Donuts & Cake Smash

When your mom loves to bake, you're not only going to have a birthday cake, you're going to be surrounded by baked goodness on your first birthday.

The cake for this little girl's first birthday was homemade with love. The donuts came from HEB because there were so many donuts. The variety gave baby girl a chance to try differently flavors and she seemed to like them all. The best part (for me at least) was that were some left over. That meant I left the session with donuts!

I love a cake smash session because they are fun for everyone involved. The parents love watching their kid trying something new for the first time. The kid enjoys eating sweets. And I am able to just let the kid be themselves. I let them do their thing as I move around them taking photos of their wonderment, joy, curiosity, mischief.

If you're debating whether or not to do one of these, I say "why not?" And though they are usually done for first birthdays because it's their first cake, if you want to incorporate a cake for their other birthdays, I say go for it! It does not have to be a big set up: just your kid, a blanket, a cake. Maybe they prefer ice cream, or cupcakes, or watermelon. Make it special to you and your kid and you can't go wrong.

Here are some tips if you plan on doing a cake smash!

First, bring some helping hands. I do not provide a set up for my photo sessions (Whether it be family, portrait, or newborn) but I welcome props if you wish to bring them for your session. The setup time, however, will take place during your session time. To make the setup go faster, bring a friend or relative to help you if you are bringing several items.