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Our First Cake Smash ~ Birthday Portraits

 
Cake smash sessions have been an interest of mine since I started seeing them around. Actually, 9 years ago for my daughters birthday I made her a mini cake to go along with the main cake with the specific purpose of letting her trash it. I just didn't have a portrait business at the time to turn it into special portraits.

(We started with some clean shots so this session wasn't just about messy cake)


So when I had the inquiry I thought how could I refuse.  I'm always up for trying new things and I love the challenge of trying new portraits and putting my skills and creativity to the test. 

(Mum thought she'd try her in a dress even though dresses aren't really their thing.  Her daughter proved her right in that she clearly does not like dresses either)
 
Luckily my client had some ideas of her own. She supplied the bunting, which she had already purchased.  She also supplied the cake and the cloth nappy which together provided great balance in the images. At first I wasn't sure about the bold colours as I don't often use them.  But the more I thought about it the more I liked the idea. 


I was thrilled with the experience and the results. I'm not sure though if it was down to having an easy baby or an easy setting.  She was so lovely to work with.  She wasn't always stationary but we were able to hold her attention for a great deal of the session. 


And a happier baby we couldn't have asked for, until she accidently got her foot full of icing that is.  She wasn't terribly thrilled with this. 


Anyway, having never done one of these before, nor having much knowledge of what such a session entails, I decided to start with a few portraits without the cake.  I tried to limit this though so that we didn't waste all the good smiles before the cake was introduced.  I followed this with a few of the cake on its own. 


And then we let her in to do as she pleased with the cake.  It was only seconds before her fingers were in the icing and then in her mouth.  Without our help though she never would have reached down to the actual cake and I doubt she would have made much of a mess.  But that made it more fun and tasty for us.  I just love cake.  And I truly loved the results of this session.  I couldn't have been happier with the final results. 

 
 
If your child is about to celebrate a birthday and fancy giving this a go please get in touch as I'd love to do this again.  And don't think your child needs to be turning 1 to do this as I'm sure a second or third birthday would work just as well. 
 
Ring us on 01455 611069 or send me an email at christina_lauder@btconnect.com

Comments

G Aunt Peggy said…
LWOW Hadley loves cake just like the rest of us. Very expressive!

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