Smash Cake Photos
Smash Cake Photos
In the world of photography, there is something we are seeing a whole lot more of over the last decade: cake smash photo shoots.
No, I’m not talking about the moment the bride and groom decide to annihilate each others faces with a slice of cake – although, that can be fun too. What I’m referring to now, is the photos meant to memorialize a child’s shift from baby to toddler. Cake smash shoots have been popping up all over the place as a way for parents and children alike to celebrate that first birthday, and to walk away with some pretty incredible photos as souvenir’s.
Because, who doesn’t love a picture of a kid covered in cake?
Now, as with most things, Pinterest has really begun dictating how these cake smash sessions should go. Photos with lots of props and bright colors are everywhere, leading plenty of mothers and photographers striving to one-up whatever mystical cake smash creation they have seen most recently.
I’m not all about that. Anyone who has ever perused my photography knows that I am much more documentary in style. I don’t like creating an impractical keeping-up-with-the-Jones scene to photograph, I like capturing a moment in time as it is happening in all its natural glory.
Now, sure, one could argue that there isn’t a whole lot natural about putting an entire cake in front of a one-year old to begin with – but I would disagree. That is the fun stuff. The first taste of real sugar. The realization that this cake is all theirs, and that no one is trying to take it away. The glee in eating bite after bite or the shocked expression crested by their first experience with sugar on that scale – and making a fantastic mess in the process.
That, is something I can get behind taking pictures of.
All the fake Pinterest props and over-the top scene creation, however, I could do without.
Think about it. Your child’s first birthday is already pretty special, and that first cake is like a rite of passage now – it’s something all the cool babies are doing. You don’t need to dress that up or over glorify it. There is already so much beauty and depth in the emotion to begin with.
Think I’m lying? Watch a child closely the next time they get a taste of something truly delectable or new. Pay attention to their facial expressions and the way they eye this delicacy in front of them. Tune out everything else around you, and just focus on the moment, on the child, and on the full spectrum of excitement.
That is what I would like to capture during cake smash sessions. The display