Meet Tate, who turned one a week ago. I’ve been photographing this guy since he was a bump, so it’s been lovely to watch him grow up. Mom is something of a shoot styling ninja, so we had no shortage of props and cool outfits for Tate’s first birthday cake smash shoot.
Studio shoots are in danger of being boring without the right planning and styling. Including props is a great way to add variety (these letters are available from Typo stores) and colour coordinating outfits is always aesthetically pleasing. The more forethought that goes into a portrait shoot, the better in my opinion and I always welcome ideas and input from my clients, after all they are the ones who will be looking at the photos on the wall at home, not me.
We took a bit of inspiration from Pinterest when we put the cake smash set together. Placing bunting and balloons so that they add to a photo rather than being a distraction is quite an art, thankfully there are lots of visual references available online – just search ‘cake smash shoot ideas’ on Pinterest and you’ll find lots of ideas.
The cake smash shoot all started quite sedately, but Tate very quickly made short work of the cake. Some small people don’t actually smash their cakes, so he did a great job and he ate quite a bit of it. When we were done, we let the dogs in to help clean up.
If you’d like some inspiration for your own cake smash shoot, please contact me by clicking here and I’d be happy to help you plan.
Lastly, I have to share this images from Tate’s newborn shoot. This is my award winning photograph (I was awarded the Admired in Africa 2015 Newborn Gold Award).