Have you ever wondered how photographers are able to make literal magic happen with their cameras, or capture those moments that you never even knew were happening? Well read on to hear all about my view behind the lens. I hope you find these articles helpful when planning your next shoot, too!
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As a newborn and child photographer with over 8 years experience, one of the best experiences in the career is watching your newborn clients grow in front of your lens. I had such an opportunity when Elayne – one of my 2022 newborns – returned for her cake smash photos celebrating her first birthday.
This sassy little girl was just as sweet as the cake she dove into, and so much fun to capture! Elayne brought her mom Hannah and big sister Nora to her cake smash photos with her! Mom requested a lemon theme for her cake smash, harking back to her newborn photos. I think it tied them together perfectly!
Cake smash sessions have become a popular way to celebrate baby’s first birthday. They involve setting up a fun photo shoot where the child gets to eat cake with their hands, creating adorable moments.
The concept behind a cake smash session is to capture the child’s joy and curiosity as they explore the cake. It’s a chance to document their first encounter with cake and the messiness that comes along with it. These sessions often result in candid and genuine expressions, showcasing the child’s personality and delight.
Cake smashes are not only a fun experience for the child but also memorable for the parents. It’s a way to celebrate their child’s first birthday in a creative way, creating lasting memories that can be cherished forever. The photographs from these sessions serve as a beautiful reminder of the child’s early years.
For Elayne’s lemon-themed session, simplicity was the name of the game. We wanted Elayne’s bright personality to be the center of attention, with accents of lemon slices and greenery on a neutral background. To make things easier later, we started with some photos of Elayne all by herself before giving her an entire cake to smash – making sure to capture all of her sweet little features and details! Thankfully Elayne was in a fantastic mood and gave us so many adorable smiles!
After a few “before” photos, it was time to present Elayne with the cake! Mom said the cake was carefully made by a family member, and it turned out so adorable! It matched the lemon theme perfectly, and boy did it smell delicious too! Elayne wasted exactly zero time before diving in and eating frosting by the handfuls! Based on the photos, I’d say she enjoyed it!
After her cake was sufficiently smashed and she had eaten herself into a sugar rush, it was time for clean up! I love making clean up just a tad easier on parents by offering a bath time set – a tub of warm water for baby to splash in and wash some cake off! These photos add variety to the finished gallery, give the parents some time to gather clean clothes and a fresh diaper and give more adorable smiles! They’re easily a favorite for parents and kiddos alike.
Worried about where to hang photos from your bath time set? No problem! These make fantastic artwork for your hallway or bathroom!
Cake smash bookings for Fall 2023 season are filling fast, so be sure to schedule soon! Let’s celebrate baby’s first year with custom, unforgettable portraits.
Photos by Ashleigh is a professional newborn and child photography studio located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I serve clients in Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, Yukon, Mustang, Edmond and surrounding cities.