A sweet baby girl dressed in a red and white coloured romper sitting on the floor next to a white birthday cake decorated with strawberries during a cake smash session in Sydney.

Our Top Tips for the Perfect
Cake Smash Photoshoot!

Congratulations on surviving the first year, let’s celebrate with a cake smash photoshoot!

Having a tiny human to take care of is not easy task. So much to learn, so much to remember, and so much to organise!

Talking about organisation, your baby is turning turn one, which is a big deal and calls for a celebration!

This is why I created this blog, with some tips and tricks for the perfect cake smash that is amazing, stress-free and most of all fun.

An experience you can enjoy together with your little one to remember for years to come!

I hope this makes it easier for you to start planning and gets you excited for your search with these top tips for the perfect cake smash!

If you are looking for our Cake Smash Photos Gallery, please click here.

Twin baby girls sitting in a white tub during their cake smash photoshoot.
A gorgeous little boy smiling into the camera during a birthday photoshoot.
A sweet baby girl laughing happily during her first birthday cake smash. She is wearing a pink tulle dress.
A cheeky little boy wearing a light green coloured outfit sitting on a green floor next to a white and brown coloured ombre cake during a jungle themed cake smash photography session in Sydney.
A sweet little one year old celebrating her birthday with a Harry Potter themed cake smash photography session in Sydney.
A sweet little baby girl smiling happily sitting in a white bath tub during her cake smash photoshoot to celebrate her first birthday in Sydney.

Plan your Perfect Cake Smash in advance

We recommend booking your session about 3-4 weeks prior to your baby’s birthday. 

This is to allow enough time for your gallery to be ready as well as any prints your order to arrive.

Most of our cake smash clients enjoy displaying their prints or play the images on a slideshow during the birthday party as well as perhaps using one of their favourite image for the party invite.

Choose the time of your photoshoot carefully

Please ensure your schedule your baby’s first birthday photoshoot for the part of the day when your little one is the happiest and most rested.

Avoid scheduling for nap times or when your little one tends to be needing you most.

A sweet little baby girl crying sitting next to a brown cake on a golden stand during a Harry Potter themed cake smash photoshoot.

Be flexible & keep an open mind

Young children can be unpredictable as you probably have experienced by now. 

Please be flexible and avoid putting high expectations on yourself or your baby prior to and during your session. 

This way you’ll be relaxed which in turn will calm your little one resulting in a happy and successful photoshoot.

Snack & water

Not all babies will take to the cake straight away and some will flat refuse to eat it. After all we don’t feed them sweet delights often in their first year of life. 

To overcome this we advise having your baby’s favourite dry snack with you to spread around the cake for baby to pick and eat instead.

As cake smashing is thirsty work, it’s always handy to have your little one’s water bottle with you as well.

A baby girl sucking on a strawberry during her cake smash photography session to celebrate her first birthday.

Bring a helper to your first birthday shoot

Having two familiar faces at the studio help your baby settle and feel more at ease.

If your other half are not able to attend the session please try and ask a friend, grandparent or auntie whom baby likes to come along to help.

Pack spare clothes

Smashing cakes is messy business, not only for baby but for parents as well! 

Your baby will get icing on their hands (and all over their body!) no doubt! But luckily they get to have a bath to wash off afterwards.

Babies like to give and receive reassuring cuddles during our cake smash sessions, so please keep in mind that your clothes may get somewhat messy from those cute (but messy) little hands!

A handsome little one year old chewing on a wooden spoon during a first birthday cake smash photoshoot.

Not just about the smiles

Babies at this age are still so scrumptious and so tiny! 

At the same time starting to show their unique personalities and cheeky characters.

Our cake smash sessions are not all about capturing your baby smiling straight into the camera.

We want to capture them playing, exploring, showing their feelings, testing their skills.

Our aim is to capture them as they are, so you can remember their sweetness, their delicate little hands holding toys and picking up things, those cute little toes and their beautiful wondering eyes.

