How to Decide?
There are so many possibilities for cake smash themes it can be a little overwhelming for parents. Some babies have a cute nick name that lends itself perfectly to a theme (see sweet Honey bee!) and if you can play off something personal that is a perfect direction to go. Some may match a nursery theme or favorite book/toy (Sophie the Giraffe). Holidays and seasonal sets are great. But most parents just feel overwhelmed with the prospect so I thought I would offer some guidance. Scroll to the bottom to see new ideas I have in the works and some additional inspiration – creativity is always encouraged!
Start by searching Google and Pinterest for ideas OR find an adorable outfit first, and work from there. If you have a favorite color that can be a jumping off point. Decide if you like more simple, natural/organic looks, or more heavily themed. Soft pastels or saturated colors. Funny or classic. There is NO wrong choice, I have not had a single set yet that was not adorable. It helps if you can find sample images that speak to your style so I know I am creating a look you will love. See a larger gallery of images here.
Things to Notice
Backdrops are typically solid/paper, brown or white wood or a custom painted or photographed backdrop. Paper backdrops are not ideal for bath sessions as they show water spots (clear vinyl can be used over paper for a reflective look). Notice if you prefer one look more than another. Find specific parts of each sample image that you like so I have a better idea of your style.
Twin sessions are best on larger sets which are often paper rolls. I find that twin sets are best less decorated/themed; managing two babies is challenging enough without keeping a complicated set together.
Most sets will include balloons, “poofs”, lanterns, etc. as filler and to hide parts of the set that need disguising. If you prefer a simple set we can do without. If you have props that you would like to use I will ask that you bring them in advance, set up often takes hours and I want it ready as soon as you arrive for the shoot. Most sets do not include too many props (Fiesta Below being the exception!) because babies will often dismantle a set in seconds, the quicker the rebuild the better.
Floral or boho sets are by far the most popular look for little girls and I never make two sets the same. Some samples below give you an idea of possibilities – if one overall style appeals to you (or bits and pieces from several) let me know.
New Set ideas
This is my favorite part, set designing! I am always coming up with ideas, collecting props and purchasing backdrops for new looks. Below is just a few new ideas:
A. Rubber Ducky: Perfect for boys or girls that love bath time and bubbles. LOT’S of ideas for this one.
B. Beach Life: I CAN’T EVEN. I have been waiting for warm weather to release this one! I’m picturing babies in bathing suits and sundresses (can’t get any easier for clothes!) hats and sunglasses. Beach props, inflatables, I can’t wait!
C. Let’s Go Camping: It’s not easy to find boy friendly sets and this one is adorable! Of course any adventurous nature girl is welcome too. Maybe a smores themed cake? Hmmm…
D. Strawberry Season: Need I say more? Picturing white and red polka dot balloons and strawberry “poofs”. Strawberry milk bath is a must!
E. Whimsy: I Love it! This backdrop won’t need much in the way of props, or you could add “clouds” to the bottom. Very sweet for you girl with her head in the clouds!
F. Honeycomb: This one is SUPER cute with a white floor, perfect for a sunflower summer shoot or bumble bee themed, lots of opportunities.
G. Purple/blue watercolor: I love love love when I get a new custom painted water color backdrop! The photograph BEAUtifully! This would be perfect for unicorn, or just play off the colors for a non-pink girl option.
H. Jungle Fever: This is another I CAN’T EVEN moment. Baby safari anyone??