PREPARING FOR YOUR BABY’s Smash & SPlASH SESSION
(aka cake smash or first birthday session)
PARENTS PLEASE READ AND ADHERE TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES
Planning should start ‘no less than 2 weeks in advance’ to ensure you and I can acquire all the coordinating clothes, cake, props, etc.
Please ARRIVE ON TIME at 10:00 am sharp! 30 minutes or more late will be cancelled. I usually have other tasks or sessions in the afternoon so late arrivals will not have time extended beyond the session end time.
Cake Smash Sessions last about 2 hours in the studio (10am-12noon). There is a 20 minutes each for the dressy photos, smash photos, and bath photos, with a short break in between each for changing/cleanup. Then there is an additional 1 hour allowed for reviewing and choosing your photos immediately after the session is over. Note: The bath is completely optional, but if you decide against it, please remember bring a change of clothes, a washcloth, and plenty of wipes to clean all the cake from your baby’s body. It will likely get very messy with cake all over both your child and you! :-)
* As a reminder, balance payment for your package is due 1 day before your session. Payment for any additional items ordered at the review appointment such as albums, mini books, canvases, and prints are due the same day of the order. Please be sure to check your portal’s ‘links section’ for the full price guide ahead of time to have a general idea of what you may want to order. Albums are our most popular item.
PHOTOGRAPHER WILL PROVIDE:
Helium Balloons or balloon garland
Cake and cake stand.
I provide the cake from my baker and the style can be any design similar to one of the following styles as shown below: Drip ganache cake, Giant Cupcake, Rosette Design, Watercolor Design, Naked Cake, or Ombre Smooth Cake. I’ll need you to let me know which style of cake 2 weeks in advance of the session. More CAKE IDEAS
If your child has food allergies, parents ‘must’ supply the cake, no exceptions. Guidelines are as follows: Vanilla cake only (no chocolate, red velvet, etc). Icing must be buttercream (fondant is too hard and whipped will melt). Icing must not contain dark pink, red, or blue as these will stain my studio floor props. I suggest Whole Foods, Publix, Harris Teeter or your favorite bakery.
Backdrop/Floordrop (solid colors and printed designs are available)
Standing wood letters that spell ONE (white, gold, silver) or a single standing #1 (in variety of colors)
Tub and organic bubble bath from Honest company (we also usually have a bubble machine at bath time)
Confetti for the floor (optional)
Floral garland (optional)
Banner/Pennant flag (optional)
Paper flower pom poms (optional)
Note on Style and Themes: My current style for smash and splash session is clean and classic without the use of themes and busy sets. See some examples here: SMASH SET EXAMPLES However, I can help with props and custom cake for these themed smashes that I have done in the past or either have props and/or outfits for such as: Sesame street, Mr. Onederful, Mini Mouse, Baseball, Football, French Country, Unicorn, Woodland, Princess, Prince, Nautical, Aviator, Astronaut, Train Conductor, Superhero, Harry Potter. Fruit/Food Themes: Watermelon, Lemon, Strawberry, Donut, Ice Cream, Taco, Spaghetti
Parents who want a custom themed session type not listed above are more than welcomed to purchase and bring all of the themed items completing the set design to the session. I recommend searching Amazon, Etsy, Ebay, and Pinterest for props. I will ask my baker to do your themed cake with a photo example and 2 weeks advance notice.
available cake styles that can be done in a variety of colors:
PARENTS WILL PROVIDE
Two Outfits (one to be dressy & one to get messy) Email Lisa a picture of them about 2 weeks before the session. This will help me decide on a color scheme, choose/order props, and prepare the studio for your baby prior to arrival. Colors can be shades of white, grey, cream, pastel pink, lavender, blue, pastel yellow, pastel green, aqual. See some outfit examples below and more ideas here: OUTFIT IDEAS
Dressy/Formal outfit: Girls typically wear dresses and boys wear a button down shirt with pants or shorts. Optional accessories consist of hair ribbons/headbands for girls, suspenders, bowtie, fedora hat for boys.
Smash outfit: Boys or girls can wear a custom onesie or simple solid color romper. Girls can opt for a tutu over a custom onesie. Boys can opt for no onesie, just suspenders with a diaper cover and bowtie.
Note: No busy patterns, printed animals/cartoons, or words on clothes. The goal is timeless portraits. If you’d like to save a little money, I do have a few tutus, suspender with bow ties, and some other 12 month size rompers, themed outfits, and dresses in my studio wardrobe but you’ll need to ask me for photos.
SUGGESTED CLOTHING STORES:
Local: Marshall’s, Carter’s, Children’s Place, OshKosh B’Gosh, Justice, Fancy Pants
Example outfits (just a guide)
2. For the bath: Washcloth + Drying Towel + Bath Toy from home.
3. Extra parents clothes (I promise, your baby WILL get YOU messy with icing)
4. Clean clothes to take your baby home in
5. Baby Wipes for quick clean ups
6. Favorite finger food and a Sippy cup with water and/or your child’s bottle (just like us grownups, your baby WILL get thirsty after cake)
7. If your baby use a Baby Spoon at home, please bring it
8. Favorite Toy or Music/Videos on your phone
9. YOUR PATIENCE and SILLINESS. We don't want you to force your baby to say cheese or smile/laugh as it will only make him/her upset. Please stay calm and allow your child to take his/her time to get used to the studio, explore and have fun.
IMPORTANT HELPFUL TIPS FOR SUCCESS:
A few days before the smash session, get a cupcake in same flavor and icing colors to help your baby get used to this new sweet taste and creamy texture. Doing this step will also give you a heads up if your child has allergies to ingredients that typically go in cake (eggs, milk, nut oils, soy, gluten/wheat). Please refer back to the allergy section of your contract regarding release of liability.
At the session your child will either dive in or may need a little help depending on their current mood and whether or not they like or hate the new sweet taste of cake/icing. This is where your child’s baby spoon or mom's hand may come in handy by smearing a bit of icing on the lips so your baby taste. Or you can try putting a favorite finger food on the cake to encourage your baby to go for it.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to capture these precious moments in time for your family. It truly means the world to me and I know your photographs will create unforgettable memories for generations to come. Please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to make our time together go smoothly.
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