Little Moneoa is such a lively little girl, she gave us a good workout during her cake smash session by playing fetch as she crawled all over the place. And just like a real princess she kept things classy by smashing her cake without getting to much of the sugary goodness on her.
Oh, and can we please get a round of applause for MOM, how beautiful is that dress!?
For all our cake smash sessions, parents can select any theme or colour scheme they want. When little Ndalo’s parents asked for yellow and pink, I decided to do something a little more than just bunting and balloons. I decided on a Busy Bee theme and I have to admit I simply LOOOOOVE the handmade backdrop we made for her.
Can you believe that Ndalo was our first girl in the studio for this year! Here is to many more little girls …
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.
With most of our cake smash sessions, the little ones need some encouragement to dig into the cake. Not little Emilio – he was a cake smash pro! He wend from a perfectly clean to buy to a human cake in a matter of minutes – there was icing everywhere. Happy Birthday Emilio, it was so much fun having you in the studio!
Little Callum, he reserved all his smiles for the photos with his Mom. For the rest of the cake smash he was very serious and focussed but very cute! When I brought out the aviator hat, Mom wasn’t expecting it to stay on for more than a minute but he surprised us by keeping it on until right to the end.
When Miriam asked for a white, yellow and red cake smash, the first thing that popped into my head was a Winnie the Pooh theme so we created a custom backdrop (beehive and all) for little Sean. He did such a great job smashing that cake, and those facial expressions and smiles are enough to melt any heart!
Little Colby came for her cake smash about six months ago. Unfortunately at that stage she had severe separation anxiety and after trying all the tricks in our book, we decided to postpone her session for 6 months and then do a paint splash session. And what a difference that time made! This time around she was a confident little girl with the most adorable facial expressions.
When it come to themes for cake smash sessions for boys, Mickey Mouse is always a very popular choice. And little Enkosi definitely made for one very cute mouse. The funniest moment during the session was when he had enough of the bowtie around his neck and simply removed before he continued smashing his cake.
I love photographing toddlers. At this age, you get nothing but honest reactions and their personalities really shine. Little Zion is one very busy boy, we had to work hard at getting him to sit relatively still for the portrait images but once he had a cake in front of him he had something to do – and boy did he do it WELL. All of us left the studio with blue icing after this cake smash.