A child’s first birthday is such a special milestone, and many parents choose to celebrate it with a cake smash photo session. This playful tradition involves giving the birthday baby their very own cake and letting them go wild, smashing it, eating it, and generally having a great time. Here are some ideas for making your child’s cake smash photo session a success.

1. Plan ahead. Contact your photographer a few months before your child’s first birthday, so that you have time to order a cake, plan the session, and print any photos you want to display at the party. Be sure to communicate your vision for the session with your photographer and discuss any props or outfits you’d like to use.

2. Choose the right cake. A cake that is too hard or too crumbly may not be very fun for your child to smash. Opt for a soft, moist cake with a simple frosting that won’t stain your child’s skin or clothes. You can also choose a cake that fits with your child’s party theme, or use a smash cake topper that spells out their age or name. We love coordinating cakes for you and having them ready for baby when you arrive to session!

3. Dress for the occasion. We provide an amazing selection of themed and casual 6-12 month outfits! Including lots of party hats, bloomers and suspender bow tie sets.

4. Let your child lead the way. Some children will dive right into their cake, while others may need a little encouragement. Let your child explore the cake at their own pace, and don’t worry if they don’t smash it to pieces. The goal is to capture their joy and curiosity, not to create a picture-perfect mess.

5. Document the moment. We will be sure to capture plenty of photos and videos of your child’s cake smash, from the first tentative taste to the final frosting-covered grin. You can use these photos to create a personalized birthday invitation, or display them at the party as a fun and memorable decoration.

A cake smash photo session is a fun and unique way to celebrate your child’s first birthday, and create lasting memories that you’ll treasure for years to come. With a little planning and preparation, you can make the session a success and capture the joy and wonder of this special milestone.

Emerson Grace Photography studio is based in Franklin, KY and service Bowling Green, KY and Nashville, TN area clients. I specialize in photographing newborn, babies, toddlers, 1 year cake smashes, families and maternity. If you are expecting in 2023, please contact me today about your scheduling your Maternity, Newborn or Milestone package. Now booking August to December due dates.