Cake Smash Session Guide

Turning one is a major milestone, not only for your baby but for you as a parent too. You have made it through the first year of babyhood! This calls for a celebration, with cake!

Wardrobe – Cake Smash

I have a number of outfits for baby cake smash sessions, you are welcome to use one of these or bring something from home. I will take a couple of ‘clean’ photos at the beginning of the session without the cake, you can bring a different outfit for these clean photos if you wish.

Please remember your child will be making a mess with a colourful cake, they will want cuddles, they will want to go crawl/walk about and they may possibly even want to feed you cake, Ummmm yummy! So I strongly recommend that you wear clothing that is not your best and not white (your ‘just chillin’ house clothes are best). You are more than welcome to bring a change of clothes for this.

Cake & Decorations

Your baby’s photo session includes background decorations to really set the 1st birthday mood. I also provide a 3 tier round vanilla cake with frosting colour of your choice. If your child has allergies you will be required to supply your own cake, please make sure that the cake has soft frosting and not one that forms a hard crust as these will not make the intended mess we want. Please introduce your baby to cake a couple of times prior to the cake smash session, a cupcake with soft frosting would be best and let them make a mess of themselves with it. This will get them use to the texture and taste, so the session is not so overwhelming for them.

Please bring

  • A drink water/milk in a bottle for them to drink from during the cake smash.
  • Clean clothes for your baby to wear home
  • Your childs favourite toy (ball, rattle or squeaky toy etc)
  • Music – if they have some songs they love to dance/bop to make sure you have them on your phone – Youtube or Spotify is great for this. Music can turn a unhappy baby into a happy one 🙂

Family mini session

If you have booked the mini family session please read the below wardrobe information to guide you on what to wear for parents and/or siblings for the family photos.

In person viewing

Once we have taken the photos you will be able to view them all straight away and select a collection most suited to you based on the amount of photos you would like to purchase.  This can take approximately 30 – 60 minutes.


Wardrobe tip:  The four clothing idea photos below – these are really to give you an idea on how to co-ordinate your clothing colours – as shown try to keep any patterned tops to one person and then pull colours from that outfit to wear as solid colours for others.


For baby girls, you can’t go wrong with cute dresses.

For baby boys, jeans and polos or a button-up shirt, or a T-shirt (with no logos) can be very cute.

Bring outfits for your baby that are light or dark monotones which drives the attention in the photos to their face and expressions instead of loud prints or colours.


A subtle application of make-up can really soften your skin and accent your facial features. Natural looking fake lashes can flatter your eyes.

For wardrobe, long or 3/4-sleeve tops are very flattering. If you wear jewellery, aim for subtlety and be aware of its twisting and turning. A fresh coat of nail polish will make a world of a difference in your photoshoot. Pick a neutral colour that won’t distract in your shoot or clash with your outfits.


Be freshly shaved, apply moisturising after-shave lotion to avoid bumps and redness. Trim up your beard, sideburns, moustache or goatee. Make sure your nails are clean and trimmed.

Wear jeans or pants, tucked polo or dress shirt with a belt, or go causal with just a V-neck T-shirt or untucked polo, button-up short sleeves, etc.


Siblings and baby don’t have to match perfectly, just coordinate. You can’t go wrong with light or dark monotones, which will help the eyes focus on their beautiful faces rather than loud clothing.


Wear cute dresses or skirt and top and don’t forget accessories like headbands.


Jeans and polos, button-up shirt or t-shirt works well.