Baby cake smash

Preparing For Your One Year Session

Thanks for booking your one year session! This page contains all the information you will need to prepare for your session.

What To Expect

The session will last about one hour. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early so we can get started right on time!

Session includes:
• Two setups without cake in one outfit (either provided by client or chosen from client wardrobe)
• Two setups with second outfit and will include the Cake smash portion.

While my studio is stocked with many props, accessories, and clothing options, you can bring outfits for the session if you prefer. Just let me know before hand so that I can help you with what may photograph best during our session together. I prefer monochromatic set ups and timeless outfits for this portion.

Keep in mind, I don’t usually dress babies “up” aka, I’m not going to put a mermaid tail on your baby… it’s just not my thing. We will talk about colors and preferences, but I do all of the styling of the session while you relax and enjoy it!

We do provide a simple white cake and balloon unless their are any allergies. If their are known allergies, parents must provide cake.

Other Tips

Anything you can do to put your little one in as good of a mood as possible, do it! Making sure everyone is well fed and well napped will help. One year sessions go rather quickly. their attention span is limited, so we’ll swap out props after just a few minutes to keep things moving.

Depending on baby's "stranger danger" level, I find that it is usually helpful if one parent can stay closer to baby. The other parent is welcome to stand behind me so that we can get baby's focus close to the camera. Too many people trying to get baby's attention can work against us. I suggest just one parent getting their attention at a time. Rest assured we are going to give it our best.

Cake Smashes

If you are planning a Cake Smash, here are some details!

I provide a simple 6-inch cake in a solid color with a 20″ balloon. Once we bring in the cake, this portion usually takes about 15 minutes; we let your baby set the pace, as some little ones are eager to dig into the cake and others are more hesitant and need some encouragement. If your baby is shy about digging into the frosting, you might have to get in there and show them how it’s done. Sometimes, baby may not be too sure of the cake. Please bring along a favorite snack such as cheerios, puffs, etc. in case we need to stuff them into the back of the cake to add interest. Please bring along a sippy cup of water as cake does make baby thirsty. Don’t be alarmed if your baby doesn’t tear away at the frosting immediately. Some babies eat neatly while others dive right in. Some babies need a little assistance from mom or dad to figure out what to do. It is a process that should be exciting for both of you. Please be aware that not all babies enjoy smashing their cake and it is possible that your child will cry if they do not like it. Just roll with it!  I personally love the crying shots of my children looking back at them! Giving a cake to a baby surely makes a mess. My studio has a sink that you are welcomed to use. A bubble bath is add-on option for adorable photos and helps get baby clean as well. Either way, I recommend bringing wipes and a change of clothing for the whole family!

Items to Bring to Your Session

• The usual leaving-the-house with baby stuff
(diapers, milk, etc).
• Outfits (and bow) if not choosing from client wardrobe
• Lovey or something that makes baby smile (only used if needed)
• Change of clothes for parents, just in case
• Sippy cup to help wash down the cake
• Snacks (think cheerios, or puffs) in case they don’t like the cake

Within two weeks of your session, you’ll get an email with a gallery link with your gallery.  This is a mobile-friendly gallery that is great for sharing. You are able to choose your 10-20 images (depending on what session you scheduled) or upgrade to buy the whole gallery. We can chat about that if you have any questions! Once they’re downloaded, they are yours to print wherever you choose!  

My Studio Is Located At

300 Morton Street, Richmond, TX 77469

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