Cake Smash Photographer Perth
Melissa Sheed Photography is a leading Cake Smash Photographer Perth. It is ideal to book your child’s 1st birthday session 1-2 months in advance and to schedule your session before your baby’s birthday.
Your cake smash photographer Perth session includes a Giant Cupcake cake for baby to smash, decorations* and the Digital images for you to print as you please.
Your cake can be made in the colours of your child’s first birthday theme, or any colour of your choice!
Cake smash photography sessions started in America a few years ago. But the trend has since made its way to Australian shores. The cake smash is usually done around the child’s first birthday.Photos are often used on the first birthday party invitations or just to mark the milestone. It’s often the first time the child has eaten cake, and the first time they’ve been allowed to do whatever they want with it.Whether it’s face-planting into it, putting icing in their hair, or knocking the whole thing over then crawling through it. These sessions are loads of fun!
What colours and decorations are best?
Avoid light coloured outfits/decorations/frosting unless used against a darker backdrop. In the past the ‘mess’ just doesn’t look as great and visually everything looks rather flat – especially if baby has very pale skin!
Go for bright, bold and dynamic colours. Avoid bringing shiny metallic props or number balloons as they do not photograph nicely.
Clients need to supply their own outfit, colourful and over the top outfits look the best. Please be mindful of visible nappies and get a diaper cover if need be. Should your baby be wearing a headpiece I suggest practising everyday with the toddler wearing a cheap party hat from Spotlight
There is a selection of both plain and hand-painted backdrops which you may choose from to co-ordinate to your baby’s outfit. Generally speaking less is more when it comes to decorations, some toddlers will get totally distracted by anything and everything. We want the child’s focus to be on the cake only.
You may wish to purchase a cute bunting which matches your child’s cake smash outfit. I supply balloons and tissue paper pom poms/ honeycomb balls in colours best matched to the theme as possible.
If your child has a known allergy I recommend you contact me so I can provide you with the ingredients of the cake. It is recommended for any baby to have a taste run at least two weeks before the session to make sure there is no reactions. You may also wish to supply your own cake.
Can I bring people to watch the Cake smash?
I don’t recommend bringing anyone other than your partner if you need to. Grandparents, Aunts or siblings are advised to stay at home, having a number of people around can very be distracting for baby.
Can I bring my own camera to the session?
Aside from Melissa Sheed’s camera there will be NO other recording devices allowed at any of her sessions. This includes but is not limited to the following; digital DSLR, compact flash, disposable cameras, or any device with a built in camera or photographic attachment. I always try to include a little video snippet where possible.
Can I assume my Toddler will smash the cake?
Close your eyes and picture the perfect cake smash setting with balloons and decorations perfectly placed. Now see your Toddler sitting behind the cake and you say for them to ‘go on, eat the cake’ ‘nom noms’, and your toddler who will listen to everything you ask, proceeds by smashing the cake in the most adorable and photographic manner possible.. right then, I’m sure you saw that one coming.. It’s a dream; reality is often very different.
Let it be known that some babies will cry.. generally it is because as they are shy of exploring a new texture, they could be unsure of what they are meant to be doing, and they are in a strange room with big lights and their parents making funny noises trying to get them to ‘perform’.
Often showing them that it is ok to eat the cake, by taking a little and letting them hold it, or by Mum/Dad eating some with them will help.
Most babies are more will sit and poke the cake with a wooden spoon, hold a massive chunk you have broken off for them or happily smear the frosting into the floor, their clothes or their body. Other babies, without even taking a bite of the cake will just completely destroy it, flicking cake and frosting everywhere!
If your baby is content just to sit there and eat and they are too busy to smile then that is awesome!
Whatever your baby does during the cake smash is what I will photograph! For most babies this is their first taste of cake so the experience is what is being captured.
If you really want to ensure your little one will have a ‘smashing fun time’ at their cake smash photographer perth session; then I have a few tips below.
Cake smash Tips and tricks
Have baby experience ‘messy play’. Messy play is important for young children, giving them endless ways to develop and learn. All types of play are essential for children’s development and early learning. Play helps children to develop and improve their gross and fine motor skills, co-ordination and concentration. Also how to work cooperatively and collaboratively, use all their senses to discover and explore their environment, and develop their imagination, creative thinking and ability to problem solve and experiment with solutions. Expose your toddler to as many different textures as playing with food is actually OKAY.
I once had a prospective client tell me that a cake smash session is not socially acceptable as it’s teaching the child that they can make a mess with their food. I totally disagree! Children LEARN by making messes. When we are constantly trying to keep hands and clothes clean, and scold for putting their hands in the dinner bowl or putting a huge handful of sand in their mouth then it not only takes away a learning experience but creates a child with sensory issues! This in turn then makes a cake smash session a very confusing experience! I encourage any client wishing to have a session to embrace ‘messy play’ experiences with their toddler.
What are ‘Messy Play’ activities?
Follow the link for recipes on how to make the following fun sensory play activities.
Help make your cake smash photographer Perth session amazing:
- Spaghetti worms
- Rubbery Goop
- Squishy Sensory bags
- Sand Foam
- Alphabet ice shaving foam
- Homemade Edible finger paint
- Gloopy Gloop
- Sloppy slime
- Rainbow Jel
What about the clean up?
After the cake smash is finished; I will bring out a mini claw foot bath prop to see if baby is happy to sit inside for some photographs in the water. Please bring a towel, baby body wash and change of clothes for both you and baby! Often you will get just as messy as baby especially if you need to put him/her back behind the cake, so pack a change for yourself too! Make sure you bring a plastic bag to put the dirty cake smash outfit in.
What happens after my session?
After your child’s session with me your images are uploaded to my computer. Then a copy is created to a number of different external hard drives. Your gallery placed in my editing queue and is edited in order of session date. Only the best images are selected.
Most cake smash photographer Perth sessions have around 20-80 images. The actual number all depends on how your Toddler is on the day. Obviously the more fun they have the more action I can capture. I guarantee a minimum of 20 images and do not have a limit to the number of images I deliver.
Remember – The best cake smash photographer Perth sessions are the ones where Mum and Dad have ‘practised’ at home with baby. Baby’s leading up to their first birthday will start to develop sensory awareness, if you have not ever given cake with sticky frosting to your toddler then they will be cautious and this may end up being a negative experience for them.