Cake Smash Planning Info Please scroll the entire info.
*Shoot will last about an hour +. Starting with the 1 year portraits first.
*You may provide the theme… ie, custom banner, paper flowers, signs, etc OR you may look thru my website and Instagram for items that I have. Some of the images clients provided the decor...just send me a screen shot and I can let you know. I also have a list of items I have below.
If you are providing decor I like to see an image first, and it must be to my studio 2 days before the session. I do not assemble items the day of. You may deliver or also send the items directly to my studio.
*Instead of helium balloons I use balloon holders and they look like helium balloons. I have a variety of balloon colors.
I have basic pennant paper banners, happy birthday banners, paper flowers, one letters, etc.
*Do not purchase plastic or foil reflective banners please. (They don’t photograph well)
*Etsy is a good place to purchase cake smash themes, birthday outfits. Hobby Lobby is awesome, Michael's Craft Store. Amazon.
*Also check your local party store.
*For the cake smash I have cream paper background, pink paper background, light and darker gray paper background, sky blue paper background, Purple paper background and white. Also faux wood background.
*I shoot on the light colored wood floor or paper pulled over floor. Please specify what color cake smash background you prefer so I can have it set up.
*If providing decor it will be hung and ready before you arrive for the session. I am happy to assemble the decor.
Questions to ask yourself regarding Cake Smash Decor planning:
*What are your preferred colors?
*Banner or no banner? What type of banner...ONE banner or just a decorative banner, or no banner? Don't be redundant with lots of "One" props.
*Balloons, Pom flowers, confetti, floor decor, One letters or One sign?
*Background paper color: Cream, Gray, White, Dark Gray, Pink, Purple, Sky Blue, Faux Wood.
*I photograph toddler first in 1 or 2 portrait outfits. (I will have some background choices ready to compliment your child's portrait outfits.) Then toddler in cake smash outfit on cake smash background, then toddler with cake. The sessions can be very stimulating, and I try to move efficiently so toddler doesn’t poop out on us…lol
*Clothing should fit well and not irritate your child. It is a good idea to try the outfits on before the session date to assure a proper fit. Toddlers can be active, so keep this in mind when choosing outfits.
*Parents provide the cake, portrait outfits and the cake smash outfit.
*You may also bring anything special to add to the images for the portrait part, like a book, special blanket, stuffed toy or prop. Sometimes a book is good to keep toddlers attention. Not too may additional items please.
*I do use a few props during the first portraits like chairs, stools, ladders,chest, crate, or small things for the toddler to sit on or stand next to. I have many props and examples are listed below.
*Sessions are messy and I do have bags for the messy clothing. I provide wash cloths and towels for cleaning your toddler after the session. Also, you will probably get cake on you as well so maybe bring an extra shirt.
*A soft style cake is a must so it can be smashed. Hard marzipan or fondit style cakes although pretty, do not work. Please avoid fruit or hard food decor on the cake.
*My clients have used local bakeries like QFC, Whole Foods, Metropolitan Market (Kirkland).
See below for Custom Cake Recommendations.
The best type of cake is white cake middle and a buttercream frosting.
Avoid overly bright or very colorful frosting as it will stain your child's face.
A 6 inch cake is perfect. Some kids smash it, some eat it, some just play with it.
*Custom Cake Recommendations
New York Cupcakes Crossroads. http://newyorkcupcakes.com/ Adorable cakes!
Sweet Cakes in downtown Kirkland.
Small Cakes in Issaquah Landing.
Hillcrest Bakery in Bothell.
Morfey's Cakes in Seattle.
Hoffman's in Redmond.
*Once you settle on a theme/decor, please let me know asap so I can be prepared.
Please send pics of clothing/decor. This way I can have backgrounds/props ready to go when you arrive.
I do have lots of cake smash decorations. If you look thru my website gallery, my Facebook or my Instagram, and see something you like, feel free to send me a screen shot image and I can tell you if I provided the set or if the client brought it. Cakes and clothing are provided by the client. Some clients do provide their own custom decor in advance.
Available Toddler Props and Cake Smash Items:
White Toddler Ladder, Natural Toddler Ladder, Wooden Chairs, Teal Blue Wicker Chair, Vine Bench, Stools, Crates, Red Small Wagon, Wood Logs, Baskets, Pink Vintage Toddler Car, Beach Balls, Shells, Netting, White Wooden Boat, Baseballs, Glove, Bat, Moon, Woven Chests, Vintage Brown Suitcase, Floral Suitcases, Pearl Strand.....and more. Novelty Background Designs for the 1 Year Portraits, also Solids, Silk Flowers.
Background Paper Colors: White, Gray, Cream, Pink, Light Purple, Sky Blue, Faux Wood.
Background Pennant Banners for Boys and Girls in a Variety of Colors. Many other Banners as well.
Gold Beaded Curtain Background. Silver Bubble Curtain great for boys. Happy Birthday Banners.
Loose Floor Balloons in a variety of colors. Floor Ribbons. Silk Flowers. Fluff for Clouds. Wire Cream 3 Tier Shelf.
Cobalt Blue Medium ONE Letters, Large Silver ONE Letters, Medium White ONE Letters, Gold Medium ONE Letters.
Cake Stands: White, Off White, Clear, Wood, Cobalt Blue, Bright Pink.
12 inch Paper Pom Flowers:
White, Cobalt Blue, Light Blue, Red, Yellow, Lime Green, Gold, Pink, Purple, Fushia, Silver, Ivory, Black.
16 inch: Gold, Pink
*Only parents and toddler should attend the session. My studio does have limited space. It is my experience that toddlers get distracted and over stimulated very quickly and often times do not focus on me if there are numerous people in the studio trying to get his or her attention.
*Please no personal photography or video during the session.
*Parents your clothes will probably get cake on them so bring an extra shirt.
Lastly, be prepared to work a bit, AND have fun!!
Please note: I cannot be responsible for toddlers that do not cooperate, are unhappy or do not like their cake.
Go to Etsy.com and search for:
cake smash clothing girls / cake smash clothing boys / cake smash banners / cake smash themes
Helpful Links for Cake Smash items:
Die Cut Banners: https://www.etsy.com/shop/anyoccasionbanners (I love these banners) Please note that she shows many in triple form, so be aware when you purchase if you want to double or triple them lengthwise. You may need to order extra if you want the layered effect.
Love Garlands: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveGarlands
Love these Banners: https://www.etsy.com/shop/declanandsmith
Boys Bloomers: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HairBowsPricessLove
Boys Bloomers: https://www.etsy.com/shop/cuteasme
Lil Pink Goose Boutique: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LilPinkGoose
Lexi and Co: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lexyandco
Girls Tutu & Hat: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PICKLEBUG?ref=search_shop_redirect
Girls Onesie: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BelleLaneDesigns
Pom pom banner: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SnootyBlooms