January 12, 2024
As your little one’s first birthday draws near, you’re likely thinking about the best way to capture these fleeting moments. A cake smash photoshoot, a trend that has gained plenty of popularity over the years, offers a fun and memorable way to celebrate this milestone. As a photographer specializing in children’s photography and heirloom cake smash sessions, I focus on creating timeless, pure, and simple images that spotlight your child’s unique personality, both in my studio and on location.
Cake smash photography is more than just a portrait session; it’s a celebration of your child’s first year. It captures the joy, surprise, and sometimes hilarious reactions of your little one as they delve into their birthday cake. Don’t be shocked if they don’t want to touch it though. Some babies are definitely a bit skeptical of the cake at first! First birthday photo sessions with cake have become a favorite among parents who want to mark their child’s birthday in a unique way.
I’m sure you’ve seen cake smash sessions all over your social media feeds featuring babies among tons of props and balloons. My approach is to create timeless and simple heirloom quality images you could display in your home. Whether in the controlled environment of my studio or amidst the natural beauty of an outdoor location, I strive to make your child the star of the show.
Selecting a photographer whose style aligns with your vision is crucial. As I mentioned above, if you are looking for lots of props and balloons, I might not be the best fit for this session. When reviewing portfolios, look for images that emphasize simplicity and focus on the child. My portfolio, for instance, showcases how I capture the essence of each child against minimalistic backdrops, both in studio settings and in natural outdoor environments.
Preparing for a cake smash session with me is pretty simple. Most of my clients love a small 6″ white cake. Please make sure that is safe and easy for your child to interact with, especially if allergies are a concern. Susie Cakes is a local Carlsbad bakery that has great options. I also offer complimentary access to my client closet full of adorable baby clothes or bring your own favorite outfit!
During the session, collaboration with your photographer is key. I always encourage natural light and simple backgrounds to enhance your child’s features. Keeping your child engaged and happy is essential for capturing those candid, joyful moments.
After the session, consider how to preserve these memories. Timeless and simple images like the ones I create are perfect for albums, wall art, and other keepsakes that fit seamlessly into any home decor.
Choosing my services means opting for a photographer who values the purity and simplicity of childhood. My approach ensures that your child remains the focus, whether in a studio setting or an outdoor location.
As you plan your child’s first birthday celebration, consider a cake smash photoshoot or first birthday photography session as a unique and joyful way to commemorate this milestone. With my focus on creating timeless, child-centric images, I am here to capture the essence of your child’s first big day. Contact me to book a session that promises not just photos, but cherished memories for years to come. For more tips on family photography you can check out this blog post on working with older babies here. If you’d like to see more samples of my work you can head over to my website or my Instagram page! I hope to capture some memories for you soon!
Tristan Quigley Photography specializes in luxury maternity, newborn & family photography in San Diego, California and the surrounding areas including Carlsbad, Encinitas and La Jolla.
Our portrait studio is located at:
7040 Avenida Encinias #205
Carlsbad, CA 92011