Some trends come and go. Before you even blink, it’s a new hip thing, and then just as quickly, the sizzle goes away. Then there is cake smash. A trend that is steadily gaining in the list of special moments of a child’s first year. Moments that need an experienced, professional photographer to capture the wide variety of emotions.

Then why is it that cake smash photography isn’t popular? Google’s keyword planner shows 40,000 average monthly searches for ‘newborn photography’, 18,000 for ‘maternity photography’ but only 1,900 for ‘cake smash photography’.

The answer lies in a three letter word: FUD.

Now, now, hold your horses. Being one myself, I know we photographers are a crazy bunch. Before your imagination runs wild, let me clarify what FUD means: Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt.

Fear – will the cake smash be as exciting as a newborn session? Uncertainty – should I or parents get the cake? Doubt – will the baby smash the cake, so we can get good pictures? Let’s smash these one by one. See what I did there. Now that we are over my clever puns, let’s get into it.

What should I keep in mind regarding the cake?

Safety: I am big on baby safety in all my sessions whether newborn or cake smash. A baby may be allergic to wheat, egg, refined sugar among other things. For that reason, I always ask the parents to bring the cake. This also allows them to choose the design and colors.

Design: I suggest that parents get a professional cake. The results are much better. I know that the trend is to go large, but we don’t need a three-layer cake. A medium cake gets the same results in a reasonable price.

Colors: Pink, white, yellow and light green photograph well, and match with most backdrops. I like orange as well. It is vibrant and makes the photographs pop. Avoid chocolate, red and blue – the first two don’t look good when wet and the last is tough to clean.

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