This was the first Smash Cake Session I have done, it’s only appropriate that it was for my own little guy! I planned on having a professional make the cake for us, but funds were running low and I just couldn’t justify spending $40 on a gorgeous cake that my baby was just going to smash up! Plus, it’s full of sugar that he doesn’t really need right?! He ADORES watermelon and I had thought at one point to sub a watermelon in the place of a cake. Though the more I thought about it….I was worried that it wouldn’t have the same impact, or that the watermelon wouldn’t be easily grabbed at, then he’d lose patience and the shoot would be over. That kids LOVES food and if it’s in front of him and not getting in his mouth one way or another, he certainly lets the world know he is unhappy! I mean look at that chunk!! It takes a lot to maintain it! So I ended up with a cake after all. Maceys Groceries actually will make free 5″ cakes for your 1 yr old! They will decorate it though, which was great but I wanted a certain color theme. My little guy loves the color orange so I wanted an orange and blue theme. In came my mother-in-law to the rescue! She makes amazing cakes for each of our birthdays. I didn’t want to ask her to make it because she was getting ready for a songwriter’s conference in Ohio. But she volunteered to make the fondant dots for me and put them on and even added a layer!! (Awww! Sweet lady! She’s the greatest Mother-in-law ever! I’m very lucky!)
Cake = Check, 1-year = Check, Photographer = Check! Venue….I was nervous enough about having to clean up a baby from all the cake…cleaning cake out of my carpet just didn’t seem fun! My studio flooring might get stained. Shower curtain? Perhaps….but I thought with these gorgeous days why not just do it outside! So we found this great little spot with this whimsical hill in the background! And the following is what we got from all that! The cute plush props and hat were given to my baby from his Auntie in NM! I just LOVE the little plush camera! It’s perfect!
I definitely had a blast with the Smash Cake session! I adore my kiddos!