PREPARING FOR YOUR BABY’s

Cake SMASH SESSION

 

1 YEAR BIRTHDAY / CAKE SMASH TIPS

 

SESSION FLOW:

Cake Smash Sessions last up to 1.5 hours in the studio. Babies tend to get restless very quick, so we allow 1-2 for breaks as needed. The bath is completely optional, but if you decide against it, please bring a change of clothes, a washcloth, and plenty of wipes to clean your baby.

*Immediately, after the session is over, we will review and choose your photos for order. As a reminder, balance payment for your package is due 1 day before your session. Orders over $700 qualify for a payment plan.

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.

I PROVIDE:

  • Banner (‘I AM ONE’ or child’s name up to 6 letters)

  • Balloons (standard, confetti balloons are available in some colors)

  • One/#1 Cake Topper

  • Cake Stand

  • Backdrop (in stock)

  • Confetti for the floor

  • Paper flower pom poms (if desired)

  • Tub and organic bubble bath (optional)

  • Standing wood letters that spell ONE (white, gold, silver) or a single standing #1 (in variety of colors)

  • Basic Grocery Store Cake (parents must provide cake if food allergies are a concern or a themed cake is desired) NOTE: As of JULY 1, I will no longer provide cake. instead, I will provide a detailed list of suggested bakers.

  • Note: Parents who want a custom themed session are more than welcomed to purchase and bring themed items to the session. I recommend searching Amazon, Etsy, Ebay, and Pinterest.

PARENTS PROVIDE:

  • 2 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.

  • Clothing ideas for girls: Formal Dress, Tutus over a Themed Onesie, Ruffled Diaper Covers, Hair Bows/Ribbons

  • Clothing ideas for boys: Formal outfit with Bowtie or Necktie, Suspenders & Hats, Custom Onesie, Themed Diaper Cover

  • If you are doing the bath, Small Washcloth, Drying Towel, and a bath toy from home for tub time

CAKE DETAILS:  

  • If parents are buying the cake, get Buttercream icing, (fondant is too hard, whipped is so soft ait may melt).

  • No dark pink, red, or dark blue icing (these will stain the studio backdrops and maybe your child’s clothes)

  • Vanilla cake flavor ONLY. No chocolate, red velvet, etc.

  • Local Bakeries: Harris Teeter, Publix, Whole Foods, Tizzerts, Suarez or your favorite!

WHAT TO BRING IN ADDITION TO OUTFITS:

  • Extra parents clothes (your baby WILL get YOU messy)

  • Clean clothes to take your baby home in

  • Sippy cup for water and/or your child’s bottle (your baby WILL get thirsty)

  • Baby Wipes for quick clean ups

  • If your baby use a small spoon at home, please bring it

  • Favorite toy. Music/Videos on your phone. Your baby’s favorite small finger food

  • YOUR PATIENCE and LAUGHTER. We don't want you to force your baby as it will only make him/her upset. Please stay calm and allow your child to explore and have fun.

IMPORTANT HELPFUL TIPS:

  • If planning a separate party, we suggest using the same party theme or colors at the cake smash to save you money on props and to keep a consistent color scheme.

  • 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.

  • At the session your child will either dive in or may need a little help. This is where your child’s baby spoon, finger foods, 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.

 
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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.

-Lisa Yvette