Monson Photography FAQ: What is a cake smash session?

January 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Oooooh!  Cake Smash Sessions are some of my FAVORITE sessions to photograph.  Currently, I offer them for babies who are turning or have just turned one year old. 

A Cake Smash Session begins with more traditional images of your child.  (You may choose to add in photos with mom and dad and/or siblings as well.)


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And end with the smash.  Baby is stripped down to a diaper cover or other attire and given their very own "smash" cake to enjoy and destroy.  Mom, Dad, and I laugh like crazy as we watch, I photograph, and baby discovers how amazing cake is.  Sometimes, even testing out how it feels on toes:


I absolutely love when a parent asks for a theme in advance and gives me a chance to put together something fun to meet their request.  However, if you don't have a preference for colors or a theme, I will gladly take the wheel and come up with something you'll be thrilled with!

Cake and outfits are typically provided by Monson Photography, although parents must provide the cake (and receive a slight discount) if their child is known to suffer from any food allergies.  You are also welcome to provide the cake smash wardrobe if you prefer to. 

Just a few that I've done include...

Hello Kitty

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Dr. Seuss

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And an orange/blue/white color theme.

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I love the challenge of coming up with custom backdrops and sets, and cake smashes offer a lot of opportunity for creativity.  We can customize your set to match a birthday party theme, nursery colors, or just something fun that you enjoy as parents.

Once the smash is over, I help Mom and Dad swoop in and clean up their frosting-coated baby.  One fun option for this portion is a tub time session, in which we break out the bubbles and continue to photograph as baby is in the tub.

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