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The Sweet Tradition of Cake Smash Sessions: A Modern Twist on Birthday Celebrations

Hey there clients! Today, I’m excited to chat with you about one of my favorite trends in birthday photography: cake smash sessions. Let’s dive into how this adorable tradition started, why it’s become a popular choice for birthdays of all ages, and what you can expect from a cake smash session with me as your photographer.

The Origins of Cake Smash Sessions

Believe it or not, the tradition of cake smash sessions actually has its roots in the wedding industry. It was common for couples to save the top tier of their wedding cake and smash it into each other’s faces for a playful photo op. Over time, this concept evolved into a fun and whimsical way to celebrate a baby’s first birthday, capturing those messy, joy-filled moments as they dive into their very own birthday cake.

A Popular Option for Birthdays of All Ages

What started as a trend for first birthdays has now become a popular option for birthdays of all ages. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone first birthday, a sweet sixteen, or even a fabulous fiftieth, a cake smash session is a playful and memorable way to mark the occasion and capture some truly candid and joyous moments.

Understanding the Costs

Now, let’s talk logistics. You might be wondering about the average cost for props, backdrops, cakes, and outfits for a cake smash session. While prices can vary depending on your location and specific preferences, it’s essential to budget for these key elements:

  • Props: This includes items like balloons, banners, and themed decorations to create a festive backdrop for your session.
  • Backdrops: A variety of backdrop options are available, ranging from simple solid colors to elaborate themed designs.
  • Cakes: The centerpiece of any cake smash session, the cake should be both visually appealing and deliciously smashable!
  • Outfits: Don’t forget a special outfit for the birthday boy or girl, whether it’s a cute onesie, a tutu, or a dapper little suit.

A Minimalist Approach to Cake Smash Sessions

While some photographers may go all out with heavily decorated sets and elaborate props, I’ve decided to try a different approach. I believe in keeping things simple, sophisticated, and editorial-style, with minimal props and plain backdrops that put the focus squarely on the adorable subject and not the clutter. This allows for timeless and elegant images that will stand the test of time and look beautiful displayed in your home for years to come.


Whether you’re celebrating a first birthday or a milestone occasion, a cake smash session is a delightful way to capture the joy and excitement of the moment. With a minimalist approach that emphasizes simplicity and sophistication, I’m here to create timeless images that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. So let’s plan your cake smash session today and make some sweet memories together!

Picture is from one of my heavily decorated cake smash sessions

One year old baby girls finding nemo cake smash session by Brisson Imagery

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