Preparing for your little one's Cake Smash & Splash session 

Congratulations! Let's celebrate the first year of your little one! 

I can't wait to have some fun with you all.

Here's a few tips to help the session run smoothly: 

* I plan sessions in the morning generally, however, let's chat about when your baby will be the happiest (ie not right before sleep time)

 

* Feeding - try not to feed your baby before the session so that they are more likely to be curious enough to want to eat the cake. It would also be good if this wasn't their first intro to cake. 

* Happy adults = happy kids. For babies with older siblings, it is very likely that the older sibling(s) will want to show-off or push for your attention. Don't worry if they're running around or a little crazy. Embrace it and go with it - we're more likely to get a few laughs if everyone is relaxed. 

What to bring:

- Your baby in something cute. I recommend, if possible, a one piece or something with a nappy cover so we don't see the nappy. 

- The cake: Use buttercream icing and make the actual cake as plain as possible - no mud cakes etc, they are too filling and baby won't eat much. No fondant either, it can be hard to break & it doesn't get as messy (and we want mess!)

- Milk: for a milk bath, 1 L should be plenty as it gets mixed with the water.

- Fruit: for the bath - I recommend oranges/strawberries because they look great. Blueberries sink! Also a thin slither (not too heavy but still large) of watermelon is great too for an extra add-on before getting into the water. 

- Decorations: My personal feeling is less is more! It will largely depend on where the shoot will be. If in a garden then just some bunting can be nice along with a few (2-3 small helium balloons)

- A towel /wipes for afterwards

I will bring:

- Cake stand

- Water for the bath

- The bath

- A cardboard '1' that is about 20cm in height. 

- I have a few '1' 

 

STYLE GUIDE:

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COLOURS:

Neutrals are always a safe option and look beautiful, particularly for newborn sessions. 

Keep fabrics to more naturals like cotton, linen or waffles. Knitwear in winter is perfect. I love texture! 

A pop of floral, pattern or colour can add interest but I suggest keeping the pattern or floral to only one family member -it's hard to mix patterns well.

Now I know everyone thinks that black is slimming but actually the opposite can be true,  so ideally steer way!  Black can actually make you look bigger if, for example, you're standing with your feet together, as you can't decipher one leg from the other in the photo.

MUM's:

Yes we are probably the pickiest so it's best when deciding on everyone's attire to start with you first. I love to see Mum's in long, flowy dresses as they are so feminine. The movement in them photograph beautifully. I want you to feel beautiful in what you're wearing. If you’re not keen on dresses that's ok - keep it simple with pants/skirt and add some texture with a cardi or scarf. Also just a tip to check whether your underwear can be seen - go for nude if you're worried. You want something that is easy to feed in as well.

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TODDLERS:

All in one outfits work better than two-piece - when we're playing around, lifting the baby etc it's best if we can't see the nappy and don't have to worry about keeping it covered. It's much easier to have babies in a one piece or nappy covers/tights for girls in skirts/dresses.

MORE INSPIRATION?

I have some pinterest ideas you can have a look at here. I'm happy to help you choose clothing too. Please text/message me with photos of clothing beforehand (ideally lay out everyone's outfit together in the one photo) and I can help you decide which items would work best.  I am also starting a client wardrobe so please ask if you're interested in borrowing one. (no additional cost). See available dresses here.

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DAD's:

A pair of tan coloured chinos is my favourite (jeans/shorts ok too). A knit also will look great or a plain, light-coloured t-shirt.

KIDS:

No big logos/loud colours pllllease! We want the images to be timeless. Finding great kids clothes is usually not too hard and it doesn't have to cost the earth. Girls love dresses to spin in. My current fav stores for kids are: Best n Less, Target, Cotton on Kids, Seed, Country Road. I love to see boys in tan-coloured shorts/pants and a plain tee.

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