The joys in capturing a wee little turning ONE makes my heart leap! Here in the Woodlands, TX, it has been cake smash season…four already this year! So, I have put together my “top 3 cake smash session tips” for you! Let’s start with BEFORE the session…
TIP # 1: RESEARCH your photographer!
Cameras, lenses, shooting style, editing techniques, experience in the craft, studio, outdoors…all of these things make for a significant impact on your final images. Today’s world is absolutely full of photographers. This can seem overwhelming, but it is really your chance to find exactly what you are looking for in the end. How do you want for your final images to look? Narrow it down, see if a pattern forms that catches your eye. NOW, seek a photographer that showcases that style! Do not expect to hire a photographer that shows one consistent style and expect or request something different entirely. Use caution hiring a photographer that showcases many different styles, as who know what you will end up with, right?
And, now for the hot-button. PRICE. Do you want digital images for scrapbooking and keep-saking? Will glorious wall displays fill your home with smiles and family joy? Is price the number one factor or can you budget for the quality and style that you are dreaming of? It is impossible to find good, cheap and fast all from one professional, right? Something has to give there. What is most important to you? Match it all up with the style you have narrowed down and get to booking. The fun of planning the session details from there with your photographer is absolutely part of the celebration’s fun!
TIP #2: Session Timing
I am an on-location photographer that uses the gorgeous sun for light, so this tip is paramount, critical…vital. Your session needs to be planned around optimal lighting to get the results that you are envisioning or you need to hire a photographer that uses off camera lighting to balance the harsher light mid-day. This can be difficult with a one year old, though, as many of them move on a whim, in a flash.
The first hour of light and the last hour of light on a clear day will absolutely produce softer, more even toned results. How does this mesh with your baby’s sleep schedule? It can require some tweaking to their nap schedule, but your investment that will last a lifetime and not be repeated warrants it. The location may have a shaded area that can work, but if you want no limitations for your session, timing is everything. No one wants harsh shadowed raccoon eyes, spots of over exposed skin from the sun or neon green/yellow tones from it being too bright in the background.
TIP #3 Patience is Key
For many, this is the FIRST time that anything big, brightly colored and sweet has been just plopped down in front of your little one. The most common thing is that they instantly look up at you with a “what in the world am I to do with this” face. It’s priceless and precious. Very few of my sweet babes ever tear into the cake with gusto. You often have to coax them to get it started. Those with older siblings can move a little quicker with it. Only the strong survive! Sometimes, THIS happens. Hey, it’s his party, he can cry if he wants too!
This needs to be a relaxed session, no stressing will benefit anyone involved. On this one simply scooped this handsome guy up, snuggled a bit, walk around and re-set when he was ready. You are looking for images to tell a story. A loving tale of your baby that is turning one. So much of a story can be created just by series of 5-10 images. Your child might not like being messy, dig in without help, or require Cheerios or another favorite snack to be hidden on the back side of the cake to get them to reach for the cake. Be prepared to just go with the flow, trust your photographer, work with what is right for them and you will be blown away by the sweet moments that are captured. Just have towels, wipes, etc. on hand for the clean-up IN CASE they really dig right on in elbow deep!
I hope these 3 cake smash session tips help you create a lasting memory and stunning imagery to treasure for a lifetime! Cake smash session’s with Holly Davis photography also include pre-cake portrait fun! Seriously, how fun is it to be ONE!