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Raleigh’s Cake Smash Trend – Have your cake and wear it too!

Who doesn’t love cake? If you are expecting or already have a little one I don’t have to tell you about the biggest trend in baby photos right now; First Birthday Cake Smash photo sessions are sweeping the nation and websites are full of themes, smash outfits and cake ideas. Moms are letting their little ones celebrate a big milestone in a big way – with a tiny cake all of their own. Allowed to dive in, eat up and spread the joy (and icing) as far and wide as possible, the messier the better! This photographer FAQ page will help you prepare for these special photos.

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So what exactly goes into the perfect first birthday session?

You bring the baby and the baked goods, we will provide a backdrop that coordinates with your theme and matching balloons. Feel free to bring along birthday props or go simple; banners, hats and accessories are always great additions. We start with a 5-10 minute session before introducing the treats (if you have a first birthday outfit that you do not want messy, this is the time to pull it out!) and then we bring out the goodies.  When it’s all said and done you take home your sugary baby and leave the mess to us!

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What to Expect

Well, you just never know! Some babies dive right in and chow down and others take one look at that cake and burst into tears. Most babies fall somewhere in the middle; a little hesitant but with some coaching from Mom or Dad (and occasionally a big sister!) learn to enjoy their new treat. The cake portion of the session typically lasts 15-30 minutes but these session times will vary. Whatever your child’s level of interest in their cake, the results will be priceless.

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The Cake:

There are some things you can do in advance to ensure adorable smash memories. The cake takes center stage in these photos so have a pro make something beautiful. While grocery store bakeries do sometimes offer free 1st year birthday cakes keep in mind that this “prop” will be the main theme of the photos and choose accordingly. The design should be fun, creative and very decorated – stripes, dots, sprinkles, rosettes, unicorns – the more the better! A few helpful tips:

  • White is a better option than chocolate
  • Light/bright colors work better than darker/saturated colors (which will often stain the skin)
  • Choose a whipped or buttercream style icing vs. fondant
  • Cake stands look adorable but tip easily – if you do bring a stand we will grab a few shots on the stand and then move the cake to the floor
  • Have your baby try icing before the session in the weeks before the session – that is the only way you can anticipate how your little one will react to a sweet, new texture (and ensure that there are no allergies!)

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The Studio Not Your Style?

Smash Sessions can also take place at area parks. These sessions take a bit more planning on your part but the results are precious and can be easily added to a family photo session. Contact us with any questions you may have about the process or check currently availability with our online calendar. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Season Moore is a Raleigh, North Carolina Photographer that has been specializing in contemporary newborn, baby, child, family and senior portraits and editorial, commercial and headshot photography since 2005. Sessions are held at her Raleigh studio, or on location in Raleigh - Durham, North Carolina and surrounding areas.  Contact Season using the Contact Page on this site, at or at 919.341.0190. Follow Season on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest for more photos, updates and promotions.
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