It’s important to capture it all, not just the smiles!

Our Cake Smash Clients Who Trust Us Say ...

"We Have Just Received The Photo Gallery Of My Daughter’s Cake Smash And Oh My Gosh, Reka!

You’ve Done It Again! You’ve Managed To Make Me Laugh And Cry At The Same Time (Happy Tears Of Course)!

Your Photos Are Always Better Than I Could’ve Ever Imagined!"
A stunning portrait of a young mum and her daughter taken during a Mother's Day photoshoot in Sydney.
Melissa G.
Inner West, Sydney
"Can't Recommend Hello Baby Enough!

Reka Is So Talented And Our Experience Has Been Perfect Every Step Of The Way! We Did Cake Smash Shoot For Our Daughter And Absolutely Love The Photos!

Quality Is Amazing! Service Was Perfect And The Photos Were Recieved So Promptly! Couldn't Be Happier!"
Narelle Hana
Western Sydney
"Reka Was Very Accommodating From The Start In Trying To Organise Our Daughter's Cake Smash. On The Day She Made Sure Our Daughter Was Comfortable And At Ease Before Starting. She Gave Us Options How To Go About The Whole Session To Make Sure We Get The Best Results And Adjusted To Our Daughters Needs The Whole Time. She Was So Patient With Her And As A Result We Got Awesome And Wonderful Pictures To Share. We Highly Recommend HelloBABY Photography And The Photos Speak For Themselves."
A sweet baby girl laughing happily during her first birthday cake smash. She is wearing a pink tulle dress.
Khuny Nv
The Hills District, Sydney

How to Book Your Perfect Cake Smash

Booking your Cake Smash Photoshoot with HelloBABY Photography is super easy!

Reserve your Date

The first thing you need to do is to reserve your preferred date as early as you possibly can.

Our diary fills up 6-8 weeks in advance, so ensure you get your spot booked well in advance.

Select your Theme

We have a large selection of gorgeous themes for you to choose from.

Can’t decide yet? No problem!

You can simply choose one to make your booking and let us know latest 1 week prior to your session your final selection.

Enjoy your session

Follow the above top tips for the perfect cake smash and our Prep-Guide that we send you once you made your booking to enjoy a fun photoshoot to celebrate your baby turning one!

Relax and enjoy and leave the rest to us! (Including decoration and cake too!)

Have any questions?

Hi, I’m Reka, the photographer behind these gorgeous and popular cake smash photoshoots. I can’t wait to meet you and your little one soon, however if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to get in touch via email on contact@hellobaby.com.au or by booking your consultation below.

Newborn photographer, Reka Choy, posing for a portrait in a dusty pink dress.

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4 Responses

  1. Great guide on how to prepare for your baby’s first birthday photoshoot. Many useful tips and ideas we wouldn’t have thought about when planning our daughter’s cake smash. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Jason for your lovely feedback. It was an absolute pleasure to have you all at our Sydney cake smash photography studio to capture and celebrate your baby’s first birthday with one of our individually designed cake smash photoshoots! I love how your smash cake gallery turned out and so pleased you are happy with the images and the prints included in your package. I look forward to capture your gorgeous family again and can’t wait for your upcoming outdoor family photography session as well!

  2. The cake smash ksession with Reka was brilliant. Reka is calm and gentle and works with your baby waiting for them to warm up and take the perfect shot! The enviroenment is safe and clean and the information before the session makes sure you are prepared and get the best photos of your baby. Thanks Reeka

    1. Thank you Laura for your kind feedback. I’m so pleased our cake smash photography preparation guide and useful tips helped you prior to your session. Smash cake photography sessions are such an amazing way to capture your baby’s first birthday, and I’m so happy we managed to create such a beautiful gallery of your baby’s special milestone! I look forward to seeing you all again soon! Kindest regards, Reka

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