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5 Must Know Tips for a 1st Birthday Cake Smash!

By Rochelle McLennan from A la Roch


Research, research, research. Look at local photographer’s Facebook and website to see if you like their style and weight it against price and inclusions. A lot of the local photographers I work with are Mums (which is a bonus in my book), they work from a natural light studio from their home or on location.

Cake Smash packages can be simple and just include the 15 minutes of fun saved on a USB or they could include the cost of the cake and a family shoot prior to smashing the cake.

Save photos of the different settings you like and start communication once you have decided. Photos of the setting and props will help the session run smoothly and expectations being met.


After looking at local photographers photos and photos online you will know what you like and dislike. Some prefer the natural dark oak or outside setting whilst others the crisp white with coloured accents. Both are amazing, just make sure your photographers offers the style your after.


The look of the cake is somewhat important, but also how it smashes. I personally take pride in creating a little artwork for the one year old to enjoy, using a soft, messy icing that I have perfected throughout my years of decorating. Word of advice on the cake, stay clear of chocolate… whilst you might think your baby would prefer it… you won’t when the photos come back and it looks like they eating… well you can work that out!


Decide your colour scheme and highlight it with a cute frilly romper or classic nappy cover and bow tie. Check with the photographer if they include this as some have set outfits for you to wear instead of going to the expense of buying your own.


Ask the photographer what is included in the package. Common props in a smash shoot include balloons, bunting and cake. Some photographers offer a smash and splash session where your bub is photographed in the tub afterwards which is perfect and then you’re not travelling home with a naked 1 year old covered in sugar!