Cake Smash Session | 1st Birthday Pictures | Dublin Ohio Photographer
I love 1st Birthday and cake smash sessions! They are so much fun! A 1st birthday session always starts with portraits of the birthday boy or girl in an outfit of mom’s choosing. These sessions can take place outside or at my in-home studio in Dublin, Ohio. Parents are welcome to bring any decor to match the theme or color scheme they have chosen. Many moms decide to bring a banner that will be used at the birthday party. If requested, I can also provide decorations for the session. I also provide props such as stools, chairs, or crates for the baby to sit on/in.
When a cake smash session is selected, I provide the cake from a professional bakery in the area for an extra fee. The cake is designed with the theme/color scheme in mind. Often times, mom decides to change the baby into a different outfit for this portion of the photo session. While baby is being changed, I take a few photos of the cake and decor on its own before it is completely destroyed.
Then the fun begins. I have the parents sit the child down right behind the cake and then we wait, watch, and photograph whatever the child decides to do next. If a child happens to not be very interested in the delicious cake sitting right in front of them, a parent can help by offering the child a bit of the icing or cake to taste. Typically, the child realizes how yummy and sweet it is and will no longer need assistance at this point. There is however the possibility that the baby does not like to get dirty or simply has had enough. When this is the case, some parents choose to dirty the baby up a bit with icing on the nose and hands. I always leave it up to the parents to decide when their child has had enough sugar or when there child has just had enough of the session. Every session I do is always baby led and I never force a child to do anything he or she is not comfortable with.