As a first time mom, I decided it was mandatory that Andrew had a cake smash photo shoot for his birthday. We had a lot of fun and got some great pictures, but there were definitely a few things I wish I had thought about before. Here are some guidelines for how to have a great cake smash photo shoot!
Things you’ll need:
A baby – ideally this will be around a birthday, but actually, you don’t really need a reason to celebrate, eat cake, and take fun pictures. Actually you don’t really need a baby. Just eat the cake.
Cake – I spent a long time researching how to make a very healthy cake and frosting and even more time baking and decorating it. When everything was ready, camera in hand, he wasn’t interested in the cake AT ALL. I’ve read that this happens all the time and have heard some hilarious stories about moms putting baby puffs on the side of the cake or even using BBQ sauce as the frosting! Luckily, baby is a blueberry addict, and we got some great pictures of him devouring the decorative blueberries, even if he didn’t eat any of the cake.
Outfit – There are some SUPER cute cake smash outfits out there, but I opted to have him just in his diaper (I’ll take any opportunity to reduce the laundry load) and a party hat. Once he started eating, he totally forgot the hat was there and stopped grabbing at it. Success!
Blanket, towel, any kind of seat – I chose a picnic blanket that I could easily throw into the wash when I got home. Did I mention that this gets messy?!?
Decorations – Banners/balloons/signs, etc. I found this fun banner at HEMA. DON’T FORGET to bring things to attach your decorations! (I used thumbtacks and tape.)
Camera/photographer – Don’t try to do this by yourself! Odds are you’re going to need some extra hands to try to get baby interested in the cake, stop baby before crawling in the dirt, try to contain the extremely sticky frosting, etc. Location – This can be anywhere from a park, to your living room, or a photography studio. I knew I wanted to go to the l’Orangerie park in Strasbourg, and we chose a spot in front of a big tree so I could hang the banner. We were lucky that it was warm outside and had some lovely sunshine, but definitely have a backup plan in case of bad weather. Think about your cleanup!
Clean up supplies – so many baby wipes and towels! I spent a little while trying to clean him up, but gave up pretty quickly. I just put everything in the bags, put the sticky baby in the car seat in his diaper, and went home, where we both immediately took a shower.
However you decide to do your cake smash, just try to relax and have fun. It’s easy to be worried about how to make this photo shoot PERFECT. With a somewhat mobile baby that occasionally cries, I’ve realized that things don’t always go as planned, and that’s totally FINE!
Thank you to my friend Susan Clark for the great pictures.
I’d love to hear about your cake smash in the comments!