Cake Smash Photography Tips

Interested in celebrating your baby’s first birthday in a fun way? Here are my top tips for cake smash photography sessions:

Tip 1: Plan the photo session time

As most parents know, when it comes to babies – timing is everything! It’s super important that your photo session time works well for your child. It should fit around their normal routine so that they don’t require a nap/snack. If your child is hungry or tired it can be a recipe for disaster! I always hold my cake smash sessions in the morning as I find that babies tend to be easier to work with in the mornings. I always try to give my clients lots of flexibility though when it comes to the start time. I only photograph one session per day so that I can give my little clients the best opportunity to be rested, fed and happy for their session.

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Tip 2: Choose your cake wisely

Due to allergy concerns I always let my clients arrange their own cake for the cake smash (or fruit for a fruit smash). There are a few tips when it comes to choosing a cake however. My number one tip would be not to choose a chocolate cake. The results can look a little untoward if you know what I mean…. and it can look like… well to be brutally honest – poo!


I usually suggest a vanilla or other non-chocolate flavour and I have a few recommendations for local cake suppliers but otherwise something simple from Woolworths or Coles can work beautifully.

Tip 3: Wardrobe

When it comes to what to wear – there are a few suggestions I have. I’m probably what most people would call a “minimalist” photographer – I like my photos clean and simple. For me you really can’t go past beautiful neutrals and pastels. The most important things are to avoid bold patterns, stripes etc. I have some cute outfits on hand which you are welcome to select from for your baby’s session as well.

I hope these tips are helpful for you! Be sure to click here to FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY FIRST BIRTHDAY CAKE SMASH SESSIONS.

Best wishes! Amy xx

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    About amy - newborn & baby photographer sydney
    - Academy of newborn photography
    certified photographer

    - Over 9 years experience

    - Current CPR & Infant first aid

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    Hi! I'm Amy Tong. I'm a newborn baby photographer in the Sydney Inner West surburb of Balmain, Australia. I'm Mum to 3 little ones, and wife to my best friend of almost 20 years. I've always been creative. A lover of music, art and history. Photography has been an important part of my life since I first picked up a camera as a hobby back in 2008.


    I began my career as a professional baby photographer back in 2012 and have had the honour of photographing over 300 babies since then.
    To me, photography allows us to preserve moments in time for future generations. I can't think of any better job in the world. I'd love to hear from you and help you hold on to these special moments too..

    Amy xx

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