How to do a cake smash session {Cake Smash Photographer, San Jose, CA}

This post is for professional photographers as well as for parents who consider hiring/doing 1st b-day cake smash for their little one. In a few simple steps I will tell you how to do a cake smash session, and succeed with it.

Cake smash is not about posing, it’s not about the right outfit, or the perfect location. It is about fun and mess, and celebration of your little one turning ONE! It is one-of-a-kind session, and I highly recommend doing it with your kids.

I won’t lie to you.

Cake smash sessions are not the most complex and hard to do. They are super fun, and they can be done in a comfort of your own home. No matter if you’re hiring a professional or doing it yourself, theses few simple tricks will help you to get the best out of this session.

If you’re prepared the right way, they are not even that messy. If you’re hiring a photographer, it is good if he/she can come to your home, so you’re close to the bathtub after the session is done.

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1. The best time to do the cake smash session.

DEFINITELY MORNING, right before breakfast.

It is good to feed you lil one a very small meal before the session. The more hungry the baby is the more likely he/she is to dig into the cake! Also sleepy and cranky babies equal disaster, no matter what activity we are trying to do with them. Our little ones go through stages of up and downs during the day. It is the best thing to pick the right time. If your baby is most likely to be happy after his afternoon nap then do the session at that time.

2. The cake.

CAKE IS IMPORTANT, but don’t let it to take away from the whole experience. Don’t forget that it’s your little one who is in the focus not the cake.

If the cake is too sweet, it’s guaranteed the baby will not want to eat it. Most store-bought cakes are too sweet for such small kids to enjoy it.

Also the frosting should be soft so the baby is encouraged to dig deeper. The softer the better.

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3. Decorations

Cake smash session can be done anywhere. Studio, your home, your back yard, public park. I like simple decorations that you can get at any party supplies store or etsy. Color coordinated set up is recommended. You can use you wall as a background, and get a plexiglass sheet from a store for the floor, or vinyl flooring from Home Depot. If you already have a hard wood floor then non of these are necessary.

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4. Team work

No matter if you’re hiring a professional or doing it yourself, cake smash is a team work. One is taking pictures while all the participants try to encourage the baby to eat the cake or encourage him to smile.

Often the baby will burst into tears or simply will want to leave the scene without even trying the cake. Do not give up. Try to encourage him/her to have a bite. Cut it for him/her if necessary. Engage into a game of digging in. In the past I had a baby who didn’t want to touch the cake, but was ok with digging in with a fork. Get creative with it.

You must know that situation is new to your baby, and he/she needs some help to understand it.

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5. Don’t hesitate to use tricks

Remember, during cake smash session your baby is put into a totally new situation. Not only he/she is presented with a overpowering flavor of sugar, sugar, sugar, he/she also is not sure if all of the sudden he is allow to get so dirty and messy and just go for it. Let encourage the baby to eat the cake by sneaking a favorite food into the cake, for example, small pieces of banana 🙂

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6. Bathtub

Cake smash without sweet bathtub photos is not a complete session. Don’t forget to finish your session with some water and bubble bath 🙂 Make it playful and relaxing, your baby worked hard for this.

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Happy 1st B-day {Cake Smash Session, Mountain View, CA}

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What could be a better way to celebrate my first year in business if not this session. As I was starting, a little confused, scared of what the future will bring, and scared of every single session I went to, I got nothing but encouragement from all my first clients. This family wasn’t any different! When I met this little guy for the first time he was only 4 days old, and he was the most calm and sleeping through the entire session baby – a newborn all newborn photographers hope for when they go to a session like that.

This time I met him for his 1st b-day. It was sweet and unbelievably cute. So many times during the session I just wanted to stop and hug this little guy!!!




After the rain, the sun comes out {Lifestyle Family Photographer, San Jose, CA}

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I am so much behind updating my blog here but living the life of a mom of two young children the inevitable thing, in this time of a year, had happened.  Both kids got sick at the same time and among doing lots of laundry and sleepless nights my last desire was to sit in front of the computer taking care of blog.

At the same time I almost lost hope for the opportunity to take my kids out to the Fall colors and fallen leaves. Day after day had passed by and it seemed like there is no end to their illness.

Finally after a short test walk two days ago, yesterday we went for a wonderful trip. The one I was hoping for since Fall has arrived. We played. Threw leaves. Got grumpy.
Life is good! 🙂


Alicia in Wonderland {Family/Kids Photography, San Jose, CA}

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We met with Alicia and her mom in one beautiful late afternoon. I’ve been working on a special project (that is top-secret for now) and I was planning to focus a lot on Alicia’s mom, but when the camera made its first “click” something clicked in Alicia, as well.

From a shy, hiding behind her mamma girl, she opened up like being in front of a camera was her first nature, like she’s done it many times before. I just couldn’t miss all those wonderful moments in which she became the star.

Thank you both, girls!!!

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Family Photo Session {Family Photography, San Jose, CA}

During this session I felt like I was in a private “pump it up” kind of party. There was a lot of jumping, ball throwing, jumping, and more jumping and…
…. and have I mentioned there was a lot of jumping? I felt like my camera is going to burn down. At the end we had a chance to watch a beautiful sunset.

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 Of course, I could not pass the big mirror and some reflection shots!!! I love the way kids interact with mirrors. True bliss.


Fall Mini-Session {Family Photography, San Jose, CA}

Fall is around the corner, and it happens to be my favorite season of the year. I think everyone who has something to do with photography loves Fall.

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I know, I know, it’s not Fall yet, and there is not enough of colors out there to get so excited… But I am, that’s how I love Fall 🙂
I have already found a several beautiful locations for it with plenty of colors.

This offer ends on September 26th!!! 


Hope to see you soon, my friends!

Beautiful Family in a Beautiful Gardens {Family Photography, San Jose, CA}

The session was nothing but fun. We had hats, neck ties, lolipops and bubbles, only our balloons flew away before we started shooting. We had quite fun time running around this wonderful place (Elisabeth Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto).

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Having two girls myself I always wonder (mostly after a session with boys involved) how would that be to have boys. Gosh, they can tired you out…


Location Scouting for Photo Sessions {Kids Photography, San Jose, CA}

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Those two are my inseparable companions whenever I go location scouting.
When a potential client proposes a location I am not sure about or have never been to before, those two are the first models I take to that place and see if it could work or not.

In this case it was only a refresher, because it appeared I have been to this place and had done some shots there in the past. (Ugh, my poor memory!)
It is definitelly a YES for my future sessions and it got definitelly approved by my two models as a place to go and play whenever we are bored by our regular playgrounds and parks!

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It’s a boy! {Newborn Photography, San Jose, CA}


I met this beautiful family when they were still waiting for their baby boy:

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It was a wonderful day when I opened my email and read “Hello Ewa, our baby boy arrived yesterday. We are all fine and happy. When can we schedule new sesssion?” The best email a photographer can receive. Pretty soon after I reveived that message I had the chance to meet Leonardo myself.



San Francisco City Hall Wedding {Bay Area Photography, CA}


When we first met to talk about their wedding they had it planned for 4 people. A few days after that it appeared that the party evolved into something bigger. Considering it was my first wedding session the level of my excitement grew with the number of wedding guests. What we had planned to do in one day had to be stretched for two sessions therefore in few days you will see them again here but in different scenarios.


and for some weird reason I can not embed the slide show into this post… Instead you can click here to watch it.
I am sorry for the inconvenience.