Cake Smash on our Blog


Baby’s first year is a blur of excitement and milestones. Now that you’ve reached the end of it, it’s time to party! A cake smash portrait session is the perfect celebration to capture all the joy of the last twelve months, to send out to family and friends or on a birthday announcement, and images you’ll cherish forever.


We’ll talk with you ahead of time and decide on the theme (you can do a color scheme, a sports or hobby theme, favorite toy, book, etc.) you’d like for your photos, and then we work with our bakery to create the perfect (and perfectly yummy!) cake that matches it. These are gorgeously decorated and designed layer cakes that photograph beautifully.

The point of the cake smash session is just that—the SMASH! The messier, the better! Some babies start off more timid than others, but by the time they’re done, even the daintiest of eaters tends to have frosting here, there, and everywhere! Come prepared for the mess and the fun! That being said, there are always a few kids that don’t like being messy or having something sticky on their hands. Don’t worry- we have a few tricks up our sleeves for these little ones.

Our studio is full of a huge assortment of backdrops, floors, and props and is usually the best place to photograph a cake smash. Our set designers will come up with a one of a kind background with props to match your one year old’s theme.

Have a look through our portfolio for inspiration!


We generally recommend bringing two outfits for the cake smash that coordinate with your chosen backdrop and theme, plus something clean for baby to wear home. We can supplement with our huge assortment of hats, headbands, and tutus if needed.


We start with the non-cake smash outfit and do a nice one year old portrait.  Then we will have an outfit change and dig into the cake smash portion of the session.

Cake Smash Sets Created by Gilmore Studios from Gilmore Studios on Vimeo.