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It is a lot of fun to capture your one year old (already?! Time flies!) touching, smashing, discovering and tasting their first birthday cake!
Even though it is a messy affair, it usually delivers a wide range of emotions, surprise, smiles, laughter and excitement, not to mention the concentration on the task of smashing… and finally, the first bites!
In order to prepare for your session, you’ll need to think about a few important items
Firstly, the outfit. Even though it might be obvious, but let me say it one more time – very likely things will get messy. Like very MESSY. So whatever outfit you’d choose, please be prepared to wash it thoroughly, or even toss it if your baby gets really excited. Therefore, you might consider picking something you’ll be okay to part with, in case the stains won’t get off easily.
Some ideas on clothes may include, for boys – jeans and a bow tie, or a hoodie/shirt with funny images, or, maybe even a full tuxedo. You could also consider some accessories, such as hats of different kinds – sports, classy or funny. There are also ties and scarves to think of.
My personal preference is to keep the baby barefoot, but it is your call whether you’d like to have socks or shoes on.
For little ladies, puffy skirts/dresses is always a great idea, and you could definitely accessorize! Hats, crowns, jewelry, purses… There are also princess dresses, if your little one might be into dressing like one!
If possible, consider putting on the parts of the outfit at home, so when you arrive, there will be little to no changing, as from my experience, getting dressed is rarely baby’s favorite activity, so we want to keep distractions to a minimum to keep him happy and content.
Finally, think about your own clothes – there is a chance you’ll be in some of the pictures, and your little one likely won’t bother washing his or her hands before grabbing your dress. So consider wearing something that is easy to wash afterwards.
Secondly, the cake
I ask my clients to bring the cake with them. The reason is mainly dietary restrictions and/or food allergies and sensitivities that many one year olds have, so it is better if you know exactly what the cake is made from.
However, there are some recommendations on content and looks, so we get the best possible pictures. I recommend having softer layers and quite a bit of frosting/icing, so the baby could actually grab full fists of it, without having to break the layers first.
It is better to have more natural looking icing, e.g. whipped cream vs. heavy colored thick layer of butter based cream. Also, whipped cream looks very nice on those sweet cheeks and noses!
You may consider putting a candle (no need to light it, safety first!) or sticking a sign on top of the cake, both look very nice for pictures
I'll take care of cleaning the space, of course, and I will bring plastic bags, wipes etc for you to clean the baby. You are welcome to take a towel with you and give your baby a quick shower afterwards if you like.
After that you might have a bite of whatever is left, and very shortly the pictures will be ready for you to enjoy!
And finally, bring good spirits!
Let’s make sure we plan the session for the time when the baby is well rested and in good mood, so she’ll be all smiles when the cake arrives in front of her. Also, depending on his or her habits, think about the best time to feed the baby – before or after the session (is he or she likely to enjoy the dessert after or maybe instead of the meal?)