Cake Smash Portrait Photography by Crabapple Photography

Reaching the one year old milestone is reason to party! Because there is nothing quite like watching a baby go to town on a custom cake. I have to admit I am often heard belly laughing during these uber fun celebratory cake smash sessions.

Generally in their first year of life babies haven’t had much opportunity to find themselves alone with a cake. Because of this, the reactions vary pretty widely! But no matter what the reaction, this session is sure to elicit some laughter from the peanut gallery. I have had a baby or two get so excited they did a full face plant in their cake (this is my style if presented with a cake in this manner). I’ve had babies so skeptical of the cake they wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole for the first few minutes! Some babies go at their cake with precision and delicate hands. While some go at it with gusto, cake and frosting flying around the studio.

The cake smash photo portion of the session takes place at the end of the one year milestone first birthday portrait session. The session starts with any family or sibling photos you’d like as well as non birthday portraits for you to remember this special time in your baby’s development. Then, we party. I love putting together cake smash sets and have included a few examples in this gallery as inspiration. Some clients come to me with a fully formed idea. Pinterest is a great place to start! While some clients would prefer I take the lead on the theme for their baby’s cake smash and I am happy to help. Consequently, I have built up quite the collection of cake smash props over the years. Often if I don’t have it already, I’m able to get it. So let your imagine run wild!

Cake smash sessions can take place in the studio but I am happy to head outside in nice weather. If you’re looking for portraits to display at your baby’s 1st birthday party we will need to schedule your session for about a month in advance of the party. This will give me enough time to fully hand edit your images and send anything off to the printers in time. If you’re not under any kind of deadline than anytime the month before or after your baby turns one is great timing.

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