Cake Smash Session Tips: Why do we always have a Plan B & C for first birthday sessions?

Because oftentimes they want to eat their cake and cry a little at the same time.

There’s always a lot of anticipation for the first birthday session, especially when there is cake involved.  After over 12 years of sessions, we know that things don’t always go as planned. Especially when babies and toddlers are involved, which is why we prepare our clients the best we can with Plans B and C for their first birthday session.

  1. Consider including family photos in your session. Just in case your baby is experiencing separation anxiety and prefers to stay close to you.
  2. If you want to include a cake as part of their photos, let them try cake before the session. Ideally on the floor so it’s as close to their photo session experience as possible.
  3. We always have a back up activity planned for first birthday sessions, just in case.  Sometimes it’s an alternate snack and other times it’s favourite books, toys, or a bath.
  4. Schedule your session at a time of day when your baby is usually at their most cheerful and alert.  For some babies that’s immediately after their nap and for others it’s closer to meal time.
  5. Avoid the Pinterest trap and comparing your baby and their photos to other sessions: focus instead on planning a session that will work well for your baby’s temperament and interests, which may have nothing to do with cake!

Did your baby enjoy their first birthday cake or were they uninterested? What tips do you have for a cake smash session?