1st Birthday Cake Smash Pictures | Columbus Ohio Baby Photographer

This Little Monster Turns One

We have been doing a lot of cake smashing around here lately.

This little guy’s mom (who also happens to be one of my best friends) chose a monster themed 1st birthday party and decided to stick with that theme for his cake smash session. She provided the birthday banner and I custom ordered the cake to match her theme and color choice.

Contact me today to book your child’s custom 1st birthday cake smash session.

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To see more sessions like this one, visit the Joyful Moments Photography 1st Birthday cake smash portrait gallery.


1st Birthday Cake Smash Session | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Cake smash sessions are always a treat

I love cake smash photo sessions! They are always such a blast! You just never know what each baby is going to do. Some babies start by simply observing the cake, while others dig right in. There are the dip-one-finger-in-the-icing babies and then there are the grab-a-huge-handful-and-smash-it-all-over-my-face-babies.

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Not every baby LOVES the cake

The majority of the little ones I have photographed enjoy their cake. However, there have been a few who had a melt down the second the icing touched them. I like to ask parents ahead of time if their child has ever had cake before. If the answer is no, I suggest they introduce it to the baby before the session. I have found that children who have experienced the same level of sweetness previously, tend to do much better during the session than the babies who have never had a sugary treat. Of course, I always leave it up to mom and dad.

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Session theme

When a parent emails me to set up a cake smash session, I always ask what theme or color scheme they have in mind. Most parents choose to incorporate the same theme that they are planning for the party. This works out really. They typically bring the decorations they have already purchased for the party.

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The cake

In most cases, I provide the cake (for a nominal fee). That way, parents don’t have to worry about the cake on the day of the session. No trying to juggle it along with the baby and everything else. If however, the parents wish to bring their own cake to the session, that is o.k. with me too. While most babies don’t have any problems with cake, a child’s safety is ALWAYS my #1 priority during a session. If a parent has any concern AT ALL that their baby might have a reaction to a certain ingredient in the cake (i.e. gluten, dairy, etc.) I always suggest they provide an “allergy free” cake.

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Featured session: Serenity Turns One

For this session, Serenity’s mom chose a winter ONE-derland theme to match her 1st birthday party. The colors she selected were pink, white, and silver. So, I asked my cake lady to make a two-layered, pink smash cake with white snowflakes and a glittery “1” topper. It matched the theme and color scheme perfectly and mom LOVED it. I also purchased some silver glitter snowflakes to add to the backdrop, and a few fake snowballs to incorporate the winter theme. Serenity enjoyed eating her cake, and I enjoyed sharing this special milestone with such a wonderful family.

If you would like to book a cake smash session or are looking for a photographer to capture a milestone for your little one, contact us today!

Please visit our 1st birthday cake smash portrait gallery to see more sessions like Serenity’s.

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1st Birthday Cake Smash Session | Columbus Ohio Photographer

1st Birthday Pictures| Cake Smash Session | Columbus Ohio Photographer

I started photographing this little guy when he was around 4 months old and just starting to hold his head up during tummy time. I was blessed to photograph him again at one of my spring mini sessions when he was around 6 months old and sitting up on his own. It was such a joy to see this happy little boy again for his 1st birthday cake smash session. His cake smash session took place at my in-home studio in Galloway, Ohio.

*Decorations and cake provided by mom & dad.

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1st Birthday Pictures | Galloway Ohio Photographer

Cake Smash Session | 1st Birthday Pictures | Galloway Ohio Photographer

This session was so much fun! Harper dug right into her cake and didn’t want to stop eating. This sweet girl’s 1st birthday cake smash session took place at my Galloway, Ohio in-home studio. I had the privilege of photographing Harper’s parents for their maternity session and then did her newborn, 3 month, 6 month, and 1st birthday pictures. I loved watching her grow!

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1st Birthday Pictures | Dublin Ohio Photographer

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.

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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.

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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.

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