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Some trends in photography 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 the cake smash - a trend steadily gaining in the list of memorable moments of a child’s first year that needs to be captured - 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," 8,000 for "maternity photography," 2,500 for "birth photography," but only 1,300 for "cake smash photography."
Now, hold your horses. Being a photographer myself, I know we are a crazy bunch! Before your imagination runs wild, let me clarify what FUD means:
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.
Follow this trick that has always worked for me. Close your eyes and dream. You have a one-year-old sitting in front of a cake who will listen and do exactly what you ask. “Dig in,” you say! And dutifully they dig in, smashing the cake in the most photographic manner possible.
I am sure you saw this one coming from a mile away. It’s a dream; REALITY IS DIFFERENT.
Repeat after me; this is not just a cake smash session! Sincere apologies if this sounds condescending, but know this, I am guilty too. We have to remind folks that this is about an experience. And a cake smash is perhaps the only time when we both create and capture the memories, right?
Remember, a cake smash session invariably coincides with a first birthday party. Picking out a theme can help parents with planning that significant event too. Even before they step into your studio, you will have become good friends with them.
Getting down to brass tacks. Make a list, so it’s easy to plan effectively:
And, all of this brings us to…
Never start a cake smash photo session without a clean-up plan. Here is the list of items I always keep on hand.
Shooting a cake smash session is only half the battle. Once you have successfully captured your images, it's time to edit them. And boy oh boy, does editing infants come with its own distinctive set of challenges, like removing blemishes, reducing redness, smoothing skin, etc.
Luckily Pretty Presets & Actions has a fantastic collection of Newborn Presets for Lightroom users. Their Bella Baby Newborn Workflow Preset Collection includes gorgeous soft and clean presets and some can't-live-without retouch and color correction brushes - everything you need to edit cake smash photos in Lightroom!
And if you edit in Photoshop (I use both), don't miss out on the LUXE Newborn Complete Workflow Photoshop Action Collection - MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE EDITING TOOLS FOR NEWBORN AND CAKE SMASH PHOTOS. In addition to the lovely color-enhancing actions, it also includes many incredibly handy skin soothing and retouch actions!
Either option (for Lightroom or Photoshop) will SAVE YOU SO MUCH TIME with beautiful results!
I hope you found these cake smash tips helpful, and the clouds of fear, uncertainty, and doubt have been cleared away. And a special thanks to the team at PRETTY for providing this photography blog to share insights with each other, helping us all.
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Hi, I am Harshita of Avnida Photography. After earning two Masters of Science in Computer Science and spending 5 years writing code, I gave in to my real passion; photography, especially of newborn and kids. Trained by the top 10 photographers in the country, I love capturing the experiences of life, and the love in everyday moments through my lens. Visit me at WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST