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Tips For Birthday Sessions

Getting Ready for a Birthday Shoot

Getting Ready for a Birthday Shoot This day was inevitable, your baby, who you remember giving birth to like it was yesterday, is now one-year-old. So, this clearly calls for a fun birthday photography shoot with a cake smash! In order to prepare for this exciting experience, make sure you pack your bags with anything you may possibly need. With this in mind, here are some tips to make the best out of the shoot!

Shoots Are Generally Short and Sweet

Shoots involving babies need to be short and sweet because you can only keep a baby's attention for so long. So, certain steps must be done in order to ensure the shoot can be completed in your child's attention span. First, make sure the baby is put in their outfit before they even arrive. As your scheduled shoot time does not include time for dressing. If you want your baby to get dressed at the studio, you should make sure to arrive 5-10 minutes early. It is also a good idea to assemble all props prior to arrival, as the time for assembly is also not included in your scheduled time. In short, you want to make the most out of your allotted time and avoid any possible tantrums or misbehaviour.

What You Should Bring

Cake: You can't have a cake smash without a cake. It is recommended that you bring either a six-inch cake or a large cupcake, as other types of cake may be too big or too small.

Frosting: It is very important to make the cake smash as fun as possible while making sure everything shows up well on film. Usually, bright colors show up better on film, so it is recommended that you find some green, yellow, pink, purple or orange frosting for optimal results.

Clothes: The clothes selection is mostly up to you, but we recommend that you bring one or two outfits for the photo shoot. We love simple clothing. Remember simplicity is the key.


Balloons: Who doesn't love balloons? They are fun to play with and look great in shoots. We generally try to avoid the big balloons that generally have numbers on them because they take up a large amount of space and generally show reflections that appear on film. However, if you choose to bring this type of balloon, be sure that it can fit within our 5x5 backdrop.

After the Shoot

We generally offer a large wet towel once the shoot is done in order to clean cake and frosting off of the baby. But, it is recommended that you also bring some wipes with you as well.

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