5 Secrets For Adorable Cake Smash Photos

baby at cake smash photography session for first birthday
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We asked a photographer to share her tips for making this seriously cute (and messy) moment a smashing success.
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You might expect baby will be eager to get messy, but Muniz says most kids need a little extra coaxing to know what to do. “Letting the baby get comfortable and explore on their own takes time,” she says. She suggests giving baby a cupcake to practice with before the big day. Having a chance to feel the different textures and see bright colors ahead of time can lead to fewer surprises and a smoother experience when all eyes (and the camera) are on them.

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Is there really such a thing as a “wrong cake”? Well, maybe not when it comes to dessert, but for the best mess at a cake smash, go with buttercream or whipped cream frosting over fondant. Soft icing is easier for baby to grasp and squeeze, not to mention eat. Bright colors, sprinkles or a favorite character can also catch baby’s curious eye and make him want to reach out and touch. If that’s not enough, “put something on top of or near the cake to gain the child’s attention at first sight,” Muniz says. Hiding a favorite, familiar snack behind the cake could encourage baby to dig in.

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The key to a stress-free session is proper preparation. Set up a large area, maybe even on the floor, where baby will be free to move around and…

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