Bonnie’s 1st Birthday Cake Smash – Colchester Childrens Photographer

Bonnie first came to the studio when she was three weeks old, so I was delighted to see her back today for her 1st Birthday Cake Smash. What a truly delightful little girl she is! She has the most gorgeous big blue eyes and was such a character, I for one really enjoyed her session and I’m pretty sure Bonnie did too, although my guess is she was fast asleep in the car within 5 minutes of leaving here!

I have so many images that I would love to share but it’s only fair that Bonnie’s Mummy and Daddy get to see them first. 🙂

Colchester Childrens Photographer

Cake Smash Sessions are something that started in the US quite a few years ago, the idea was to take images to put on birthday party invites, it’s pretty big here in the UK now and parents use the cake smash session as an opportunity to mark their little ones 1st Birthday milestone, most people opt, if they can, to have their session on or as near to their little one’s birthday as they can.

For me the cake isn’t a really big part of the session, I think of it as messy play really. Children learn through play and there a lots of benefits to messy play. At home messy play can be stressful and a lot of work and for this reason I think messy play is often undervalued. Messy play is important because it taps into a child’s natural sense of curiosity about the world around them. The focus is about having fun exploring and less about producing or making. Appearances can be deceiving and what looks like a lot of mess really is a learning experience.

The benefits of messy play:

  • stimulates the senses.
  • helps your child experience a variety of textures.
  • Develpes hand eye coordinations and fine motor skills.

For me it’s always interesting to see the way children react differently. 🙂 I will also say most parents are surprised at how little cake is actually eaten.

As I said earlier for me the cake is just a small part of the shoot, before the cake is introduced I’ll aim to get some images of your little one, we can incorporate family and sibling images into this part of the shoot too. I have some props in the studio you are more than welcome to use, or if you have some idea’s of your own please do let me know.

The cake is introduced as point when the birthday boy/girl is starting to get bored, the length of this part of the session is totally up to your little one. I’ve had both extremes children who absolutely loved the cake smashing and children that wouldn’t go anywhere near the cake. Please don’t be disappointed if your child doesn’t want to smash the cake in some ways it’s only natural as you’ve spend the latter part of their first year weaning them to enjoy healthy wholesome foods! Another worry parents have is that their child will eat too much… honestly they don’t and if this does look like it’s going to happen the cake would be whisked away! 🙂

After the cake it’s bath time and your little one can have fun getting clean and having a splash, I haven’t had a child yet who hasn’t loved splashing and playing in the bubbles. The last part is where I tidy up, but you don’t have to worry about that, at this stage you’re on the way home with your little one fast asleep in the back of the car.

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By Sally Slack

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