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All you need to know about the Cake Smash session

Cake smash photos are such a success as kids love to make a mess and play with food. It’s fun, it’s instinctive and it’s part of their exploration of the world. When we create a fun environment for your child, you can be very sure that some memorable moments will happen, resulting in some memorable and unique photos.

The Cake Smash session lasts up to one hour

Before the Cake Smash

We start with some non-messy portraits. We would always encourage the whole family to join in.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to get an update on your family photo. There will be some solo portraits of our birthday girl/boy too.

This step helps the baby to get familiar with the new environment and get into the swing of things.

The Cake Smash part

Then we bring out the cake. Usually, we let the baby play with it for a while.

When they get bored we bring out the weapon (the wooden spoon) to bash the fun out of it.

Sometimes we hide some tiny snacks in the cake, to get the little fingers to explore it, so all trick of the trade is used here to ensure we will get great pictures.

The Splash part

After all that messy action we move on to the cleanup part.

There is a small tub filled with just enough water to cover up to baby’s legs. Baby’s bath products are used to make bubbles.

We splash and have fun again.

Do you wonder what goes into Cake Smash session?

Here is a little “behind the scene” clip of the cake smash and splash photoshoot.

The props and outfit for your Cake Smash

At first, we will very carefully plan the theme, colors, decorations, and outfits for the day.

We do offer a range of different props and clothing for both boys and girls. You are more than welcome to bring along some special items, like personalized t-shirts and tops with the child’s name or anything that you would love to use.

We will decorate the set with balloons, bunting, and other decorations according to your preferences. We can make styling as lush or as simple as you wish.

The cake

Here are a few guidelines when buying or making the cake for your Cake Smash.

Beware that the chocolate and red-colored icing can look a little unsightly or even blood-like (red icing) when smeared over the baby’s skin and surroundings.
Buttercream or another soft icing will work best. We found that smaller cakes, up to 8″-10″ diameter work great for photos with children as they can get lost behind bigger cakes.
Most of our bubs wouldn’t have eaten much “cakey” type food before one. It is a good idea to give a baby a piece of cake or a small cupcake before the session so that they will get familiar with the new type of food and sensory experience.

Cant use the cake?

If you are not a fan of using cake we can always go for alternative options like fruit or paint splash. Anything that entertains and is fun will work!

Get in touch with Joanna

Please use the form to book your session, inquire about the date or schedule a phone consultation.

You can reach Joanna at 089 48 58 518 or email

Tiny smasher

baby girl eating cake on the floor
  • 1 hour photo session
  • up to 5 of images on USB
  • One printed copy of each image from USB
  • Viewing appointment at the studio.

Mess maker

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  • 1 hour photo session
  • up to 10 images on USB
  • One printed copy of each image from USB
  • Viewing appointment at the studio.

Hands off my cake

  • 1 hour photo session
  • ALL images from your gallery on USB
  • Up to 15 images printed
  • 100€ credit toward Wall art and album purchase
  • 50€ gift card to use toward your next photo session in our studio.
  • Viewing appointment at the studio.