Cake Smash Prep Information
In order to get the most our of our cake smash session, please read ALL of this information over carefully.
I am so excited to do this session with you! They are truly the most fun sessions I do!
Remember the cake is the second most important part of our set up. Please invest in your cake!!! I can recommend a baker if you need one. If you would like to keep it on the inexpensive side and simple, Rouses is fabulous with simple smash cakes. Just be sure to mention it's for a cake smash photography session. Ask your baker to make the cardboard base they decorate the cake on to be as close to the size of your cake as possible, and a matching color with our theme. (Gold with a silver accented theme doesn't flow and visa versa!) The cake is not something you want to pick up at the last minute and end up settling for something that doest go well with the session theme and decor. When choosing a cake consider the color. Red can look like blood. Brown/black can look like dirt/poop. Avoid a cake made completely of fondant. Fondant is hard and will not "smash" and could also be a choking hazard.
The week before:
A trial run works in your favor, so do this! Buy a cheap plastic table cloth and let your little one sit on the floor, give them a cupcake or mini cake from the grocery store and let them go to town. I've found allowing them to do this before the smash makes them a little more comfortable sitting on the ground trying to eat cake here with lights and a camera in their face.
Morning of our session, be sure to take the cake out of the fridge in plenty of time to soften up to room temperature.
Please give your child snack and not a full meal before the session, we want them to be hungry (but not hangry!) when we smash some cake! Please bring all their favorite treats, toys and items just in case we need incentives! Don't wear your best clothes mama! Prepare to work out a little or a lot. If your baby is mobile, you will likely be corralling him/her (repeatedly) and placing them back in the spot where I will be photographing them. You might sweat but it will be so worth it! Bring a change of clothes if you have plans after the session.
Bring something your baby LOVES to eat! That means if they love strawberries or mango, broccoli or cucumbers, donuts or chicken nuggets then bring it with you. Sometimes puffs just won’t do. If baby doesn’t want to eat cake we want them to want to eat something, so PLEASE pack food your child likes that is small and easily picked up and placed behind/in/around the cake. Pouches and yogurt won’t work, it needs to be something solid. Think of things they like that are hand held and small that we can hide in or around the cake.
-Outfit for pre smash portion of the session.
-Outfit for smash portion.
-Any accessories, props, and outfits for the cake smash you may have and want to use.
-Have any banners strung and ready to hang, and any other props put together and ready to go. We do not want to waste time putting things together that could have been prepped in advance!
-Bring a pair of clean socks for any adults helping. No shoes or bare feet will be allowed on the surface of the set where your baby will be eating off the ground at some point!
-Bring wipes and a towel for clean up! You will not be able to bathe baby at the studio.
- Bring extra clothes for yourself if you have plans immediately after our session.
***If you've booked a Smash and Splash Session with a tub clean up included, please bring your bubbles/soap if your baby has any skin issues/allergies, or if you've never used a variety of brands. We do not want to encounter an allergy for the first time at our session. I always have Babyganics bubblebath on hand that you are welcome to use.
(You can upgrade to add a tub clean up to your session, just make sure to let me know in advance. The flooring changes with this option, so we can NOT add it after we've begun!)
*During the session and clean up time, please keep baby corralled to the backdrop. This will keep the mess contained to one spot and not drug all over my studio and prop room. No siblings are allowed in the studio at any point during the cake smash. Please inform helpers of this rule as well.
Just a little Warning. Sometimes the babies hate the cake, me, and well let’s face it, life. It's tough being one. Oftentimes they love it. It could go either way, so expectations for how long your little one will last during the entire session should be reasonable based on their personality and ability to adapt in new situations. I am well versed on how to overcome objections and make it appear as if they had a wonderful time even if they don't. Either way, it will be adorable! Just trust me. And don't stress mama!! Our babies feed off our emotions, so make this fun!
***If your child wakes up sick with a snotty runny nose that is not clear or allergy related, coughing, fever, or vomiting, (or fever or vomiting w/in 24 hours) please call me ASAP to discuss rescheduling options. Not only will your baby be cranky when away from home while sick, but also, I work with newborns and try to keep illness out of the studio for the safety of my littlest clients. PLEASE DO NOT BOOK A SESSION THE DAY AFTER/DAY OF SHOTS! Babies need a little time to recover from shots and can be cranky, feverish and even in pain after. We want your little one to be in the best mood possible for their session, so consider all these things to ensure all the elements are working for us! I absolutely do not mind rescheduling, at no cost, to make sure we have the best possible outcome if you contact me in advance. But I will not reschedule or prolong a session for an unhappy sick baby if you chose to bring them anyway.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
My in home studio address is:
103 Saint John Cir
Covington La 70433
My number is: 985-264-0108