This week I thought I would put my Cake Smash Sessions in the spotlight! Cake Smashes are one of my favourite photography sessions - they are such good fun and are defiantly an experience you won’t forget. The photoshoot is dedicated to your baby’s first Birthday!
I will come to you with my whole kit and wardrobe. You can get as messy as you like. My Cake Smashes are tailored to your little one’s personality, favourite themes, colours, foods etc. The session is full of exploration, clapping, singing ‘Happy Birthday’, dancing and of course, tasting the yummy cake. It’s not just a photoshoot but a play session with balloons and exploring.
Firstly, we’ll arrange a meet up, plan and create a mood board. There are a lot of places to get inspiration for your cake smash. Pinterest is a great place, check out all the colourful session or beautiful cakes. Instagram has some fab concepts and prop ideas. My suggestion is make sure everything colour matches and not make your photoshoot too busy. The main element of the photoshoot is your child and the cake.
The decorations are provided by me and included in the price for a stress free session. I will make and draw up some ideas first based off the images you have seen on the internet. The aim is the create an unique and special photoshoot just for you. I will cut out, stick together and paint your perfect background. When it comes to props, balloons, pom-poms, buntings and decorative fans - I will hunt out the best and set up a dreamy wonderland for your baby. If you wanted something natural, we can use a park or your garden with a picnic set -up.
THE OUTFITS - When you comes to outfits, the advise I give - less is better. Nothing is prettier then a pink tut tut and belly! For the boys, shorts and braces look super cute. If you are going for a character theme you can also try animal rompers and onsies - just bare in mind these will be covered in cake. Then you can choose crowns or hats? For a boy you might wanna try a bow-tie and leggings! Pearls for a girl with a sweet flowery headband. Make a big statement or go natural!
The Photoshoot is baby lead! What does that mean?
Sometimes children hate cake and mess, so we help out in stages. We are telling a story about the Cake Smash from start to finish. I try not to make these sessions too long, too much sugar can make your little one sick - so we will decide how much your baby eats and help make the mess. But It doesn’t take away from the experience, your baby can still play, squeeze and throw cake.
Gift Vouchers are available for this session, just give me a message to plan your wonderful birthday surprise! xxx
Many lovely families will be facing the sad truth that they will not be able to capture their little baby’s newborn photographs by a professional photographer during the Coronavirus outbreak.
However I am here to help! I have put together a little guide for those who wish to take some amazing baby photographs at home. These can be taken on your iPhone, so don’t worry if you don’t have the latest camera technology!
Number one rule: Always use the light, you may not have a lighting kit hidden away in the garage but you have the Sun, the best source if continuous light!
Natural photography is timeless and dreamy, you can create some fantastic soft images.
Tips for lighting:
Now that you have worked out your natural lighting, lets get baby ready for the shots! Your baby will love cosy and warm spaces, so make sure to put up the temperature before you undress and settle the baby into any position. The room should be 25-28 degrees, don’t forget that mummy’s tummy is at least 35 degrees, so any less than 25 will be too cold! If you use a heater, never direct the heat towards your baby! It should be place at at lest 1 meter away and the stream of heat at an angle away from your little one. Keep an eye on baby’s colour, we don’t want a hot flush!
Tips for posing
You’ll want to capture your baby’s rolls and details (hands, feet and ears) make sure you get these shots first as the little one is settling into a dreamy sleep. You’ll want to remember these sweet details.
We’ll keep the poses easy and minimal!
Without training most of the poses you see on Pinterest or on a professional photographer’s website are unsafe without the right knowledge and training. Please don’t place your babies into any buckets and boxes etc. Again, a professional photographer is trained for these specialised shots - do not try these! If you really want something like that, book a 6 month old sitter session or first birthday cake smash with your photographer later on.
It's hard to get this right, without a third person - but you can take turns holding baby, cuddling or baby cheeck to cheek. You could also try setting a timer and quickly cosy together on the sofa or bed.
If it isn't possible to take a photograph, try making a video - set up you iPhone have it resting on something stable and press play - get a lovely video of you all as a family cuddling and playing. You can lay baby down then you and your partner come over top and both look down at baby, smiling or making noises (it won't look silly).
If you are using a phone you have an endless choice of apps. Snapseed, Instasize, Picsart are all great - you can crop, alter contrast, brightness and colour tones.
If you are using a compact camera, upload your images and make sure they are formatted as Jpeg or Jpg. Download Affinty Photo or use any photo editing program already on your computer. There are a lot of tutorials out there!
I hope you found this helpful, if you have any questions ask me!
I would also love to see some of your images!
Take care and stay safe xxx
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