PREPARING FOR YOUR BABY’s
Cake SMASH SESSION
1 YEAR BIRTHDAY / CAKE SMASH TIPS
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.