Make sure your baby is nice and rested. A well baby is a happy baby
Introduce you baby to the touch/ feel of cake/sugar a few times before the session (whip cream, ice cream are recommended)
The session lasts about 1 hour.
The first 20-30 minutes is compromised of milestone pictures in which we capture your little on in at least two different background in 3 different outfits. Parents or siblings can also be included in that time.
If you would like to help make your child laugh, please stand directly behind me and not off on the side
Avoid colorful drinks, lollipops or anything that will stain their teeth, mouths or cheeks within 24 hours.
Things to Bring
-Snack (cheerios or puffs) in case they don't like the cake. We can hide it in the cake, they normally get curious and start to dig it which looks like your little one is actually interested to eat the cake.
-One of their favorite toy
-Cake smash and portrait outfit (if not chosen from our closet)
-Change of clothes for parents (just in case)
-Towel to use after the bath
What to expect after our session
If you signed the model release you will receive a sneak peek in at least 72 hours.
If you did not sign the model release you will only receive your images within 2 weeks after the session date.
Your gallery will be ready for proofing within 2 weeks, you will receive a link for viewing/download through email.
Choosing or making the cake
Select a small cake, approximately 6 or 8 inches around.
Whether you making the cake yourself or having it made, please consider the followings:
Please make sure the cake is placed onto a cake round (something that can be used to transfer the cake easily from one surface to another), a piece of cardboard cut into a circle and covered in aluminum foil works just as well if you are making the cake yourself.
Think of light and pastel colors for the cake itself.
PLEASE avoid red and chocolate cake at all costs
If you are bringing your own outfits for the smash and the outfit includes a tie, glasses, crown or any other accessories your baby is not used to.
I recommend parents to try accessories on baby for at least a week before the session.
Let your baby wear it everyday for about 10 minutes. Eventually it will become normal to them and we will have a successful smash.
After the milestone portrait we begin by taking pictures of your little one in their cake smash outfit before introducing the cake. Once we bring in the cake the session takes about approximately 15-20 minutes.
We hope that your little one makes a huge mess, that's the all point of this session and most fun of the day.
As some little ones dig right in and destroy the cake, others need a lit bit of time and encouragement.
PLEASE never grab their face and put them into the cake. Instead put your hands in first, play with the food yourself. Give them as much time as needed, be patient, show them what to do, how to play but never force, it might be scare them at first.
Only bring those who are going to be photographed
Please use a face mask before entering the studio
Remove or cover your shoes at the door
You will notice a yellow line on the floor once you arrive at the studio, all subjects that is not being photographed must stand behind the line unless assistance is required.
3302 Neighbor rd | St. Joseph, MO
[Please come on in, you can park in front of the garage and come in through the big glass door]