Basic Cake Smash Prep Guide | Victoria Griest Photography | Massillon, Ohio Portrait Photographer

Basic cake smash sessions are a fabulous way to showcase your babies first birthday without all of the excessive props. Basic set-ups are done on a solid backdrop and include minimal props such as balloons garland, banners or paper poms.

Cake smash sessions are split into four segments: - Family Portraits - Birthday Portraits - Cake Smash

- Bubble/Milk Bath

We'll begin the session with family, sibling and birthday portraits. Your welcome to bring an outfit from home for this portion of the photos or you can use an outfit provided by the studio. The family photos will be done on a solid backdrop however I have several props and backdrops available for birthday portraits. If there is something specific you'd like, please send me examples! :)

After portraits, I'll bring out the cake and your baby can begin smashing. I always do my best to try and get at least one photo of your baby and the cake before it's destroyed but some babies are more eager to eat than others! If your cake has a topper, dowels or anything non-editable, it will be removed after they begin smashing to avoid any choking hazard. Once your baby has enjoyed their cake, I'll put the cake back into it's original box and you're welcome to throw it away or take it home.

Once the cake is removed from the set, I'll bring out the white claw foot tub for your baby to play and splash in. These area always parents favorite photos as babies love to giggle and splash. Your baby can go commando, in a diaper or I have swim diapers available. The set can get slippery with icing and water so I always encourage babies to sit in the tub. Once your baby is done splashing, I'll have towels available for drying off.

What to bring:

- Snacks your baby loves. just incase your baby doesn't dig right into the cake, we can put some snacks on the back or top of the cake to encourage them to eat

- Sippy cup to help wash down the cake

- 1-2 Outfits from home for family and birthday portraits if desired

Scheduling: I highly recommend scheduling the session for babies happiest time of day (typically within the first 30-60 minutes after nap time).

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