Cake Smash/1 Year Session

Before I get to little Miss Anna, I have some good news to share- It is official!  Kimberly Cabe Photography has a business license in the state of Oklahoma!  Woohoo!  I am now booking sessions, so shoot me an email or fb message if you are interested in a maternity, newborn, or baby session.

 

And those baby sessions can include a Cake Smash/1st Birthday session, like Anna's.

This session was done about 2 weeks before Anna's actual birthday, so I hesitated to share too many of the cake smash pictures before the big day.  But now I can!

 

When booking a cake smash session, it is important to remember that you NEVER know how a session like this will go.  Some love the cake and dive right in, others could care less and want nothing to do with it.  That is why I love doing sessions that don't just revolve around the cake.  For Anna, we started with some shots of her in her adorable little birthday outfit.  This also meant her mom didn't have to stress about getting a good picture of the outfit the day of the party.  One less thing to worry about.

After a quick wardrobe change (didn't want to risk staining and ruining the birthday outfit with cake icing), it was time for cake!  A couple of things to keep in mind when ordering/making a cake for a cake smash session...

-Stick with white or yellow cake.  Chocolate cake very quickly starts to look like, well, poop.  Especially the more it gets smashed and smeared.  You get the idea.

-Avoid red icing.  It can look like blood smeared on their faces.  In fact, white icing is really best all the way around.  Small bits of colored icing as decoration is fine, but do keep in mind that colored icing is made with food coloring, which can stain!

-Professionally-made cakes really do make a difference in photographs.  Most grocery store bakeries will make a small 'smash cake' for not too much money.  Bakery icing usually holds up much better than homemade as well.

Do a quick Google search for 'cake smash' and you will see what I am talking about.

 

After a cake smash, I like to finish the session with a nice, warm bubble bath!  Not only does the bath clean the icing off the baby, but most babies love baths, and it has a very calming effect.  And, I think, a great photo op.

And there you have it, a great Cake Smash/1 Year Session.  They grow so fast, and it is important to document these big milestones.  Hard to believe just one year ago, Anna was just a tiny little newborn.