Why are Cake Smashes so Popular?

Cake smashes have been increasing in popularity over the last few years. So much so, the BBC picked up on this new trend and received mixed reviews.
So what’s got us going crazy over this American tradition?

cake splash photo of little girl

Unique celebration of a major milestone

No matter which way you cut it, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your child will only turn one once, and first birthdays mark a huge milestone in a baby’s development.

first birthday cake smash at Baby Elephant Portraits

Memorable portraits treasured for years to come

The adorable photos taken at a cake smash and splash are unlike any others. Sure, you could buy a cake from the supermarket and take your own photos, but will they have that clean, polished look you find in studio portraits? Will you see that gorgeous catchlight in your baby’s eyes if you take your own photos?

little girl cake splash bubble bath

Hassle-free for parents (in most cases)

This doesn’t apply for all photographers - but those that have a studio take the stress of a clean up operation away from the parents.
Just imagine - your baby can make as much mess as their little heart desires, and you don’t have to worry about the clean up!
Photographers know what type of cake is perfect for cake smash photographs, so most take the hassle away from parents by providing the cake themselves.

Fantastic opportunity for those who may have missed out on a newborn shoot

I’ve lost count the number of times parents have approached me full of regret they never captured those precious first memories of when their baby was tiny - their baby’s first birthday is the perfect opportunity to make up for that!

Every baby reacts differently

Will they approach it with caution? Will they dig straight in? Will they run from it? Who knows?!
I’ve had so many different reactions, but one thing’s for sure - whatever their reaction, we get some great photos!

cake smash for little girl's first birthday

It doesn’t have to be cake!

Some parents aren’t keen on all that sugar for their baby - that’s totally understandable! I’ve seen photographers come up with creative alternatives to cake: watermelon, fried chicken, spaghetti, ice lollies.. You name it!

Has all this cake got you hankering for a cake smash? Book yours today!

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