Long ago, an ingenious individual combined the words "cake" and "smash" to create a charming tradition for a child's first birthday. This tradition, known as the cake smash, has become my absolute favorite way to conclude a significant birthday photography session.
Either in studio or outside, it's the best way to celebrate!
how to prepare for YOUR cake smash SESSION
What kind of SMASH CAKE should i buy?
Due to the increasing prevalence of food allergies such as dairy, wheat, and sugar, I always advise my clients to bring their own cake. This way, you have complete control over what ingredients are used in the cake. I highly recommend purchasing a smash cake from a professional bakery, as homemade cakes often turn out dry with hard icing. A "naked cake" with white icing is an excellent choice for any theme, as it is simple and has soft icing.
For size, a 6-inch cake with 2-3 tiers is perfect. Anything larger may not fit on a cake stand or between your baby's legs. Additionally, ensure that the cardboard base is not significantly larger than the cake itself, with a difference of no more than an inch or so.
Fondant is beautiful, but it can be hard to chew and pose a choking hazard, so be extra cautious if your cake has any decorative details such as toothpicks or wooden dowels.
LET’S SPLASH AFTER THE SMASH!
t’s true, a lot of babies aren’t a fan of the cake. But, not to jinx anything, I am at about a 90% success rate with the bathtub. Getting greasy icing all in your toes may not be fun, but everyone loves to splash!
My best advice to any mom or dad planning a cake smash session is to remain calm and relaxed. Infants can detect tension, and we want them to feel comfortable in a happy, optimistic atmosphere! It is typical to have plenty of extravagant ideas for your session after browsing Pinterest, but remember that the baby is in charge. Some one-year-olds adore immersing themselves in icing, while others dislike getting dirty. They may even dislike the taste if it is their first time having something sweet like cake. This is completely normal, and every infant is unique! If we do not achieve the response you were hoping for, do not be discouraged. We will still capture lovely photos that document this significant milestone and reveal your baby's personality.
We often come across customers who confuse the terms "headshots" and "personal branding" photography when looking to hire a professional photographer for promotional self-portraits. While this mistake is understandable, we want to clarify the difference between the two and provide some tips on how to choose the right photographer for your needs.
A headshot typically shows only the head and shoulders of the subject, as the name suggests. However, it's not uncommon for clients to request headshots only to realize during the photoshoot that they actually wanted ¾ length or full-length body shots.
The second critical difference between headshots and personal branding photos is how formal the subject appears. Headshots usually have the subject staring straight into the camera with a standard pose, while personal branding photos let the subject get creative - looking away, interacting with props, or even doing a happy dance. And let's not forget about the poses: personal branding shoots capture more natural and casual poses compared to headshots.
Now, when it comes to the background, headshots are usually shot in-studio against plain white, grey, or black backgrounds to put the focus solely on the subject. On the other hand, personal branding sessions focus more on the environment and require on-location shoots to capture the essence of the subject's brand.
So, which one do you need? Consider what you'll use the photos for. Typically, headshots are perfect for social media profiles and website bios since they work well with small thumbnails. Personal branding sessions are more elaborate and produce numerous photos, ideal for banner images, advertising, and business cards. If you're a coach, mentor, consultant, or real estate agent and rely heavily on your personal brand, opt for a personal branding session to showcase your brand's diversity. No one wants to see the same photo plastered across every page of your website and social media. Plus, photographers usually include a traditional headshot within personal branding sessions.
kids and animals
We were so lucky with one of the best days of the early spring this year. I was watching the weather anxiously, hoping and praying for no rain. And guess what? We had a great day! Our spring mini photo sessions were sandwiched right in between days of rain.
Feeding the goats
While momma goat kept a close eye on her 3 babies, she was lovingly fed by our clients and they enjoyed visiting with her and her kids. Which led to a groaner of a joke about kids and kids!
And the four ducklings enjoyed being snuggled and cuddled. They were a week old at this point, and enjoyed their time outside in the sun, although I'm sure they would have enjoyed the rain too!
And, of course, we loved to capture the kids at play with some great candid photos.
It was such a fun day with everyone. Spring photo sessions are one of my favourite mini photography sessions to do.
The ducks are now happily swimming in our pond and are 4 times the size they were here. The goats have gone back to their owner.
See you next year!
Cathy & Jenn of CatsMac Photography, Cobourg, Ontario.