I have been doing a lot of cake smashes in the studio recently. Can’t blame parents for wanting a fun bright shoot with their littles to document that first year of life! Some parents come to me with an exact idea of what they want for their shoots and others are a little unsure. I also get a lot of the same requests and I’m not sure if that’s because they just can’t think of anything else or because it’s all they can really find on Pinterest (or maybe it’s just what they really love). I thought I would put together a helpful guide to get those creative juices flowing and inspire a unique birthday shoot for your toddler!
Is there anything more important to a cake smash than the cake? There are so many amazing cake ideas and finding a great one can help you create the theme for the entire photo shoot. The animal circus cookie one speaks to me on so many levels. Just the cutest!
Some people like it simple and some like it as loud as possible. Really, just have fun with it. Maybe you want it a little more simple because your baby is a little shy and timid. Maybe they like a certain color. Or maybe it’s just something you really love and just want to do! These pictures are just some jumping off points to what your cake smash can be! I can’t get over how dang cute the rainbow and space ones would be!
Sources: Richelle Bergen, Vroom Vroom Balloon, Party & Confetti, One Stylish Party, Anna Claire Tadlock, Balloon Therapy, Poppies for Grace, Glitter and Glue Parties and one of my all time favorite instagram accounts for cake smash inspiration ML Handmade
- 1 hour studio shoot – cake smash, optional bubble bath and non-cake smash images
- Proofing gallery where you choose your images
- 20 digital images
- 30 minute studio shoot – cake smash only with optional bubble bath at the end
- Proofing gallery where you choose your images
- 10 digital images
I am happy to offer the cake and a balloon banner for an additional $100.
My sweet friend Turia with Sugar Kisses Cakes lives right in my neighborhood and I am not lying when I say her buttercream frosting is OUT OF THIS WORLD. The balloon banner I provide may be taken home at the end and used for future birthday parties etc.
Contact me today to book your cake smash session!
I get asked often “When is the best time to book my newborn session?” I prefer to do newborn photos within the first 2 weeks if possible. Sometimes things arise, baby has complications, mama is overwhelmed or photos just happened to be the last thing on your mind. I always try to accommodate all babies as best I can regardless of the age. If your baby is a little older (like this baby was at 5 weeks) we’ll probably need to do mostly wrapped shots. Still incredibly adorable and sometimes the eye contact and facial expressions are worth the loss of the naked posing. If those cute little rolls and bums are important for you then try to do your session within the first 2 weeks. It’s never too early to book your newborn session with me. Click here to contact me and book!
I often get asked by clients where I find my adorable little headbands for my newborn sessions. It’s quite the addiction. Most of my props I get from a variety of vendors that specifically service newborn photographers but are also open to the public for purchasing. Their inventory often moves fast but the products are so beautiful they’re worth the wait! Here’s a list of vendors I love finding headbands from. My Bluffdale newborn studio is fully stocked with all of the things you’ll need for your newborn photo shoot!
I have been wanting to take studio pics FOR SO LONG. But it was just one of those things that kept getting put on the back burner. I love my studio so much. It’s out of my home in Bluffdale, Utah. It’s my own little getaway where I can just escape and it’s just me and those sweet little newborns (for better or worse) haha! Just going in there makes me happy though. It’s so beautiful. I have the most gorgeous selection of props sourced from vendors all over the world. You never have to worry about bringing a thing for your newborn session. Diapers and wipes fully stocked. My husband is so dang handy and built my shelving unit and ladders that hold all of my wraps. I have such a large selection of headbands, bonnets and props. It’s always heated to the perfect temperature to keep your sweet babies comfortable. Every session is styled especially for you based off of a questionnaire you fill out upon booking. I hope you love it as much as I do.
I’ve been getting asked a lot lately if I mentor for newborn photography in Utah. Which is funny to me because I feel like I’m finally actually starting to figure this newborn photography thing out. 🙂 It is flattering though. I never hate the messages by any means. I will definitely say finding a mentor was crucial throughout my photography journey. I’ve had quite a few along the way. I’ve taken video workshops from Keri Meyers Photography as well as Kelly Brown with Little Pieces Photography. I’ve mentored with Nicole from Charlie & Violet in Minnesota and grew so much through that experience. Recently I did live online workshops with Nikki Crinity Photography and can’t say enough about her and the information she provides in those. I’m always continuing my education in photography so I can grow in my craft and better serve my clients. And I encourage those that are trying to do the same, to seek out a mentor or find online workshops to do that. I might mentor someday when I don’t have little kids at home all day and can dedicate more time to it. But for now I’ll continue learning and getting better. Check out this sweet little honey. She hated me but guess what? I still win because look at these images. Mom and dad are going to love these for years to come. What an investment for their family. Congratulations on your sweet baby girl!