Edmonton Cake Smash Photography

Get ready to experience the sweetest milestone, messiest memories!

Get ready to experience the sweetest milestone, messiest memories!

01.

What is an Edmonton cake smash session?

TREND

The trend of celebrating a child’s first birthday with an Edmonton cake smash photography session has recently skyrocketed in popularity. This session, often called a “1st Birthday Cake Smash,” offers a fun-filled opportunity to capture cherished memories. It involves dressing your little one in adorable attire, providing a cake, and joining me to capture the magic!

THEME

Together, we’ll select a theme that perfectly reflects your child’s personality. I will embellish the set with balloons, tissue pom-poms, and various props to complement the cake and attire. While some toddlers enthusiastically dive into the cake, others may need a bit of encouragement to embrace the mess. Nevertheless, it’s a joyous way to commemorate this significant milestone before they transition into the toddler years.

JOIN THE FUN

Witnessing their priceless expressions as they interact with the cake is heartwarming and serves as a delightful contrast to our efforts to maintain cleanliness in previous months. It’s crucial not to miss out on capturing these precious moments before they outgrow them!

02.

The Process

When to book?

Ideally, the best time to book a first birthday cake smash session is about two to three months before their birthday. You can book milestone sessions around significant stages in your child’s life. You will choose a package that suits your needs and book the session. I will need a $100 non-refundable deposit to book a session to secure your spot. The balance of the package is due on the day of the session.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR SESSION?

After you receive your confirmation, we can start planning the theme, your style preferences, and what you are trying to achieve with your milestone session. I will help you select the cake and coordinate the outfit preparations. Additionally, I will provide tips to ensure your child is ready for a successful cake smash session.

CHOOSING A THEME:

on the day of session?

The goal is to create a fun, relaxed environment that your child will enjoy. We will sit back and enjoy your child’s expressions while ensuring they feel comfortable. Parents will be actively involved in the process, and likely help smash the cake.

Outfits:

You must provide all cake smash outfits. Depending on the package you select, more outfit changes are available. For non-cake smash sets/outfits, you are welcome to use any of the outfits I have in my Little’s Closet:

on the day of session?

Within two weeks after your session appointment, you’ll receive a link to a preview of your online gallery from the cake smash session. From here, you choose your favourite images based on the package you selected. You have an option to purchase additional photos if you wish.

after the session?

Within two weeks after your session appointment, you’ll receive a link to a preview of your online gallery from the cake smash session. From here, you choose your favourite images based on the package you selected. You have an option to purchase additional photos if you wish.

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edmonton first birthday photography session with travel airplane background
edmonton first birthday photography session with travel airplane background
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03.

PRICING

Edmonton Cake Smash Photography Session

ALL PREVIOUS CLIENTS RECEIVE

$50.00 OFF

Cannot be used on mini sessions or combined with any other offers.

AGES – 6 MONTHS (SITTING UP UNASSISTED) AND OLDER

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MINI CHILD SESSION

$300

20 min session

One Child, One Outfit, One Backdrop

Cake Smash and Milk Baths Optional

Access to little’s client closet, flower headbands and crowns, hats, suspenders, bow ties, and accessories (cannot be used for cake smash or milk bath)

Viewing gallery

Your choice of 5 professionally edited and retouched digital images

*Additional digital packages, prints, and products sold separately.
**Client supplies cake smash outfits and cake

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SIMPLE CHILD SESSION

$400

45 min session

One Child, TWO Outfits, TWO Backdrops

Cake Smash and Milk Baths Optional

Access to little’s client closet, flower headbands and crowns, hats, suspenders, bow ties, and accessories (cannot be used for cake smash or milk bath)

Viewing gallery

Your choice of 10 professionally edited and retouched digital images

*Additional digital packages, prints, and products sold separately.
**Client supplies cake smash outfits and cake

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SWEET CHILD SESSION

$500

60 min session

One Child, THREE Outfits, THREE Backdrops

Cake Smash and Milk Baths Optional

Access to little’s client closet, flower headbands and crowns, hats, suspenders, bow ties, and accessories (cannot be used for cake smash or milk bath)

Viewing gallery

Your choice of 15 professionally edited and retouched digital images

*Additional digital packages, prints, and products sold separately.
**Client supplies cake smash outfits and cake

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ELITE CHILD SESSION

$800

60 min session

One Child, THREE Outfits, THREE Backdrops

Cake Smash and Milk Baths Optional

Access to little’s client closet, flower headbands and crowns, hats, suspenders, bow ties, and accessories (cannot be used for cake smash or milk bath)

Viewing gallery

11×14 float wrap

Your choice of 25 professionally edited and retouched digital images

*Additional digital packages, prints, and products sold separately.
**Client supplies cake smash outfits and cake

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COMPLETE CHILD SESSION

$1200

60 min session

One Child, THREE Outfits, THREE Backdrops

Cake Smash and Milk Baths Optional

Access to little’s client closet, flower headbands and crowns, hats, suspenders, bow ties, and accessories (cannot be used for cake smash or milk bath)

Viewing gallery

11×14 float wrap

2- mini accordion albums

1 – 5×5 lay flat coffee album 20 pages

Your choice of 35 professionally edited and retouched digital images

*Additional digital packages, prints, and products sold separately.
**Client supplies cake smash outfits and cake

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04. GOT SOME QUESTIONS?


