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My First Cake Smash

I've been running my photography business for about a year and a half now. Things are going well and I have been having so much fun! I received a message a couple of months ago from a sweet girl, who's name is also Brooke. She booked me to shoot a cake smash session for her daughter, Peyton, who at the time was about to turn one. I decided it might be nice to share my experience with everyone.

I had seen so many cake smash photos on Pinterest but had never shot one myself. I was super excited and jumped at the opportunity! We booked the date and discussed the theme. We would be working with shades of purple and teal to go along with Peyton's mermaid party.

I quickly began brainstorming ideas for how I would set everything up. I decided to use a wood backdrop to give the photos a ship-like feel. I used tissue paper to make pom poms to place on the floor around where Peyton would sit. I stumbled across these cute purple circle garlands at Hobby Lobby and they made me think of bubbles. I hung them in front of the backdrop to add more interest and depth to the photos.

Brooke had already chosen the design for the cake. When she arrived the day of the shoot, I was so impressed! The colors coordinated perfect with our theme and the cake was beautiful! Sally with Amazing Flowers and Gifts in Andrews, NC did a wonderful job. Here is a link to her page on Facebook if you are interested in having her create a cake for you:

So, Peyton arrived full of energy and ready to go! She had such a spunky personality and sweet smile. I wasn't sure exactly how she was going to react to the cake. I knew if it was anything like my son's reaction to his first birthday cake it would be a screaming fest. I mean the bad "I don't want anything to do with this" kind of screaming fest.

She had the total opposite reaction, though, and dug right in!

Those little toes...

... and those little fingers...

were all quickly covered in fondant and frosting. Peyton was having such a great time! She thought her cake was so yummy!

The shoot was a success! We had been planning this for so long. It seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye. Time really does fly when you're having fun!

I am so thankful that Peyton's mom believed in me. Although I had never photographed a cake smash session, she trusted me to get the job done. I was so thrilled with how well it went! I hope Brooke was just as pleased with the shoot.

Then the clean-up began! I had cake all over my dining room but I didn't mind at all. I loved getting to shoot my first cake smash and I can't wait for the next one!

If you are interested in booking me to photograph your next special moment, send me a message! My contact info is listed below. Thank you so much for reading!

Much love,


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