When a photo session includes babies or toddlers, the best thing to do is to expect the unexpected – their behaviour is as predictable as the Cape Town weather. But there is a couple of things you can do to swing the odds in your favour.

Tip 1: Discuss any allergies and conditions with your photographer.

Babies can be allergic to eggs or gluten and it’s extremely important for us to know this, but we also need to know about medical conditions. For example, at the end of the cake smash we give your baby a bubble bath to help with the cleaning up as well as giving us more photo opportunities. But if your baby has eczema, we will omit the bubble as it may aggravate the condition.

Tip 2: About a week before the session, give your baby a cupcake to play with.

This will achieve two things. Firstly, it will get your baby used to the texture of the icing sugar otherwise they might get freaked out a bit on the big day. Secondly, up until now your baby has probably not been exposed to sugar that much and they will need to get used to the sweetness a little. BUT don’t be alarmed about the sugar intake on the day, they actually eat very little cake or icing.

Tip 3: Arrive 10-15 minutes early.

If you show up late, you will have less time in front the camera. Your session is scheduled for a specific time slot and we will probably have a session after you or the first thing the next morning. So after you leave we jump into clean up mode and then do the setup for the next session.

Tip 4: Bring along a favourite toy but keep it hidden.

If you little sees it, it may end up in every single photo. But we can always use that to help them settle in in a new environment if we need too.

Tip 5: Bring bite size snacks along. 

Again, we are going to play the hiding game! Sometimes babies can be a bit hesitant to dig into the cake. Hiding a snack may help to get them started.

Tip 6: Bring along a set of clean clothes for you. 

Cake smashes are messy and you will have some icing on you at the end of the session. So we recommend bringing a set of clean clothes for everyone.

Bonus tip: Have fun!

This is a big moment for you as parents – you survived year 1! Relax, have fun and celebrate this moment.