Cathy’s Clicks, Cathy Gerth Photography
Cake Smash Session Information
*Please keep in mind that less props & set-ups will be used during this session. There are two outfit changes: A cute first birthday outfit, and the cake smash “attire”. The first few shots we get will be portraits of your baby dressed in a cute outfit for a couple traditional first birthday portraits. Then take a few minutes to change your baby into their cake smash “attire”.
*Most babies simply wear a diaper cover (like bloomers), a tutu or cloth diaper for the cake smash. A diaper or other color or pattern-coordinating cloth or designer diaper is fine. Some parents prefer to do the cake smash with the baby fully clothed instead of in a diaper, and this is totally fine with me. Just be aware that the icing coloring may ruin the clothes and diaper cover. Parent is responsible for bringing outfit(s). Please make sure you bring a change of clothing for baby for the ride home.
*Let your baby have cake at least 2 times in the weeks leading up to the cake smash session. This way they will be familiar with cake enough to move past the exploration phase and they can get excited about it like the rest of us! Feeding them cake ahead of time also helps determine if your baby has any allergies or sensitivity from the cake and/or icing coloring, such as; wheat, egg, or refined sugar. Believe it or not, many babies think the texture of the icing feels weird. Some babies don’t like it at all and get upset when it won’t easily wipe off, and some babies are very interested in it and examine it very seriously.
*Parent is responsible for ordering and picking up the cake. The trend is to go large, but we don’t need a three-layer cake, a medium cake gets the same results. Please avoid ordering chocolate cake and please avoid fondant decorations, this can pose a chocking hazard, as well as avoiding the colors of red and blue. Go with whipped or butter cream frosting; it’s easy to dig into. Sprinkles, absolutely, if you can get them on the cake without having to modify your design.
*A cake stand can be used but remember it might fall over and ruin the cake and might tip over on baby. Another idea would be to use a decorative plate.
*If you prefer to provide a home-baked cake yourself instead of from the bakery, please make sure that no toothpicks or other structural items are placed inside the cake. Also for home-baked cakes, please avoid lining the base plate with tin foil.
*I use a white seamless paper backdrop using a crafty banner to add a hint of color following the “less is more” philosophy… simple/clean/uncluttered look. Balloons can be used only in the background on the floor behind baby due to the shadows and color casting. Other background colors may be available but it takes several weeks to receive a new background order so the sooner I know the better chance you’ll have of getting the background color you want.
*If your baby has a fever or is not feeling well on the day of the session, then it needs to be rescheduled. We will not get good results and good smiles if your baby isn’t feeling well. Just put the cake into the freezer for safekeeping. Take it out of the freezer with enough time to let it thaw prior to the next session.
*Have some puffs, Cheerios or your baby’s favorite dry finger food on hand to stuff into the cake in case they need help being a little more interested in it.
*Bring a sippy cup that baby is familiar with in case your baby gets thirsty. Your baby will need a little break.
*Bring a small plastic toy (that can easily be cleaned), this may be used when baby has their back facing the camera. Your baby will need a reason to sit still, and introducing a toy will help keep their attention for enough time to get some cute shots.
*We move quickly for a Cake Smash Session to capture the images before your child loses interest.
Thank you for taking the time to read my Cake Smash Session Information. Please contact me in regards to any questions or clarifications that you may have.
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