A trial run works in your favor, so do it! IF your little one isn’t a huge mess maker then I suggest a trial run. Buy a cheap plastic table cloth and let your little one sit on the floor, give them a tub of cool whip or pudding/yogurt or get them a jumbo/regular cupcake or mini cake from the grocery store and let them go to town. I’ve found allowing them to do this before the smash makes them a little more comfortable sitting on the ground trying to eat cake here with lights and a camera in their face. Below is the rest of the prep the day of, if you have any questions about anything please feel free to ask! I can’t wait!

Don’t forget:
An outfit you may want him/her to wear after the smash. Please bring a towel for after his/her bath as well as the soap you use at home for bath time!

Bring something your baby LOVES to eat! That means if they love strawberries, mango, broccoli, cucumbers, donuts or chicken nuggets then bring it with you! Sometimes puffs just won’t do! If baby doesn’t want to eat cake we want them to want to eat something so PLEASE pack food your child likes that is small and easily picked up and placed behind/in/around the cake. Pouches and yogurt won’t work, it needs to be something solid. Think of things they like that are hand held and small that we can hide in or around the cake. Don’t be shocked if they don’t want to eat the cake, it’s completely normal! They are used to eating tiny pieces of food and we put a huge cake in front of them, most babies are totally confused! Some are extremely happy! Help make it easier by bringing small portions of their favorites!

Please give your child snack and not a full meal if they wake up around the time of the session, we want them to be hungry (but not angry!) when we smash some cake! Please bring all their favorite treats, toys and items just in case they have a melt down! (It happens, they are 1!) Don’t wear your best clothes in case you get frosted! 😉

Prepare to work out a little or a lot! If your baby is mobile, you will likely be corralling him/her and placing back in the spot where I will be photographing them. You might sweat but it will be worth it!

Just a little bit of warning – Sometimes the babies hate the cake, sometimes they love it. How they eat at home in a high chair has nothing to do with how they will eat a whole cake, sitting on the floor in a strange place in front of people being crazy in front of lights. Stage fright is a real thing, so just come in with an open mind and a relaxed demeanor. It could go either way so expectations for how long your little one will last during the entire session should be reasonable based on their personality and ability to adapt in new situations.

Sickness *******PLEASE READ******
IF you child wakes up sick with a snotty running nose, coughing, and/or fever not related to teething or seasonal allergies please call me ASAP to discuss options. I work with newborns and try to keep sickness out of the studio for the safety of my littlest clients. If you come to your session and your child is visibly sick (snotty/running nose, wet/nasty cough, or they are visibly miserable, etc) you will be asked to leave and your retainer will be forfeited.
Please contact me ASAP if your child is sick and you need to reschedule – we can do so without penalty.

  • Please do not bring any children not being photographed to the session.
  • Please make sure hair is combed and face is clean and free of runny noses or eyes.
  • Session starts at the agreed upon time. It is strongly encouraged that client arrives 10 minutes prior to the start of session. This allows for any last-minute feeding, changing, and relaxing before session begins.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all!