your own yummy cake for your Cake Smash. When thinking about buying a cake for your Cake Smash, you need to ensure there is lots of buttercream/frosting as this makes the most mess! I have a Cake Stand for the cake to go on but this usually stays on the stand for approx 3 seconds before your little one knocks it off! 

What to bring on the day: 

  • The Cake, if you are providing (obviously, haha!)

  • Extra Outfit to change in after the Cake Smash

  • Baby Wipes

  • Snacks/Drinks

  • Any toys you may feel they would want, please remember these could get covered in Cake!

I look forward to each and everyone Cake Smash as they are all such a different experience and the main aim is for your little one to fully enjoy themselves! You’re also welcome to play your little one's favourite music during the session time, as this tends to help get them moving and bopping about. I am always available to contact if you have any questions at all, just drop me an email at abbiewyattphotography@hotmail.com or message me on Facebook via Abbie Wyatt Photography.