Ah, the humble cake smash. No longer a strange American concept, this style of first birthday photoshoot has become so popular here in Warwickshire and the West Midlands that it's almost a rite of passage for all one-year-olds.
If your'e unfamiliar with the concept, the name tells you almost everything you need to know: pop a cake in front of a just-turned-one, or almost one-year-old, and photograph the results. It usually involves a lot of smashing, hence the name. A quick Google image search will show you that most cake smash photoshoots also involve props, posing, party outfits and primary colours. That's a lot of Ps. I think something we can all agree about cake smash photography is that it is anything but simple.
So what can you do if you love the idea of letting your little one loose on a cake (maybe even having their first taste of the good stuff?!), but you don't love the idea of all the fuss that comes with the usual frills and bows and party decorations of mainstream cake smash photoshoots?
Enter: the elegant cake smash.
At my Coventry studio, I keep it minimal. One baby, one small cake (no scary coloured icing), and that's it.
We can add in extras here and there, like cute little birthday hats or outfits, and maybe even some white balloons and bunting, but that's all completely optional.
I focus on your baby having the time of their life smashing cake anywhere they like. I don't make them sit in once place so they "fit in with" the backdrop - the whole studio is white (and, thankfully, wipe clean!) so they can take that handful of cake wherever they see fit.
Because I'm not focusing on getting "that perfect shot underneath the birthday banner and the balloons and exactly next to the teddy bear and in front of the lights", I can spend more time catching their real smiles as they enjoy some delicious, messy play.
If you live in Coventry, Warwickshire, The West Midlands or anywhere really (I've had little ones from as far as Gloucestershire come and visit!) and this sounds like the sort of cake smash that you would like for your baby's upcoming first birthday, you can find more information here, or get in touch here!