Please get in touch with me directly through the website form. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure a spot.

If you want your images back before your child’s birthday, please ensure the session date is 4-6 weeks prior. I typically book three or more months in advance, so I recommend booking when your child is approximately 6-9 months old for a first birthday cake smash session.

  • Outfit(s): bring your outfit and accessories to the session.
  • Cake: Remove the cake from the fridge a few hours before the session so the icing can soften. You can consider getting a smash cake from a bakery or making your own 6-inch cake with 2-3 tiers. Avoid chocolate cake, red, brown, black, or navy icing and fondant, which can be difficult for babies to chew and might be a choking hazard.
  • Clean up: Bring an extra outfit for the baby and possibly one for yourself, as you will most likely get dirty. Don’t wear anything too nice if you don’t want the icing to stain your outfit. Also, bring wet wipes/cloths and a towel to help with cleaning your child afterward.
  • Baby: Make sure the baby is well-fed and has had a nap before the session. This will ensure an alert, happy session.
  • Expectations: Some children dislike or are scared of cake. It will help if you introduce cake with the same-colored icing several times prior to the session to help them become familiar with a food they have never seen before. Try to let go of any expectations you might have. Your baby can feel your stress, so just relax and go with the flow of your baby.
  • Snacks: It is beneficial to bring small, one-bite snacks that are not messy, ideally Cheerios or Puffs. This can be very helpful in getting your child to stay or reach for the cake.
  • A large spoon or wooden spoon in case your child doesn’t love eating with their hands.
Your Child is the Boss

No matter how much we try to prepare, your child will dictate how the day goes, right? Always remember to keep your expectations low—seriously, very low.

Introduce new things
  • Some things that may help:
  • Introduce your child to new textures, shapes, and tastes.
  • Try a cake or cupcake or two beforehand. Encourage your child to touch it, play with it, and even wear it if they want!
  • Use the same color icing on a cupcake or similar-sized cake to keep it close to the actual situation.
  • When your child engages with the cake, go wild! Get excited and crazy so that when the actual cake smash session happens, your child won’t be surprised by the chaos.
  • Practice on the floor with a plastic tablecloth underneath. Yes, sitting on the floor with your child would be best. Embrace your inner child!
  • Sometimes, putting little sprinkles on the cake can help entice your child to pick at them, so feel free to bring some along.
  • Some children like to use a spoon, so bring one along!

Due to unknown allergies in small children, I do not provide the cakes. You can purchase a cake from any bakery or grocery store.

What colour of icing?

I would recommend vanilla cake with white, naked, pink, purple, turquoise, light green, or light blue, as they match very well with most backdrops. Icing colors to avoid; brown/chocolate (looks like poop on the face!), red (looks like blood), black, and dark blue (stains face and teeth).

Type of icing and size of cake?

The cake should be about 6″ and two layers of cake.   The best icing is whipped cream or a soft buttercream frosting, which is easy to dig into and makes your child’s face messy! (What we are looking for!) Fondant cakes, as pretty as they are,  don’t work as well; there is no icing for them to get messy with!    I have a small cake stand you can use 7″ diameter.  If you have your own, feel free to bring it or use no cake stand at all.  Sometimes, it will be tipped over with a cake stand!
Here are some recommendations (in no particular order):

Mini sessions are 20 minutes, simple sessions are 45 minutes, and full sessions are one hour.

You will receive your online gallery within two weeks of your session date and the final retouched images within two weeks of submitting your order.

You have 48 hours to select once you log into your gallery.

All themed cake smash sessions are held in my home studio in St. Albert, AB. If you would like an outdoor session, we will determine the best location for what you are trying to achieve.

YES! I will take some images before the cake smash session.

I will provide any non-helium balloons for the sets that are put on sticks. If you require a helium balloon for your session, you must bring it with you. Remember that the large “number” balloons don’t usually end up facing the right direction during the session.

YES! You can create or ask for a unique cake smash theme that you cannot find in my gallery. However, there will be an additional cost of $150.00, and I will require at least two months’ notice to prepare by ordering props and backdrops.

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