What to do if your baby doesn’t like to be photographed? What if he or she is shy and afraid of strangers?
Step by step on what to do to make the session a pleasure for both parties and run smoothly.
Take a time
Children are unpredictable, changeable, and can surprise us a lot. Remember to set realistic expectations for how long this may take. It is the Children who set the pace for every session they participate in, and some take longer than others. The main thing is that you have extra time for the session to make sure you get what you need. The session can last 15 minutes, but it may happen that we will need much more time than expected. The child may be shy and need more time to acclimatize in the studio, and get to know the surroundings and the photographer. The photographer must try to create nothing of communication with the child quickly. When the first smile appears, it’s a sign that we can turn on the studio light and get started.
Choose the cake with Care
In a smash cake session, the second most important element after the baby is the cake. It must be the cake your child wants to eat. Choose a mass of cake with your favourite fruit, decorate it with flowers, coloured glaze, etc. Avoid chocolate cakes! they do not look good in pictures and are not so easy to clean. I recommend not to cover the cake with sugar or chocolate because it will be hard to get inside and the whole fun is to get there as soon as possible. I advise against serving themed cakes. If on top of the cake there will be sugar figurines with favourite characters from fairy tales, the child will focus their attention on them and not on eating the cake. Most photographers include the cake in their “Cake Smash” photo shoot, but for security reasons, I recommend that parents order the cake itself. The child may have allergies (to wheat, eggs, etc.) and it is best to let the parents take care of this.
Pre-Cake Mini Photoshoot
Before the cake smashing action begins, be sure to capture a few portraits of the baby and family members, as well as detailed shots of the cake and decorations. Watch the baby during this short photoshoot. You can observe how he/she behaves in front of the camera, where he/she looks, and how he/she reacts to your voice. Keep this part of the session short, don’t let the baby bored. When photographing the cake, I recommend taking close-up shots of the cake details, cake topper, and other items or props on the set. This is in addition to capturing wider shots of the scene as well. Check out the mini session photo ideas offered by A&M Mazur Photography.
Dial in your camera settings
As I mentioned above, children (especially one-year-olds) can prove highly unpredictable. The last thing you want to do while photographing a cake smash is fumble around with your camera settings only to miss frame-worthy moments. To help, here’s a basic starting point for dialing in your exposure so that you can focus on shooting.
Favourite photoshoot theme
Find out from the parents what the child likes, what cartoons they watch, what their favourite character is etc. With this information, you can create a background that will interest your child and bring a smile to their face. Your child will be happy to dress up as a fairy tale character and look at the cake topper with their favourite fairy tale characters with a smile.