What is a Cake Smash Session?

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What is a Cake Smash Session?

What is a cake smash session you ask? Well, it is a milestone photoshoot that typically occurs when the child turns one year old where they are presented with a cake to eat or smash or both or none if we’re being honest. Cake smash sessions are a fun way to celebrate the milestone of your little baby turning one. Babies at the age of one are bursting with curiosity and exploration. Most things they encounter on a daily basis are new to them. New toys to play with, new food to eat, new environments to explore, new people to meet. This session is a great way to capture that curiosity along with the expression that comes along with it. The cake itself is often new to babies at this age which lends itself to the perfect set up to capture that curiosity, exploration and delight (or disgust). 

As with any of my sessions, you have the option to have the cake smash session inside or outside with a themed backdrop set up (more on that later). With either, the session with be child led. By that I mean that we will go at your kiddos pace. Cake smash sessions are about capturing personality and letting your child do that through play. Now that you have a better understanding of what a cake smash session actually is, let’s take a  look into what a cake smash session is with me in particular.




When you book a cake smash session with me the first thing that will do is get on the phone to discuss your vision for the shoot. Do you have a theme in mind? Do you have inspiration pictures saved on Pinterest? Are there certain shots you absolutely want to try to get? We will discuss all of these questions and more. This will ensure we are both on the same page for the day of the cake smash session.


After we have landed on the theme and I have a full understanding of your vision I will put together the rest. My studio is stocked with props that I will use to make your vision come to life. If there are specific props that you want to bring, please do! I will have the backdrop set up when you arrive and we can make any adjustments with any additional props or accessories you bring along.  

Trying to decide what your little one will wear for a cake smash session can be challenging. My studio wardrobe is at your complete disposal. Any outfit that I have you are welcome to select for your child’s session. I often suggest that when we meet for our initial consultation session for parents to browse through my studio wardrobe. That way they can get a sense of the options and know ahead of time whether they want to buy or use their own outfit or select one from my wardrobe. Since this is a cake smash session and it often gets messy, some parents opt for the diaper only look or diaper plus accessories. 


I will provide the cake for your child cake smash session. I have a bakery that I use for all of my sessions to get a fresh cake for each session. On that initial consultation phone call that I mentioned before we will also discuss whether your child has any specific allergies. That way we can ensure that your child is safe during the session!


After the cake smash portion of the session is complete your child will possibly be a mess. To help with cleanup, the next part of the session will include a bath. I have a little tub that we will put your child in to get them cleaned up and grab some more great personality photos while they get their bath. We can make this a simple bubble bath or we can add some flowers or fruit to make it a little extra special.




Naps or bedtime should always be top-of-mind when scheduling a cake smash session. The idea of these sessions are to capture your child’s personality so we want to make sure that they are well rested. If your child is on a schedule and naps every day at a certain time of day, I will work around that schedule. If your child is not on a schedule but tends to be the happiest during certain portions of the day, let’s be sure to schedule the session during that time. 


I always recommend that you feed your child before they come to a session so they are not starving and fussy, however with cake smash sessions sometimes it can be beneficial if your child is slightly hungry. Still feed them of course, but if they are still a bit hungry when they get to the shoot, they may be more likely to dig into the cake. If they’ve just eaten a full meal, they may not be as interested in eating more when they see the cake.


If you are worried that your child may be shy about digging right into the cake, have your baby’s favorite snack on hand. Puffs, Cheerios, yogurt bites, crackers, etc. whatever is their “ always makes them happy” snack, bring those along. We can hide those little snacks in the icing or part of the cake to encourage them to really dig into that cake.

Need some inspiration for your child’s cake smash session? Here are some of my favorites!


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