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How to Plan a DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot

My sweet baby boy Kaleb recently turned 1 years old! Man time really waits for no one.  Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of the special moments we created as a family to document this day.  I always knew that I wanted to do something different for his first birthday.  I wanted to make Kaleb’s day special for him and the entire family and do something low key and without all the fuss and stress at the same time. 

I decided to wake Kaleb up to eat his very first piece of cake during the time that he was born at 8:17am!  We set up a simple and super easy background the night before, so that we could document his first cake smash in the cutest way.  Not only was this super easy and adorable, it costs basically nothing to do.  Here is a list of all the materials we used to set up our photo shoot. Since I already had the tissue paper, Balloons, tape, and string, the total cost for this sweet idea was less than $8!!!  This doesn’t include the cake, but you could always make this yourself or get a smaller cupcake.

Materials for cake smash photo shoot:

  1. Sturdy Tape like Packing Tape or Painters Tape
  2. Large plastic table cloth
  3. Bulletin Paper 4’x12’ or larger (can be found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels and make sure you find a coupon to use)
  4. Tissue Paper and Ribbon/String
  5. Balloons or any other cute props you would like to use

Here is how we set up:

  1. Spread out the plastic table cloth on the floor and tape it so that it stays in place. This is to protect your floor from icing and cake crumbs and also helps with clean up afterwards.
  2. Roll out the bulletin paper and tape it over the table cloth and wall area that you are using for the background. This works best if you have another person to help out with holding it in place while you apply tape.  Also remember to be careful when taping to a wall as it could cause paint damage. 
  3. Add any cute props or signs and place them in the center of this area, so that your photo does not capture any of the BTS taping, etc. Be creative and have fun!  I made a tassel garland and poms out of tissue paper, and blew up a few balloons.
  4. Add your cake, cake stand, and guest of honor and take all the photos! More ideas and some of my inspiration can be found here

All of Kaleb’s sisters and the hubby woke up to help and we all ate cake for breakfast that morning with the birthday boy. 
It was so much fun, and way less stressful than trying to capture this moment at a huge birthday party.  Remember to try to keep your subject in the center as much as possible so that you don’t capture all the behind the scenes stuff. I can’t wait to hear about some of your ideas for how to celebrate birthdays, and as always…let me know what questions you have below!

*I was NOT financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

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