Studio Cake Smashes

About Cake Smashes:

-Cake Smash sessions are divided into two sections. We start with 15 minutes of regular one year old portraits and end with 20 minutes of cake smashing. The remaining time is built in for outfit changes, clean up and background changes.

-Most Cake Smash sessions will result in about 20-50 images depending on the baby!

One Year Old Portraits

  • I have a client wardrobe of simple and neutral girl and boy outfits for babies ages 6 months-18 months for client use! They are washed and sanitized between each use. Many of them are in the pictures below.

  • All of the props you see in these images are available for use!

  • All of the backdrops below are available for one year portraits. I will add images as I add backdrops to my stash.

Cake Smash 

Banners, floor balloons (non-helium), tissue puffs, and white or wood cake stands , white stacking boxes, and different colored backdrops, are available for use. However, some of the props you will see in these images the clients provided. Once you decide on your theme, we can work out the details of the decor to your style and wishes.s!

Client always provides:

  • Cake (due to allergy liability) See below for more tips!

  • Helium balloons 

  • Cake smash outfit- I do not provide this outfit due to staining from frosting.

  • Any other specific decor they would like to include


1st Birthday Portrait Tips

PARENTS: Wear clothes you are okay getting messy. (short sleeves, no jewelry, etc.) You may be picking up your little one covered in cake and frosting to move back towards the cake when he/she tries to escape! You might want to pack an extra shirt for you just in case. 


CAKE: Buttercream/whipped frosting works better than fondant. I suggest leaving it out of the fridge a few hours before the smash so the frosting is soft and easy to smash into. I also suggest lighter color frosting over the bright colors if possible. Try to avoid BLACK frosting. It doesn’t look appeasing in photos when its on their lips. 

-Have your child taste the cake and frosting beforehand that is similar to the cake you will be getting to make sure there are no allergic reactions.



  • Cheerios or puffs to put on the cake in case your kiddo is not interested in it. Sometimes we will put it behind the cake to make the child appear to be eating it. 

  • Water in a sippy cup/bottle

  • Favorite rattle/toy/music to get his/her attention

  • Favorite music on your phone



  • I’ll supply plastic bags for their cake smashed clothes

  • Towels and wipes to clean up. Feel free to bring your own if your child has sensitivities. 

*Due to Covid, I haven't been offering sink baths at my home. However, if there is any skin reaction from the frosting, I'd be more than happy to offer my bathtub to scrub it off! 

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