So it's your baby's First Birthday? Where did that year go? Sleepless nights, coo's and giggles, Rolling over-sitting-crawling-walking, driving you nuts, then making your heart burst with happiness. It's been an entire year since you labored to bring this sweet baby into the world and you are both still alive and well! This is a huge milestone for you both! So celebrate in a way that will preserve them this way FOREVER!
Celebrate their first year birthday by smashing some cake! It's an experience. It could be great or it could be "interesting". They are officially toddlers at this point and beginning to show some serious personality! This can make for a super awesome session or a super interesting session. But no matter we will get them comfortable and happy at some point.
There is NO LIMIT to what we can envision and create!
Cake smash sessions are themed based on what YOU want! All the cakes seen are custom made exclusively for YOU by Sugar Coated Bakery located in the Bridgewood Plaza on Bridge Street in Dracut, MA. The theme and color scheme is your choice! If you don't know what to do for the theme I can assist you in coming up with an idea. Some parents just give me colors they like and I design the theme around that. All themes are custom to your child's experience!
To prepare for a Cake Smash you first need to book the session date & time. I only book Cake Smash session in the morning Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm and Saturdays 10am to 1pm. I DO NOT order chocolate cake for my cake smashes because it can make the "high" much more intense and it is not pleasing to photograph. PLEASE DO NOT book your child's cake smash session at/around their nap time. If your child normally naps around 9ish then book it for noon to allow for a nap. You know your child better than I do.
If your little one isn't a huge mess maker then I suggest a trial run. Set your little one on the kitchen floor and give them a tub of cool whip or pudding/yogurt and let them go to town. I've found allowing them to do this before the smash makes them a little more comfortable sitting on the ground trying to eat cake here with lights and a camera in their face.
Don't worry about all that cake everywhere! We take a warm bubble bath right in the studio after the smashing is over! Clean them up and get them ready for the rest of their session or to go home! The bubble bath is another way to get baby smiles and them playing in their element! If they love the tub they tend to love the bath!! Don't forget your towel and if your baby uses special bubble bath for skin issues please bring it. The studio uses Honest Company organic bubble bath which is great for sensitive skin!
During our session we will be playing dress up with your child. We begin the session with the cake smash! This way your child is ready to go and not exhausted from all the outfit changes by the time we get to the cake. Then we clean them up with a bubble bath (just a few inches of warm water is in the tub). Then they get all cleaned up and we do some tushy shots and then we get them dressed in some adorable outfits. *extended sessions after the smash and bath require a Full Session to be booked, otherwise only the Smash/Bath is included in the fee. Please review the pricing guide for more details!
Cake Smash sessions are fun, messy and a once in a lifetime opportunity. They only turn ONE once. Just like they are only a newborn for 2-3 short weeks! Capturing these memories frozen in time to live on with them forever and maybe torture them when they get into High School or even when they bring home their first serious boyfriend/girlfriend. It will always make you smile when you look at these memories. They aren't just Photos. They are living memories that you can share with everyone you know, look back at them when they are 5, 10, 15, of 30 and remember how the cake tasted, the "fit" they through when you smashed their hand into it, or how they peed all over the photographer because they were naked and enjoying it so very much! Stories they come along with photographs make the sessions worth every penny!
*Please NOTE* When contacting to book a spot that cake smashes are booked Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 3pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. Saturdays book well in advance so it is highly suggested to book your session 4-8 weeks before if you are looking for a Saturday. You must contact the photographer to discuss date/time options.
All photographs like this are investments into your child's memory of a time that they won't remember. Capturing fleeting moments like their first birthday celebration are worth some pretty pennies not to mention the beautiful art that can be made of fun memories!
All sessions have a session fee which reserves your session date and pays for the time and talent of the photographer. The session fee for the cake smash is $149 and include up to an hour session, custom decorated cake smash set up in the theme/color scheme of your choice, a custom cake, and the time and talent of the photographer.
Packages start at $299 and Ala Carte products are available for individual purchase or you can create your own package and save more! Most clients spend an average of $600 to $800 on a cake smash session including digital images, prints, and products.
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