Many parents choose to include a "cake smash" in this session, so I have a bunch of examples here for you. We always do the pretty pictures first...
and then we get out the cake! Every session works out a little differently, of course, because every baby is unique.
Sometimes I do these sessions in studio,
which has the advantage of a bathtub upstairs for cleanup,
and sometimes we go to a park or other location.
I bet some animal had a great time with the leftover chocolate frosting smears on the stairs later on. (We cleaned up the best we could!)
One popular option in the summer is to use my yard - I don't have the fun cement stairs, but the garden is nice and we have soft grass.
In the summer I often move the studio outdoors (see, you can't even tell!).
We have a fountain that's the perfect height for one year olds - sometimes they really get into the splashes!
This is also a great session for balloons and other fun props.
Another location possibility is to do this session at your own home.
It helps if you don't mind cleaning frosting off the floor later.
Not every baby likes cake. I try to warn moms about this because often this can be your baby's first taste of sweets of any sort. Especially if this is your first baby. (I have to admit, that while our first child didn't eat sugar until she was 18 months old, our second had ice cream at 9 months, and my husband had our youngest sucking on bacon in the hospital when she was born. Treats followed several months later. They all love candy now, no difference between them in that way...) Anyway this little guy didn't want to eat any.
When we served him up a bowl of ice cream, he liked that MUCH better.
So sometimes I recommend that moms give their baby cake the week before, to see what their reaction might be so we can be prepared.
This little sweetie did not like to eat cake, not at all, (see her clean mouth?) but she did like to STIR cake with a spoon. The mess is what makes it fun.
What should your baby wear to smoosh cake? I see lots of different outfits and combinations.
Most often we just put Baby in a diaper, but we also use tutus (I have a washable one that you can use), cute onesies, and I had one little guy in a suit (see above).
I always love it when parents bring their child's favorite toy or activity. This little guy was great with a drum. Sometimes that's the happiest picture we take (especially if they don't love cake...)
And even if they don't want to eat the cake, it's always intriguing to them. Sometimes I have to really rush to get a pre-smash picture before they get to work.
This sweet little boy's mom made one of my favorite cakes ever:
a double sheet cake that he could sit right in. He was so darling and sweet-natured - he totally played along and had a great snack.
Not every parent wants a cake smash - even if you don't, when your baby turns one year old it's a great time for a professional photo session.
If you are working with me on the full year of photography, this is the last session that I include in the plan.
After you've seen everything, we go back through the first 4 sessions and pick your favorite images from each session. Then I make you a custom 10x20" collage, which is included in your original session fee. These collages are a huge hit, and I love to make them too.
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