Smash the Cake Before the Birthday Party

I feel like Smash the Cake Photo Sessions are becoming more and more popular.  I love that.  I think Smash the Cake Photo Shoots are just so fun...For mom it is a safe time for her to just sit back and relax and not have to worry about their child getting messy.  For the photographer, it is just so funny to see the reactions of babies and their first cake...whatever that reaction may be.  It is so fun to capture.  For the baby, well some enjoy it and others don't.  But at least at a small shoot is baby is not liking the cake, there is time and a relaxed environment to not feel pressure to "put on a show" as it would be like at a birthday party. For example, like my nephew Jackson, his mom wanted to do a Smash the Cake Session before the birthday party because she (1) didn't know how her little guy would react... so best do it when not under pressure and (2) she wanted to use the photos we got from the session at the birthday party.

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By having a separate Smash the Cake Session on a different day we also got to pick the location, set it up, and have time to decorate it all up!

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And I am so glad that we did, because come day of Jackson's birthday party (not only was I really sick that day) but the place he was eating his cake was not the most desirable for a "Smash the Cake" picture.  People were crowded around and Jackson's reaction was WAY different than at his photo shoot.  He's still the cutest one year old around though... :)

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Jackson and his cute self on the gift table!

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I wish that I would have known these things before Charlie's first birthday because I definitely would have planned a Smash the Cake Session before his party!