So, your sweet baby is turning ONE soon! Many of my clients love to do a cake smash session in my Windsor, CO studio for their child’s first birthday portrait session. These are some of my favorite sessions to create for my families because it’s really a celebration for everyone. Your baby is turning one, and you’ve now been a family for a year.
Here is what to expect during your cake smash session and how I make it as stress-free as possible for my families.
Planning Your Cake Smash Session
When it comes to planning your child’s cake smash session, you just need to answer a few questions for me, and then I take it from there!
1.) Make Sure We Like Cake - I need to know if your little one has any food allergies. I highly recommend that your baby tries a little cake before the day of the session. I know that part of the fun is their reaction to a cake, but trust me, letting them try some before is a good thing. They’ll still have a delightful reaction on the day of their session. Hey, we can get creative with the dessert as well. This little sweetie had a donut smash!
2.) Plan the Session - We discuss your theme for the session. What does your child love? What do you envision for the session? There are so many options! I’m happy to provide guidance if you need it or take your idea and run with it.
3.) Ordering the Cake - I handle the cake part for you. My amazing local baker Edible Delights CO, always does a fantastic job with my cakes. I let her know what we discussed, and she handles all of the designing and complimenting of the sets. It’s always a huge hit!
Day of the Cake Smash
Some families like to do their cake smash session a few weeks in advance of their child’s birthday, and some like to do it closer. It’s totally up to you. On the day of the session, you’ll bring your child to the studio, and I’ll have everything else ready. You don’t have to worry about anything! All of the decor, the cake, and the wardrobe will be ready and waiting for you.
You’re welcome to bring your spouse and other children to the session as well. It’s fun to document the entire family’s excitement and capture a portrait of your whole family.
The session truly is a lot of fun documenting your child during this special milestone and capturing their reaction to the cake. Some kids love it, some kids aren’t so sure about it, and some REALLY love it. All reactions are so cute and perfect for photographs.
Cake Smash Sessions | Windsor, CO
Cake smash sessions are some of my favorite sessions because they’re just so special and sweet. I love using my creativity to design your dream cake smash session without you having to lift a finger during the process. If you’re thinking about a cake smash session for your little one, please send me a message here. I’d love to be your cake smash photographer.
Every time my children reach a new milestone, I can’t help but feel happy and sad at the same time. Happy that they are growing up and sad they are no longer my baby! Once your sweet baby is born, you’ll be amazed at how fast the time goes. Baby goes through so many changes throughout that first year that you’ll blink, and your baby achieves the next milestone.
This is why I love it when clients come to me for milestone photography. We can capture each of the major milestones for you so that you know they’re being documented and preserved. You’ll always have these images to look back on and remember each sweet moment from that first year with your baby.
Let me share a little more about which milestones you might want to document and the three surprising benefits of documenting them.
Baby Milestone Photography
Newborn - Your child’s first official portraits are usually captured within the first two weeks of life. Newborn photography documents how tiny and precious your sweet baby was right after birth. You’ll look back on these and be in awe of your tiny baby.
Six Month - Around six months, your baby will learn to sit up! These sessions are extra adorable because now baby has those chubby cheeks, wrist rolls, and will smile big for the camera. Every baby develops differently, and it’s such a joy to document what milestones your baby has achieved.
1 Year - First birthday portraits and cake smashes are always a blast to document! We’ll celebrate your baby’s first birthday with a custom session that tells the story of your baby’s first year with a memorable photoshoot.
2 Years - By two years, your child is officially a toddler! Two-year-olds are so fun to document as they are so curious about the world around them and are starting to really show off their personalities.
Any Milestone - Don’t let this list hold you back. Every milestone in your child’s life is worthy of a custom session.
Here are a few other milestone session ideas;
You’ll never regret taking milestone portraits of your child. Now, let me share three surprising benefits of documenting your baby’s milestones.
3 Surprising Benefits of Documenting Your Baby’s Milestones
Peace of Mind that Milestones are Documented - Your baby will grow fast during her first year of life. Between taking care of a baby, your family, your job, and yourself, you’ll have a lot on your plate. Professionally documenting your baby’s milestones throughout that first year assures you that you will have portraits of each one.
Tell Your Baby’s Story - Capturing each precious milestone for your baby means you can create a custom heirloom album that features each milestone session. You’ll be able to enjoy looking back on your baby’s first year as your child grows up and, eventually, pass their album onto them to share with future generations.
Cohesive Portrait Artwork - Documenting each milestone with the same photographer ensures your portrait artwork will look cohesive and look beautiful. As a milestone photographer, I plan your sessions with the end in mind of how you want to display these portraits. That way, you’re sure to love the final portrait artwork that you choose.
I can’t slow down your baby’s first year for you, but I can capture and preserve your memories of each precious milestone. You can feel rest assured that you’ll have cherished portrait artwork of your child to remember each wonderful stage. On the days you feel like your baby is growing too fast, you can look back on your artwork with a smile.
If you have any questions or wish to schedule your consultation with me, please send me a message here.
This little man was definitely ready to move mountains! I love getting to watch my clients grow! This family has allowed me to photograph them since his older sister was in the belly! I am so grateful for clients like this. =)
He was so excited to be one!!
Thank you for letting me be a big part of your family's photos each year!
Llittle miss Quinn rocked her session! She was full of sass and smiles!
Her favorite thing to do during the session was to stand! She was super proud of herself.
Proud to be ONE!
Amber Sullivan- Northern Colorado Photographer
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