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3 M O N T H S: Baby is usually holding their head up. Also getting a little chubbier, curious about the world, smiling and sometimes giggling, and drooling up a storm. This is when we will photograph all the little things that you love so much – the drooly grin, those adorable rolls and the tiny hands that hold our hearts. Dress the baby in loose clothing for the trip as we start the session with a diaper cover.
6 M O N T H S: Baby is sitting up well, unassisted. Baby is more independent and will often smile at will. They love being the center of attention, and, often they’re not quite mobile which can make for the ideal subject! This is a fun session – baby enjoys our company as much as we enjoy theirs!
9 M O N T H S: Baby is standing and able to hold on. Baby is also smart, funny, busy, curious. Your baby may have a bit of ‘stranger anxiety’ or just be very attached to mom or dad. We’ve found that by taking it slow and making friends in the beginning we can often overcome most initial hesitation or fear.
| F I R S T Y E A R – C A K E S M A S H |
The cake smash session, a trend that is steadily gaining in the list of special moments of a child’s first year. A moment where you need an experienced, professional photographer to capture the wide variety of emotions. Here are somethings to keep in mind:
S A F E T Y: I am big on baby safety in all my sessions whether newborn or cake smash. A baby may be allergic to wheat, egg, or refined sugar among other things. For that reason, I always ask the parents to bring the cake.
D E S I G N: I suggest that parents get a professional cake. The results are much better. I don’t recommend large cakes, a small cake is perfect. Most clients like the ‘Giant Cupcake’.
P R A C T I C E: Remember the baby is just one year old, and is often shy of exploring a new texture, shape or taste. Especially when surrounded by adults making funny noises. So, take away the anxiety. I suggest that parents practice at home, with a cupcake and create a similar environment i.e. everyone sits on the floor. This will also help in uncovering any allergies not known to parents earlier.
P L A N A T H E M E: I always ask parents about their kiddos favorite toy, book or character. Then we plan a theme around it. Some cake smash sessions just go around 2-3 colors instead of a character.
T O B R I N G: Extra pair of clothes for all family members attending. Wipes, and bags to take the dirty clothes home.
B O O K I N A D V A N C E: Book your session early so that you get the date you want. Some parents want to use their cake smash pictures for their child’s birthday for invitations or to print out and display. In this case, the session should be done at least 3-4 weeks before the event.