What to Expect Guide for Your Cake Smash Session

If it feels like just yesterday you were seeing that first heartbeat on the monitor and now you’re suddenly planning a first birthday party for your baby, you’re not alone. The good news? You made it! And now, it’s time to celebrate.

I’m so excited to have a chance to work with your little one. Here is some important information to ensure things run smoothly:

Arrival and Payment:

  • This session will be 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your child's interest, so please arrive on time and ready to shoot.
  • If you haven't paid yet, have payment ready when you arrive. We accept cash and e-transfer.

Session Includes:

  1. Milestone Shots (10-15 minutes): Your child sitting, standing, and playing with toys on the set. This helps them get comfortable with me and the set.
  2. Cake Smash (15-20 minutes): Playing and eating the cake.
  3. Splash (10-15 minutes): Your child splashing around in a white bathtub on set, allowing them to clean up, cool down, and enjoy a quick bath time.
  4. You may choose to skip one of these sections; just let us know ahead of time.


  • Some parents have a specific theme in mind, while others prefer something more generic. Whatever you choose, make it YOURS, and don't overthink it. Here are some trendy and classic theme ideas for girls and boys:
  • Trendy Ideas (Girl): Unicorn, Rainbows, Mermaid, Boho, Fruits
  • Classic Ideas (Girl): Florals, Sequins & Glitz, Color combos (pink/gold, purple/pink, etc)
  • Trendy Ideas (Boy): Buffalo plaid, “Wild One”, Sharks
  • Classic Ideas (Boy): Fishing, Sports, Vintage toys, Color combos (blue/grey, green/blue, etc)


  • Smash cakes are ideally scheduled 3 weeks prior to your baby’s first birthday party. This allows us time to edit your images and return the full gallery, giving you time to order prints for your party decor.

The Day Of:

Please bring:

  • Your Baby
  • Outfit choices (consider not traveling with a session outfit to avoid mishaps)
  • Sippy cup/Bottle for refreshment during the cake smash
  • Diaper bag with essentials (I provide wipes at the studio, but feel free to bring your preferred brand if your baby has sensitive skin)
  • A positive attitude! Relax and enjoy the moment. Babies have their unique style when smashing cakes, and all moments are precious.

During Your Session:

  • Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty, as you might be assisting your child.
  • Be prepared to place your child in the designated area on the set and adjust based on their motor skills.
  • Stay close by during splash shots to ensure your child's safety, especially if they are trying to stand.

After the Session:

  • You will receive sneak peeks within 48 hours.
  • Images will be delivered via a gallery website about 2-4 weeks after our session. The gallery is user-friendly, but I'm here to assist if needed.
  • If you plan to make an album, I'll help you with the selection process and suggest reputable companies to order from.

I look forward to working with you and capturing these precious moments!