Cake Smash & Splash Photoshoot Tips for Great Results
Has your life become blessed with the presence of a little one? Is your new bundle of joy now a whole year old? Why not celebrate this moment of your life by letting your child taste cake for the first time? And if the weather's warm, how about letting your little one have a nice cool splash in the tub? You can have both of these fun and memorable moments when you sign up for a Cake Smash & Splash photoshoot with me.
What child doesn't love sweets? Bear in mind that this may be a whole new experience for your child to taste cake for the first time, so keep these tips on hand:
Outside or in a studio?
As a mom myself I know firsthand how messy kids can be! That's why I generally recommend to parents that they plan for an outdoor session with their little one. When outside, the need for a lot of props is not necessary and much of the mess from smashing the cake and then splashing in the tub ends up on the ground where minimal cleanup is needed. That being said, studio smash & splash photoshoots can also provide that sense of professionalism you may be looking for, especially if the weather is not the greatest (rain for example).
Outfit ideas for your little one
Colour coordination is key. Having the exact same colour for everything can make everything blend together, while different shades of the same colour can make certain elements pop. Try picking one accessory your child looks adorable in and basing the colours of the setting. Try to keep the cake frosting colour coordinated as well for best results.
Most importantly, pick multiple outfits you can both change out of easily. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is going to get dirty during these sessions, even when it's time for the splash part.
Practice makes perfect
If you feel more comfortable about the idea, there's no harm done in doing a practice run of the photoshoot. Kids may not know what to do when presented with a bath when it's not bathtime, or know what to do with a cake when they see one, so some instruction will be needed on your part.
Letting children get comfortable and exploring these things takes time. Try giving your child a cupcake first as a test run, and give them permission to experience and react well (or maybe badly!) to the different sights and textures. This step will help your child have fewer surprises on the day of the actual photoshoot and a more pleasant experience while eyes (and a camera) are on them.
Be patient, and have fun!
Expecting the unexpected is a great plan for any kind of photo session, and it's especially needed when it comes to photographing children. Sometimes children at 1 year of age will cry, however that makes for memorable moments as well. Once your child gets used to being the center of the attention in the room, there will be lots of moments full of smiles and laughter as well. Go forward with the session with both an open mind and happiness; your child is guaranteed to follow suit.
Ready to celebrate?
Cake smash & splash photoshoots can be an absolute delight for you and especially for your child! With some planning and preparation beforehand, these sessions can create warm fuzzy memories for everyone to enjoy. After all, a child is only 1 year old once; let's make this a wonderful day for them and for you all.
If you've got a little one you want to celebrate, you can get started by viewing my rates. If you think my skills are what you're looking for in a child photographer, give me a call. I love planning for these photos!
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